The Internet is a strange fake-fact generating machine, but many still believe its innumerable lies. The most recent erroneous information promulgated on the World Wide Web would have you believe that in the upcoming movie The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio is raped by a bear—twice. This is, fortunately or unfortunately, simply not true.
The rumor started after a salacious headline ran on the conservative news / poorly designed conspiracy theory website Drudge Report. "DICAPRIO RAPED BY BEAR IN FOX MOVIE," claimed the headline. "The explicit moment from Oscar winning director Alejandro Inarritu has caused maximum controversy in early screenings," reads the article. "Some in the audience escaped to the exits when the Wolf of Wall Street met the Grizzly of Yellowstone ... Not to be outdone, DiCaprio rips open a horse and sleeps naked in its carcass!"
It seems, however, that in reality none of this is true. "As anyone who has seen the movie can attest, the bear in the film is a female who attacks [DiCaprio's] Hugh Glass because she feels he might be threatening her cubs," said a Fox spokesperson in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. "There is clearly no rape scene with a bear."
Notably, a Jeb Bush campaign correspondant was intruiged by the fallacious headline:
But how did Drudge even come up with this idea? The folks over at LAist have done some deep research on the subject, concluding that Drudge had sensationalized a rather colorful description of the scene: "Drudge's post links to a review of the film at Showbiz 411 by Roger Friedman, who right in the headline calls the attack a 'molestation.' The scene in question opens the movie and is actually being praised by Friedman (who recalls the terror of the shark in Jaws), but the language he uses to describe the mauling is quite colorful: 'The bear flips Glass over on his belly and molests him—dry humps him actually—as he nearly devours him.'
If you are still somehow interested in this film despite the absence of bear rape, here's the trailer:
The Revenant opens in limited-release on Christmas Day, with a wide-release on Jan. 8, 2016.