One of the scenes everyone is talking about when they come out of seeing The Revenant is that terrific bear attack which features Leonardo DiCaprio being thrown around the woods by a CGI Grizzly. The director of The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, has been adamant on keeping the behind the scenes info of The Revenant a secret, but now the stuntman involved in the scene has revealed how they pulled it off.
Glenn Ennis is a 51-year-old stuntman and has worked on such films as Freddy vs. Jason and Watchmen. Ennis said the following about the scene in question during an interview with Global News:
“In rehearsals, I would wear a blue suit with a bear head,” “Obviously that doesn’t make it into the film, and the CGI guys paint the bear in. Alejandro [Iñárritu] was adamant that the blue bear moved just like a real bear would move, and it was essential that it had the same nuances that a bear would have. Even though it was a big Smurf bear, it still had to be as authentic as possible."
To prepare for his role, Ennis researched bear attacks to capture their movements and traits. He compared the attack to "a cat playing with a mouse". That comes across in the scene, it's as if the bear is toying with Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) and not just going for the easy kill.
Some of you may remember that before The Revenant's release, a report came out saying that the scene involved DiCaprio being raped by the bear. Ennis had this to say about that report:
“It was people with no life, I guess, who started that,” Ennis said. “I spent a lot of time rolling around with Leo, but it was all consensual.”
The Revenant is currently playing in cinemas and has gained itself 12 Oscar Nominations including Best Picture, Director and Actor.
If you've not yet seen The Revenant, check out my review of the film here. And check out the trailer below to get a look at the very impressive scene featuring Leonardo DiCaprio go toe to toe with a mighty Grizzly Bear.
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