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|The real Hugh Glass (left)|
If you want to know the 'truth' behind the story, there's a comprehensive Slate article that's worth reading. In essence, not much is known about Hugh Glass other than accounts from a few travelers. Much myth has been spun with juicy details added to enhance the saga. The film strays from the facts most notably in the relationship between survivor and nemesis (Glass never had a son or faced-off with Fitzgerald after his ordeal).
To his credit, DiCaprio researched his part well-- including learning how to start a fire without a match, crawling in dead carcasses, practice shooting old rifles, and eating raw bison. Director Alejandro Inarritu insisted on filming in natural light and authentic conditions, requiring the cast and crew to endure extremely cold conditions (F2F feels that Inarritu displayed both ultra realism and dreamy flourishes resulting in an interesting balance reminiscent of epic Greek storytelling).
FYI: this isn't the first time a film tackled this mountain man's tale. Man in the Wilderness, starring Richard Harris as Zachary Bass (rhymes with Glass), mirrors the plot of The Revenant.
As pop culture, films like this can inspire thrill seekers to test their mettle in the wild. As a result, interest in extreme adventures has picked up around the globe. Also curious visitors can travel to Northeast South Dakota and visit the Hugh Glass Recreation Area, near the site of the famed bear attack.
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by Jon T. Coleman