Leonardo DiCaprio reacts to ‘absurd’ rumours of bear rape in ‘The Revenant’

20th Century Fox previously dismissed reports

Leonardo DiCaprio has refuted suggestion that his character is “raped by a bear” in new film The Revenant.

In the forthcoming western from Oscar-winning Birdman director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, DiCaprio plays a fur trapper called Hugh Glass who is left for dead by his hunting team after being attacked by a bear. The film follows Glass’s battle to survive a brutal winter by himself in the American wilderness.

Last month Drudge Report claimed that Iñárritu’s film had been causing “maximum controversy” in preview screenings because it features scenes in which Glass is violated by a bear. “The bear flips Leo over and thrusts and thrusts during the explicit mauling,” the article claimed.

DiCaprio was asked about these rumours at the premiere of the film, which also stars Tom Hardy, in Los Angeles last night. Dismissing the very idea of what was reported, DiCaprio told E! News: “I have no idea where these ridiculous things come from, and what you do when you hear stuff like that. It’s absurd. It’s absurd.”

20th Century Fox previously denied the reports with a representative saying: “As anyone who has seen the movie can attest, the bear in the film is a female who attacks Hugh Glass because she feels he might be threatening her cubs. There is clearly no rape scene with a bear.”

The Revenant opens in select US cinemas on December 25 before being released in the UK on January 15. According to bookmakers, DiCaprio is currently frontrunner for next year’s Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Hugh Glass, with his nearest competition coming from Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl) and Johnny Depp (Black Mass).

Watch the latest trailer for The Revenant below.