THE REVENANT – The bear attack scene remains in the minds of spectators who saw The Revenant with Leonardo Dicaprio. Secrets of filming.
[Mis à jour le 12 novembre 2020 à 20h50] Released in 2016, The Revenant impressed critics and film professionals, winning several Oscars (best directors, best photography …) but especially that of the best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, the first of his career. After seeing AlAlejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s feature film, it’s hard not to keep in mind the impressive scene of the bear attack. Violent and brutal, its realism both frightens and fascinates. During this scene, the protagonist of this survival movie, Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is alone in a forest and is attacked by a wild bear. He is brutally dragged by the animal, which pulls his arms and leg before leaving him for dead.
But how was this scene from The Revenant shot? Fortunately for Leonardo DiCaprio, it was not a real bear that was used for the camera capture. Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu called on the technique of performance capture and the talent of stuntman Glenn Ennis (Fantastic 4, Man Of Steel, Game of Thrones …), who plays the bear. The latter had to wear a blue suit and a plastic bear head throughout his performance. The scene was shot, before being digitally reworked to make it look like a real bear is attacking Hugh Glass. For his part, Leonardo DiCaprio was swung by cables attached to a false tree. A colossal job that has paid off when we discover the final result!
Synopsis – True adventurer, Hugh Glass left for the West in 1822 to become a tanner of skins alongside Captain Andrew Henry. Attacked by a bear and seriously injured, he miraculously survived his injuries. But the terrain prevents it from being transported. Henry ends up hiring two mercenaries to watch him. But they abandon him helpless.