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The True Story Behind ‘The Revenant’


There’s plenty of hype building around Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Oscar nomination for ‘The Revenant’. Will he finally get that little gold statue he’s been robbed off for far too many years?

With all the fuss and critical acclaim surrounding ‘The Revenant‘, it all begs the question: what was it all about?

As you most probably already know, ‘The Revenant’ is based on the journey of Hugh Glass, a 19th-century trapper who travelled 1,500 miles through the wilderness in pursuit of vengeance against the men who left him for dead after he was mauled by a bear.

According to TIME, ‘The Oregon Trail’ which uncovers the history of the American West, also delves into the true story of Hugh Glass, his encounter with the bear and more. “The grizzly is one of the most ferocious and dangerous animals in the world – as some San Francisco gamblers proved long ago when they staged a fight between a grizzly and a tiger; the tiger was dead in a few seconds,” the book says. I guess that squashes any doubt about ‘The Revenant’ bear’s capabilities.

Apparently, after his fellow travellers left him for dead and “took with them all his belongings – his gun, knife, flint and other essentials of wilderness”, Glass’s rage provided him the vitalizing will to live and, without a gun, he began to drag himself to Fort Kiowa, 100 miles away.

He then went on to eat the raw meat of a buffalo calf and join a trapping party on its way to Yellowstone who were then attacked by a group of Native Americans. None of the group survived, except for Glass, who was saved by another tribe.

The big surprise is how it all ended, which turned out to be quite different from the movie. “In June, he walked into the fort at last to face those who had deserted him. Reports of his superhuman journey and vengeful desire had already reached the fort; he was received with awe and expectation, but his rage has been completely exhausted by the nine-month trek. Nothing happened.”

Rather anti-climactic, and perhaps not an Oscar-winning ending, but the harsh reality of ‘The Revenant’ nevertheless.

[via TIME]




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