Recently word spread, thanks to the Drudge Report, that the new Leonardo DiCaprio movie featured him being raped by a bear. It wasn’t true. But at least the director of the film in question — Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, whose latest is “The Revenant” — found that funny.
Inarritu won an Oscar earlier this year for “Birdman,” which he filmed shortly before the near-year-long shoot of “The Revenant.” The film finds DiCaprio as an 18th-century fur trapper who gets left for dead after a near-fatal bear attack, then struggles through the wilderness back to civilization.
There’s been a lot of gossip surrounding Leonardo DiCaprio and the bear. What’s your opinion of this false rumor?
[Laughs] All that gossip is hilarious and part of the culture we are living [in]. It makes me laugh, but it has a very pathetic side. It’s sad that the world feeds off all this nonsense when there is much more important news to be covered.
A number of cast members left the production citing that it was a “living hell.” You were described as a “madman.” Would you agree?
No, I’m not a madman.
How would you describe yourself?
I’m a little cuckoo but not mad. You have to be a little crazy to be a filmmaker — you need craziness.
The movie shows a conflict between the Pawnee Indians and fur trappers. Are you keen to reignite the debate about the U.S.'s treatment of Native Americans?
I think more than anything it’s about how the interaction between these blind and ignorant men, who are driven only by profit, kill every tree and animal to extract all the natural resources. Through their actions they give so much pain to the communities at that time, and it’s a reflection of what we are still doing.
I think it’s good to understand that that era is the original time in history when this system of profit was implanted: the idea that entitlement comes through profit, and when money is god, we are in a system that is killing everything.