Fox would like everyone to know that Leonardo DiCaprio’s character does not get raped by a bear in “The Revenant.”
On Tuesday, a report hit Matt Drudge’s Drudge Report that sent the Internet into a frenzy, claiming that DiCaprio’s character in the upcoming movie is victim to a violent rape at the hands of a bear. Journalists and other industry figures who have seen the movie subsequently clarified that DiCaprio is not raped, but simply brutally mauled by the bear.
Fox, the studio behind the film, decided to also set the record straight by issuing a statement later on Tuesday, maintaining that the Drudge report is incorrect.
“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,” a Fox spokesperson said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “There is clearly no rape scene with a bear.”
The report on Drudge quotes a source saying that “He is raped – twice!,” and claims that people in the audience walked out of theaters in disgust of the scene.
“The Revenant,” directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and also starring Tom Hardy, debuts in limited release on Christmas Day, and goes wide Jan. 8.