Inside ‘The Revenant’, new movie about 1823 grizzly bear mauling of mountain man Hugh Glass
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as mountain man Hugh Glass.
New Hollywood movie has a Pinedale connection
by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
December 11, 2015
Editor’s note: Men’s Journal has published an article about the upcoming Hollywood movie "The Revenant" which will be released on January 8, 2016. The article mentions the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale and historical consultant Clay Landry.
The movie is a fictionalized account inspired by the true story of a grizzly bear attack on Hugh Glass in 1823 in territory that is today South Dakota. The story is about the bear attack, Hugh Glass’s incredible survival, and his search for revenge on his compatriots who left him for dead in the wilderness.
The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass and is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Academy Award winning director of Birdman in 2015. The movie has 2016 Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture, Best Actor (DiCaprio), and Best Director (Iñárritu). Production on the movie began in fall of 2014.
Filming took place in British Columbia and Alberta including Victoria, Fortress mountain, Calgary, Alberta, at Mammoth Studios in Burnaby, British Columbia, at Kootenai Falls in Libby, Montana, and in southern Argentina.
The Museum of the Mountain Man’s connection to the movie, besides the subject matter of Hugh Glass being a mountain man, is that Clay Landry, a historian who works with the Museum, was hired by the movie film crew as a consultant to help with the historical accuracy of the film. Landry is one of the leading material cultural experts of the Rocky Mountain fur trade. He has had five papers published in the Museum’s Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal. For the movie, Landry set up a sort of 1820s boot camp school for the actors in the mountains just west of Calgary, Alberta and taught them how to shoot flintlock rifles, throw tomahawks, skin beavers and look as accurate and natural as possible in the clothing and handling of the period weaponry.
Shooting for the movie took 12 months and was considerably challenged by cold temperatures and Iñárritu’s insistence that it be shot in all natural light, limiting their window of shooting time of good light to about 20 minutes a day.
Click on this link to read the article in Men’s Journal: Inside 'The Revenant': Leonardo DiCaprio on the Toughest Movie He's Ever Made By Mickey Rapkin, www.mensjournal.com, Jan 2016