‘The Revenant’ Director on Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Bear Rape’ Scene: ‘Why Didn’t I Think of That?’

Alejandro G. Inarritu jokes to TheWrap that a bear sexual assault “would have been one of the most memorable scenes ever”

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When a ridiculous report surfaced on the Internet that Leonardo DiCaprio‘s character is raped by a bear in “The Revenant,” the film’s director immediately wondered if he hadn’t missed an opportunity.

“I have to say that my first thought was, ‘Oh my God, that is a great idea — why didn’t I shoot it like that?’” director Alejandro G. Inarritu told TheWrap with a laugh on Friday.

“That would have been one of the most memorable scenes ever. I thought it was brilliant. Why didn’t I think of it?”

In fact, Inarritu would never have shot that scene for “The Revenant.” The bear that attacks DiCaprio’s wilderness-guide character is clearly a female who mauls him because he’s surprised her with her cubs — and despite the overheated imagination of a Drudge report correspondent, there’s not a hint of any sexual thrusting as the bear bites and claws DiCaprio.

“It’s just the result of the crazy kind of social media world we are living in,” Inarritu said, more seriously. “You can’t fight it. I have to stop resisting that, because that’s a war that we lost already.”

He laughed. “But I thought it was hilarious.”