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A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

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Every man there knew Hugh Glass was a gone ‘coon.’ They had only to look at what little the she-grizzly’s 3-inch claws had left of the old trapper. At least what they could make out through the blood, which was everywhere. To look at his shredded scalp…face…chest…arm…hand. To see how she’d chewed into his shoulder and back. They had only to listen to the blood bubble from the rip in his throat with his every breath. What astonished them was that he breathed at all. Again. And yet again.

Tough as they’d found the old coon (a term mountain men used to describe themselves) to be that summer of 1823 as they challenged the Upper Missouri tribes to reach the beaver streams, Major Andrew Henry and his nine trappers would have been incredulous if they’d known how indestructible Glass and his story have proved to be. That he would become the subject of controversy would not have surprised them. That some men would call him a liar and accuse him of slandering a gallant comrade might have puzzled them. The notion that Hugh Glass was about to crawl into American legend, to become an epic hero of story and poem, would have made them laugh.

He was going to die. Any minute now. Any fool could see that.

Hostile natives had already finished off 17 of their brigade. Arikara (also known as Ree) Indians had killed 15 in a June 2 attack that forced them off their Missouri River keelboats and–that route to the mountains closed–set them trudging west up the Grand River valley. August was two-thirds gone, yet several of them still nursed scars from that battle, including Old Glass, who’d taken a ball in his thigh. That hadn’t stopped him, but the grizzly had finally done him in.

He was old compared to most of his fellow mountain men. Nearing or in his early 40s, Glass was old enough to be the father of young men like Jim Bridger , who was beginning his second year as a trapper. But they called him ‘old’ with a measure of affection and respect. He was a loner, who often insisted on going his own way. His willful foray up the draw for ripe plums, which had ended in ‘Old Ephraim’s’ embrace, was typical. But his skill and courage had served them all well. Tall and powerfully built, he wasn’t a man to run from a fight.

One or two of the somber group that ringed his dying ground thought Glass deserved to lose this battle. He’d exposed them all to greater risk. The U.S. Army had made a sham of punishing the Arikara village for the devastating June attack. If a couple of frustrated trappers hadn’t torched the Arikara village on their own, the Rees could have laughed in their faces. They were uncowed and on the prod. Henry had ordered his small crew to stick close together as they hurried cross-country toward his fur post on the Yellowstone River. He allowed only two designated hunters and wanted no unnecessary gunfire.

Yet even with those precautions, they’d lost two more men in a recent night attack. Two others suffered wounds. When the attacking warriors proved to be usually friendly Mandans, the trappers knew the Ree contempt was spreading–Assiniboines, Sioux and Hidatsas could well emulate the Blackfeet, who already considered any white man fair game. To draw attention could be to die. The gunshots needed to finish the grizzly and her two yearlings echoed through the gully. So, too, did the screams of Glass. They had to get their 18th fatality underground and move. Now!

But this corpse was still breathing.

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Others, watching, remembered Glass’ quick and effective response to the Arikara guns. Afterward, he’d nursed the wounded, especially young John Gardner. Knowing he was dying, Gardner had entrusted Glass with his last message to his family back in Virginia. Somewhere in his shadowy past, Glass had gained enough education to express himself clearly and gracefully in writing. He had proved more than equal to this sensitive task.

‘My painful duty it is to tell you of the deth of y[ou]r son…,’ Glass wrote the young man’s father. ‘He lived a short while after he was shot and asked me to inform you of his sad fate. We brought him to the ship where he soon died. Mr. Smith a young man of our company made a powerful prayer wh[ich] moved us all greatly and I am persuaded John died in peace….’

But the scribe himself would not oblige and follow. They tore strips from shirts and bound up his wounds as best they could, sure he’d be dead by morning. When the sun woke them, though, he still breathed.

The saga of Hugh Glass must be pieced together from accounts written by several of his contemporaries, each with varying details. Respected mountain man George C. Yount recorded in his memoirs that he talked with Glass directly, as well as with a trapper named Allen (Hiram Allen was one of Major Henry’s 1823 brigade) and a later Glass cohort of record named Dutton.

Allen recalled that Major Henry ordered branches cut for a litter and that they carried the groaning, blood-wrapped man two days or more. Whatever distance, it was too little, too painful and it took too long. Near the forks of the Grand River (in present-day South Dakota), the trappers reached a grove of trees that sheltered a spring-fed stream, and Henry faced facts. He could lose all his men trying to prolong the life of one already as good as dead.

They’d leave Glass here to recover, if he could, or die in peace. But the major needed two volunteers to stay until the expected happened and give Hugh a decent burial. It couldn’t be long. Then they could catch up. The company would pay each a bonus worth several month’s wages. He waited. Neither trapper Allen nor the experienced Moses Harris found the bonus worth risking his scalp for. There was dead silence.

Finally a man spoke up and then another–John S. Fitzgerald and 19-year-old Jim Bridger. Although he was the youngest of them all, Bridger had to support both himself and his younger sister with his wages. Whether inspired by practicality, compassion, or youthful optimism born of inexperience, Bridger accepted the charge. Before either could change his mind, Henry and the other seven hurried away.

Fitzgerald and Bridger were alone, except for the blood-caked, wheezing apparition at their feet. They could do nothing for him except administer a few drops of water and wave off the flies. Dusk came, then dark, then dawn. Every hour increased their risk. They could do nothing for themselves except watch anxiously for Indian sign and dig the grave so all was ready. Another day, another night. Their odds of catching up with the others shrank.

Through yet another sunrise Hugh Glass’ wispy breaths bound them to their dangerous camp as efficiently as a spider’s silk bound captured flies. And as fatally. Fitzgerald began to argue for moving on. The man was in his death sweats, but it was taking him forever. They’d stayed far longer than Henry expected, risked far more. It was time to save themselves. No one would blame them.

Eventually the younger man agreed. Quickly they collected their gear. But as Fitzgerald packed up, he proved he was intent on saving something more than his life. He also wanted both the bonus and his reputation. That required they tell Henry that Old Glass was dead and buried. And in the grave, Glass had no use for a rifle. Or powder and shot. Or his knife. Or his possibles sack with flint and steel. If they didn’t take all his fixins, someone was sure to ask why. In the mountains, you didn’t waste valuable gear on a corpse.

If Bridger was repelled by applying such logic to a corpse that not only was warm but also still drew breath and moaned now and again, he failed to raise convincing arguments against it. They moved the invalid to within reach of water and, certain his days of needing anything more were done, walked away, carrying every tool Hugh Glass possessed.

What they could not take away from him was more vital–his grit, his fury at their treachery, his will to survive and get revenge. The mind inside the battered head was on fire with fever, and he sank in and out of consciousness. He was close to death, but he’d been there before, and fortune had never left him completely on his own hook. He’d lived through scrapes those cowards had never dreamed of.

His trail should have ended half a dozen years earlier in that Pawnee village. He could remember the heat from his partner’s body after their Skidi Pawnee captors hung him up, shot hundreds of pine slivers into his skin and turned him into a human torch. Glass was to be the next sacrifice to the morning star. But when his turn came, something inspired him to fish a packet of vermilion from his pocket and calmly present it to the chief. The unexpected gift of the rare and valued red powder transformed this white man from a sacrifice into a favored son. He’d learned a lot in his years with the Pawnees.

Now, Glass faced an even greater survival test. In lucid moments, he reached for water, and as he became more aware he stripped buffalo berries from an overhanging bush. Crushing them in a palm full of water, he managed to get some down his damaged throat. For several days he could do no more. Then fortune found him, and he woke to see a torpid rattlesnake nearby. Glass stretched for a sharp-edged rock and killed the snake. Using the rock, or perhaps his razor (accounts vary), he shakily skinned the rattler and chopped the raw meat fine enough to get it down.

Gaining strength from the meat, he decided it was time. He rolled to his knees, but quickly discovered he could not stand. To follow his betrayers west over rough, rising country was not possible. But he had one good arm, one good leg. The nearest help would be back on the Missouri at the French fur post of Fort Kiowa. He began to crawl downstream. He put a yard, than another, behind him. When one of his feeble, quivering limbs collapsed, he rested until it could hold his weight again. Then crawled on.

His nose was close to the clay, but that’s where his food was also. Pawneelike, he dug for breadroot and robbed nests of eggs. When he came across a buffalo carcass, he hunted bones green enough, cracked them open and scraped and sucked the nourishing marrow. The yards stretched to rods, then a mile, then two a day. Focusing on what was possible, he refused to believe his goal was impossible–even though the fur post lay 250 miles away.

When a wolf pack downed a buffalo calf near where he crouched, he hungrily watched them devour about half the animal. He then bluffed the wolves away from the remains and gratefully gulped down whatever bits of liver, guts and heart they’d missed. The flesh was rich with blood; he needed all he could get. For the next few days he ate, rested, grew stronger. His torn back, which he could not reach to clean, festered and became infested with maggots. His other wounds were gradually draining, scabbing over, beginning to heal. When he headed on, it was on two feet–again a man.

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Before he reached the Missouri, nights were sharp with October’s frost. Somewhere along the river, perhaps on a sidetrip north to scavenge for corn in fields the Arikaras had abandoned, he met up with a party of Sioux on the move. In a good-natured mood, the Sioux took the tenacious cripple in, cleaned his back wound and helped him downriver to Fort Kiowa.

Glass took only a day or two to tell his story of betrayal and recruit his strength. The French company was sending a pirogue up the Missouri as far as the Mandan villages, hoping to reopen the long-established trade. Glass signed for a new outfit, gratefully hefting the new rifle that would give him vengeance, and hitched a ride. They’d put him that much nearer Fort Henry at the mouth of the Yellowstone.

Glass eagerly anticipated a confrontation upriver with his betrayers, but the French trappers were on edge. The Mandans had let Rees resettle in their unused adjacent village. Whose side were the Mandans on now? Did they offer trade or a trap? On October 15, 1823, the French leader wrote his last will and testament.

Of the seven men in that boat, only Hugh Glass and interpreter Toussaint Charbonneau reached the villages alive. Charbonneau, possibly anticipating trouble, had gone on ahead, and fortune had again nudged Hugh. He was ashore hunting at the critical moment Arikaras attacked the pirogue. Even then it was a close thing, for he did stumble into a group of Rees. He was losing his hobbling race for cover when one or two Mandan warriors chose to cheat the Rees of their prey and whisked Glass up on horseback and away to safety.

It was November 20 and safety was relative. Glass was still determined to reach Henry’s post. The Columbia Fur Company manned tiny Fort Tilton between the again-friendly Mandans and the unpredictable Rees, but the Rees kept them well corralled. The traders were amazed at Glass’ story, but if he insisted on going farther, the only help they could offer was to ferry him to the east side of the river where he was less apt to run into Rees. The 250-mile trek to the Yellowstone’s mouth, where Fort Henry sheltered his quarry, he had to make on his own.

He was used to that. But arcing northwest, he faced into numbing arctic winds and needed every skill to find food enough to keep his body going. He trudged riverbottom when he could, ranged the gale-swept buttes when he had to. The days had totaled nearly a month when he looked across the confluence and saw the walls of Fort Henry. He rafted over on two logs tied together with bark, but as he approached he must have realized the chimneys were smokeless, the corral empty, the stockade cold and deserted. Whatever despair he felt, it was not long before he moved on to more useful action. Finding sign that Major Henry and his men had headed south up the Yellowstone, he doggedly followed.

The year 1823 was giving way to 1824 when Glass staggered up to the pickets of the new stockade the major had built at the mouth of the Bighorn River. No cannon boomed a welcome. No one threw open the gate. The men inside, warm and woozy from passing the New Year’s keg, focused in disbelief on the emaciated ruin. What could be only a gaunt, frozen corpse walked into their midst carrying a rifle. Terror gripped their hearts. But only for a moment. This corpse talked. Identified himself. Incredible as it was, he was Old Hugh Glass. Tension melted into relief, celebration, a barrage of questions.

Except for one man. Young Jim Bridger still stood frozen in shock and fear. Then, as the questions were answered, he became shamefaced. By the time Glass’ recital peaked at the betrayal that had goaded him more than 1,000 miles–the vengeance he had struggled so far to enjoy–the young trapper was such a piteous sight that Glass could not bring himself to cock his rifle. Whatever words Glass actually used, his meaning was clear. Bridger knew he’d done wrong. His punishment would come from his own conscience. He was forgiven. John Fitzgerald–older, more treacherous — was another issue altogether. Glass still had some vengeance on his mind. Fitzgerald was the one who had convinced young Bridger to leave him–bear-battered but still breathing–at the Grand River. Where was that gutless varmint?

It was Glass’ turn to be rocked. Fitzgerald was gone. He’d quit the mountains and left in mid-November with Moses Harris and a third trapper. They’d been rowing down the Missouri as Glass was coming up. Somewhere along the way, the betrayer, who still held Glass’ treasured rifle, had crossed his path unseen. Fitzgerald was probably at Fort Atkinson by now.

On February 28, 1824, Glass started on his trail again, an eager volunteer to carry an express back to the States. He and a trapper named Dutton traveled with E. More, A. Chapman, and a man named Marsh south to the Platte River, where they built one or two bullboats. They pushed off, intending to boat down the Platte to the Missouri and Fort Atkinson. Seeing a large Pawnee encampment at the mouth of the Laramie River, they stopped to barter for food. Dutton waited in a boat with the guns while Glass and the others went to parley with Glass’ old friends. But they had hardly sat down when Glass caught a word or two spoken with a strange inflection. These were not Pawnees, but their cousins–whose village lay in ashes back on the Missouri.

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‘These are Rickarees!’ Glass shouted. The men dived for the door and scattered, running, then swimming for their lives. On the far bank, Glass scrambled behind some rocks, from where he saw Moore and Chapman cut down. He lost track of the others. He hunkered down and waited for dark, then slipped away. Again alone he turned toward the Missouri, 400 miles east.

Sometime in May, Dutton and Marsh reached Fort Atkinson, where they reported sadly that their party of five had been attacked on the Platte by Arikaras, who’d killed Moore, Chapman and Glass.

They had underestimated Old Glass again. ‘Although I had lost my rifle and all my plunder, I felt quite rich when I found my knife, flint and steel in my shot pouch,’ he said later. ‘These little fixins make a man feel right peart when he is three or four hundred miles from anybody or any place.’ Unarmed, he decided to leave the Platte and veer north to Fort Kiowa, where he arrived early in June. A few days later he was at Fort Atkinson, telling his story and demanding Fitzgerald’s head and the rifle Fitzgerald had stolen from him.

Fitzgerald was indeed there, but he had enlisted in April, and the Army declined to let a civilian execute a soldier. Glass had to be satisfied with the knowledge he’d shamed his betrayer, a purse collected by sympathetic troopers, and the solid weight of his rifle again in his hand.

Before long, Glass joined a trading party heading for Santa Fe, and for nine more years he continued as a free trapper, always independent, living life on his own terms. Early in 1833, the Arikaras finally succeeded in ending that life when they caught him and two other trappers walking down the iced-over Yellowstone. When it was over, the Rees rode away, triumphantly bearing his long-cherished rifle. Had good fortune finally turned her head? Or, with age slowing his reactions and the end of the trapping era approaching, had she done him one last favor?

This article was written by Nancy M. Peterson and originally appeared in the June 2000 issue of Wild West .

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The Real Grizzly Man: The Amazing True Story Behind Leonardo DiCaprio's Character in 'The Revenant'

Hugh Glass, the real-life mountain man Leonardo DiCaprio plays in The Revenant , fought off a bear and survived against the odds

The legend of Hugh Glass, the 19th-century mountain man who inspired Leonardo DiCaprio ‘s character in the Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice, Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA-winning The Revenant, began with one short sentence that would captivate America’s imagination for centuries to come.

Daniel Potts, who worked with Glass at the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, wrote a letter to his friends in 1824 about an unnamed man who, after narrowly surviving a skirmish with a Native American war party, “was allso tore nearly all to peases by a White Bear and was left by the way without any gun who afterwards recover’d.”

While Potts never mentions Glass by name in the letter, that sentence formed the backbone for what became one of the most popular and enduring tales of the time. But separating the facts from the myths about Glass’s ordeal – assuming it ever happened in the first place – has been a matter of debate among scholars.

“We know Hugh Glass existed and we’re pretty sure he got mauled by a grizzly bear,” University of Notre Dame history professor Jon Coleman tells PEOPLE. But beyond that brief description in Potts’ letter, Coleman says, “we don’t know anything verifiable.”

The mystery surrounding Glass, from his life to how he survived the attack, “might be why it’s become such a fabulous story,” Coleman explains. “There was plenty of room for invention from the very start.” Any additional details from the story beyond Potts’ letter come from second- and third-hand sources of varying reliability.

Warning: The following contains spoilers about the plot of The Revenant .

What is certain is that in 1823, a group of traders from the Rocky Mountain Fur Company were attacked by the Arikara Native Americans near the Missouri River in present-day South Dakota. The battle, reenacted in the beginning of The Revenant , killed roughly 15 fur traders and sent the rest into retreat.

After the battle, Glass, then 43, was supposedly sent ahead of the survivors to hunt for food and soon found himself face to face with a grizzly bear. “He managed to kill the grizzly but as far as his friends were concerned it killed him right back,” Bruce Bradley, author of Hugh Glass , tells PEOPLE. “The bear had ripped his scalp half off, tore his throat open, ripped his back to shreds with its claws, broke his right leg, bit off a chunk of his right buttock and chewed up his left arm.”

Convinced Glass would die from his injuries, and worried the Arikara were in pursuit, the men asked for two volunteers to stay behind and prepare a burial. The two volunteers are popularly believed to have been John Fitzgerald, played by Tom Hardy in the film, and an 18-year-old blacksmith named Jim Bridger, who would go on to become one of the most famous mountain men of the time. <img class="size-article-wide wp-image-2388298" src=" http://peoplev6.alley.ws/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/revenant.jpg&quot ; alt=" THE REVENANT ” width=”2000″ height=”1333″> Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the real-life 19th century mountain man Hugh Glass, who was mauled by a bear and left for dead while fur trapping in South Dakota. After recovering from his injuries, Glass walked 300 miles back to civilization to seek his revenge. The two are said to have stayed with Glass for five days before Fitzgerald convinced a reluctant Bridger to leave him behind, fearing they’d be killed too if found by the natives. When Glass finally woke up, he was alone, badly wounded and lost in the cold wilderness.

Fitzgerald and Bridger left Glass with nothing to defend himself. “In those days no one would leave tools lying around for Native Americans to use so they had to take his rifle, his knife, his tomahawk, anything he would’ve needed to survive,” Bradley explains.

The author reckons Glass began his roughly 300-mile trek from around what is now Wellen, South Dakota to the nearest fort, Fort Kiowa, not far from modern day Chamberlain, South Dakota. He set out on or about Aug. 23, 1823 and completed the journey around Oct. 11.

Along the way, Glass most likely relied on the contents of an emergency supply pouch, called a possibles pouch, and subsisted on everything from berries to rattle snake meat to buffalo marrow. Bradley believes Glass picked up survival skills from living with the Pawnee tribe, but Coleman contends he could find no evidence of Glass living with the Native Americans.

After arriving in Fort Kiowa, Glass rested for several days before making his way to Fort Henry, where he finally encountered Bridger. “When he got there, Jim Bridger was so eaten up with guilt that he thought Glass was a ghost, that’s where ‘the revenant’ [a term for someone who returns from the dead] comes from,” Bradley explains.

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But after “beating him up a little bit,” Bradley says, Glass decided to forgive Bridger on account of his youth, and instead turned his sights on Fitzgerald. By that point, however, Fitzgerald had returned to civilization, and upon learning that Glass was alive and coming after him, he joined the Army.

When Glass finally caught up with Fitzgerald, “the Army wasn’t about to let him get away with killing government property,” Bradley says. “They did make Fitzgerald give him his rifle back, which was a big deal in those days.”

What happened to Glass next, like most of his life story, is largely unknown. He was eventually killed, supposedly by the Arikaras, near the Missouri River in 1833.

As for the historical accuracy of Alejandro Gonzélez Iñérritu’s upcoming film, Coleman and Bradley are already skeptical about one plot point revealed in the trailers. “We see this whole back history where Glass was living with the Pawnees,” Coleman says. “He has a Pawnee wife and they have a child who gets killed by Fitzgerald and that’s the primary reason why he wants his revenge – that’s all an invention of the filmmakers.”

“I think that would’ve made its way into history had it actually happened,” Bradley agrees. “It changes the whole story quite a bit I think, because in reality he ended up letting Fitzgerald go, which I’m not sure he would’ve done if the man had murdered his child.”

Still, based on what they’ve seen, both historians believe I rritu has captured the atmosphere of the time. “I think they did a good job of recreating what it is was like to be a fur trapper working in the 1820s,” Coleman says. “The main thing they get right is just how brutal it was.”

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  • The Man Who Plays the Bear that Attacks Leonardo DiCaprio in <i>The Revenant</i> Is Speaking Out

The Man Who Plays the Bear that Attacks Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant Is Speaking Out

The Revenant has been making waves in the movie world since its Christmas day release, particularly for the hyper-realistic scene in which Leonardo DiCaprio’s character is savagely attacked by a bear. However, as authentic as the grizzly appears, the now-infamous beast is actually a result of CGI. “There was no bear ever on set,” stuntman Glenn Ennis told Global News . “The closest a bear ever got to set (that we knew of) was at the Calgary Zoo.”

Ennis was one of two stuntmen who stood in for the computer-generated bear while filming was taking place, and was charged with portraying as convincing a grizzly as possible. “In rehearsals, I would wear a blue suit with a bear head,” he said. “Obviously that doesn’t make it into the film, and the CGI guys paint the bear in. Alejandro [G. Iñárritu] was adamant that the blue bear moved just like a real bear would move, and it was essential that it had the same nuances that a bear would have. Even though it was a big Smurf bear, it still had to be as authentic as possible.”

Stuntman Glenn Ennis was wearing the blue bear suit used in The Revenant when Leo is brutally attacked by the beast pic.twitter.com/AYTaNhRfIe — Beach bum. (@sidoniesawyer) January 22, 2016

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The 51-year-old Vancouverite explained that the role often required him to spend quite a bit of time up close and personal with the film’s star : “If you notice the bear head in the picture, they wanted the bear mouth to be right on his lower back. I was supposed to grab his jacket with my hand to make it look like the bear’s jaws were pulling it. In order to have the bear’s jaw in the small of his back, basically my face was in his butt. My face was in Leo’s butt for a fair bit of time. I can see how that’s someone’s fantasy, but it wasn’t mine!”

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By Tracy Anderson

While Leonardo DiCaprio is getting high marks for his portrayal of legendary mountain man Hugh Glass in the Hollywood blockbuster The Revenant , it’s the grizzly bear attack scene that has especially been captivating viewers.

The drag out, knock ’em dead fight between a man and a grizzly bear represents such a central piece of the story that the producers wanted to get it absolutely right, so they spent time learning how bear attacks mostly happen.

While researching the story, a team led by writer and diretor Alejandro G. Inarritu met for dinner one night with Scott McMillion , author of Mark of the Grizzly . In the book, now in its second edition, McMillion chronicles more than a dozen bear attack stories. 

“They wanted to know how bear attacks happen,” McMillion told LiveOutdoors from his home in Livingston, Montana just north of Yellowstone National Park, a place known for writers and artists. “They had this miss impression that bears come in like they do in those old movies, on their hind legs hollering and yelling, but that’s not how it happens. They come in low and fast, more like a rocket than Paul Bunyan.”

McMillion had grown up watching old movies, often with comical depictions of bear attacks, so he was happy to share his knowledge in the hopes of making a realistic portrayal. What emerged in the movie, he said, is largely accurate. The bear attacks as a defensive move when Glass finds himself between her and her cubs, which is the way most bear attacks occur in real life.

“A lot of people think grizzly bears are man-eaters and they are out there trying to kill you, but that happens on very rare occasions,” McMillion said. “Nearly everybody survives a grizzly bear attack. If they wanted to kill us, they would do it in very short order.”

Stories where grizzly bears actually eat somebody are extremely rare, McMillion said. There was a case in August 2015 of a man in Yellowstone , but he likely startled a mother and her cubs, which incited the attack.

The bear was just doing what the bear does. He was pointing a rifle at the cubs. It’s hard to say the bear knew what a rifle was, but there was something in between her and her cubs so she kicked his ass.

Filmmakers also reportedly studied video of a German tourist who was attacked by a bear at a zoo for inspiration. The final product, thanks to computer graphics and detailed choreography, depicts some fearsome violence up until the point of domination. Glass is left ripped, bitten, broken and battered, but not dead.

“That’s why they say to play dead and don’t fight,” McMillion said. “Submit. Let the bear know it’s boss and they will usually stop chewing and clawing you once they establish dominance and know that you are not a threat to their food or their cubs. The injuries can be gruesome, but most people are able to walk away from a grizzly bear attack.”

The injuries Glass sustained meant a survival story ahead that would include some disgusting things like spending the night in the bowls of an animal and cauterizing a neck wound. If you like survival stories, this is an ultimate story of strength and determination.

The story of Glass and the 1823 team of explorers was originally told in the 1954 novel “Lord Grizzly” by Fred Manfred and later “The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge” by Michael Punke. 

Glass was a notorious figure both for his ability to straddle two worlds. He learned to speak the Pawnee language and even fathered a Pawnee boy. After more than 30 men were killed in an Indian ambush near present-day Lemmon, South Dakota, Glass and the others set out for a nearby fort. But while hunting alone, he is suddenly attacked by a grizzly.

The scenes throughout the movie are exquisite, shot in parts of Alberta, Canada and Argentina, all in natural light in sometimes below zero conditions. 

We asked McMillion what he thought of the movie, Hollywood depictions in general and how you can best survive a bear attack if you are ever so unfortunate.

LO: Do you think Hollywood normally gets these types of scenes wrong?

McMillion:  Some of the movies I saw as a kid were incorrect. There was one I remember  The  Night of the Grizzly  that was a comically bad movie. I’ve seen The Revenant and I think it was pretty accurate on how those things happen. It was a very brutal attack and he tried to fight back, which you shouldn’t do. But that’s easy to say and hard to do when a bear is chewing on your head. If it’s a black bear you should fight back because it’s probably a predator attack or if a grizzly bear attacks you in a tent or your cabin, but that’s very rare. The bear in this movie was protecting her cubs, so she saw him as a threat to her cubs. She wasn’t trying to eat him, she was trying to subdue him and show him who’s boss. Which happens quite often.

LO: What are you supposed to do if you run across an aggressive bear?

McMillion: If you see a bear nearby you should nto make eye contact, back away from it, talk to the bear and say things like “hey bear, I’m leaving.” The bear can’t understand you of course, but your intentions might translate in subtle ways to your body language, which bears use to communicate with each other. Back away, don’t run, you can trigger a chase response if you run from a bear. That happened to a man in Yellowstone park three years ago.

LO: We heard a story last year  about people triggering a gag reflex in a bear by sticking their arm down its throat. Is that something you’ve heard of before?

McMillion: Yea I heard that too. I’d like to talk to that guy to find out what exactly happened. I wouldn’t recommend it with a grizzly bear. It might work with a black bear. I wouldn’t recommend it. If a black bear is attacking you it’s likely a predatory attack and you should do whatever works. With a grizzly bear it’s almost always a surprise encounter, like in this movie. He was hunting for food and ran across two bear cubs in the woods and got between them and their mother and that’s when she attacked him.

LO: That’s the way the vast majority of bear attacks occur right?

McMillion: Yea, because you surprise bears. That’s why they recommend making noise when you’re travelling in the woods because if the bear hears you, he’ll usually move away. They don’t like surprises. They have a fight or flight response. Once you reach the end of that envelope that triggers that response, the bear will decide what to do. You should carry bear spray and travel with at least one other companion. In places like Glacier National Park and Yellowstone bears often hear or see somebody coming and they will honker down and let you pass.

LO: What was it that got you into this field? Have you ever been attacked personally?

McMillion: I’ve never been attacked but I’ve been bluff charged. Bears are part of the landscape here in Montana. You have to be bear away, be careful with your food storage and don’t go poking them with a stick. Give them a wide birth.

LO: How did you come to meet with the filmmakers of The Revenant?

McMillion: The author of the book is also a friend of mine. I heard they were making a movie based on his book. Another friend said these guys are in town and they want to talk about bears. I didn’t really know who these guys were. They asked good questions and seemed interested. The bear was just doing what the bear does. He was pointing a rifle at the cubs. It’s hard to say the bear knew what a rifle was, but there was something in between her and her cubs so she kicked his ass.

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Man behind Leonardo DiCaprio's Revenant bear attack revealed

‘I rolled around with Leo, but it was all consensual’: stuntman watched videos of bear attacks to ensure authenticity for Oscar-nominated thriller

The infamous bear attack scene in the Oscar-nominated adventure The Revenant involved Leonardo DiCaprio, his stunt double, some special effects and a stuntman in a blue suit.

Glenn Ennis is the man in question, who donned a special outfit to help create the brutal sequence that has DiCaprio’s frontiersman mauled, and nearly killed, by a bear. Ennis is a 51-year-old stuntman who has previously worked on films such as Freddy vs Jason and Watchmen.

“In rehearsals, I would wear a blue suit with a bear head,” he said in an interview with Global News . “Obviously that doesn’t make it into the film, and the CGI guys paint the bear in. Alejandro [Iñárritu] was adamant that the blue bear moved just like a real bear would move, and it was essential that it had the same nuances that a bear would have. Even though it was a big Smurf bear, it still had to be as authentic as possible.”

The bear attack scene from The Revenant.

In preparation, Ennis watched videos of bears attacking to study their traits and the ways in which they move. He compared it to “a cat playing with a mouse”.

The scene, which has become the most talked about in the acclaimed film, was the subject of controversy pre-release with an inaccurate report suggesting DiCaprio’s character was raped by the bear.

“It was people with no life, I guess, who started that,” Ennis said. “I spent a lot of time rolling around with Leo, but it was all consensual.”

In the film, after DiCaprio is initially attacked by the bear, he plays dead to avoid further injury. Survival expert Ray Mears claims that this would probably be an effective way of dealing with the situation.

The Revenant led the pack during last week’s Oscar nominations , scoring 12 nods including best picture and best actor.

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How that infamous bear attack scene in 'The Revenant' was made, and other secrets of the movie revealed

There was no real bear used in the filming of the grizzly bear attack scene..

There was no real bear used in the filming of the grizzly bear attack scene.

One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is the incredible bear attack on Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Hugh Glass. The scene is intense, violent, and, according to Fisk, completely done though stunt men and CGI. And, no, of course there is no rape .

So there wasn’t even a trained bear for some of it?

“None. We had no real bears on set,” Fisk said. “We looked at bears, but they were all so fat. These trained bears in captivity that you see on TV shows, they don’t look like a wild grizzly bear from the 1800s.”

According to Fisk, the scene was rehearsed with the stunt department for months before they even got on set in Squamish, British Columbia. Then on the day, he dressed the area where the attack took place with 25-foot rubber trees so when DiCaprio smashed into them, he wouldn’t get injured. The actor was then strapped to harnesses attached to cables the stunt team used to yank him around. The grizzly was then added digitally in post production.

Fake horses were created for the scene in which DiCaprio cuts one open to stay warm.

Fake horses were created for the scene in which DiCaprio cuts one open to stay warm.

The bear scene was certainly not the only jaw-dropping sequence in “The Revenant.” Later in the movie, as Glass sets out to enact his revenge on the people who left him after the grizzly attack, he must run from a group of angry Native Americans. To escape them, he and his horse jump a cliff and land on a giant pine tree. As it begins to snow, Glass cuts open the horse, takes out its guts, and crawls inside until the storm passes.

“The horse was built and the guts inside were created out of latex and hair,” Fisk said. The props department built one horse for DiCaprio to crawl inside and another horse for the chase scene in which they go off the cliff.

“We brought in 15 big pine trees, some of them 50 feet tall. And we snowed in the area,” Fisk said. “Like the bear scene, the snow around the horse was always being trampled on so between takes we were constantly using the snow machine.”

The location where DiCaprio finds the bison heard was discovered completely by accident.

The location where DiCaprio finds the bison heard was discovered completely by accident.

Fisk says the biggest challenge he had on the film was finding the remote locations for shooting. That's largely because, as the movie was shot with only natural light, Fisk had to find locations with a south or southwest vista.

In one striking scene, Glass comes across a heard of bison, leading to a scene with a Native American offering Glass the liver of one of the bison he’s eating. Fisk said that location was found completely by accident.

“We were checking out a river one day, stopped the boats at a point, and walking up this hill we found this large vista,” Fisk said. “The sun was setting, it was the perfect time of day to see it. Everyone thought, ‘My God, this is what we’ve been looking for.’”

Fisk and his team lined the top of the hill with bushes. Computer graphics were used to create the heard of buffalo. Fisk said only one prop bison was created for the liver scene.

“The AD said, ‘Where’s the second one?’ and I told him a man can eat maybe 10 pounds of meat. Between the two of them they wouldn’t even put a dent in it.”

Fisk recalls seeing DiCaprio eat the real bison liver : “I thought Leo was vegetarian, but he went for it.”

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‘The Revenant’ Is A Visceral Gut Punch About An Unkillable Bear Man

Vince Mancini

The Revenant is sort of like the Gravity of frontier Westerns, visceral and thrilling in a way that supersedes narrative. It exists at this strange intersection of low pulp and high arthouse, like an acclaimed chef’s $100 riff on the sloppy Joe. I took no notes afterwards like I normally do, and if I had, I imagine they’d look like an old Batman fight scene. BANG! THUMP! ZIP! SQUISH! (That last one is the sound of a human being disemboweled, by the way.) It’s compelling in a sub-verbal way, more about ducking and shouting than wondering “what happens next” in the traditional sense. There aren’t even any smooth-talking Clooneys to distract you from the inherent malevolence of untamed nature and the moral relativism of the frontier. Imagine True Grit if every character was the Bear Man.

The Revenant opens in a freezing-looking, waterlogged forest, full of stinky, hirsute psychos who have apparently traded any idea of comfort for the opportunity to make big bucks trading beaver skins. Iñarritu’s obsessions with natural light and location shooting mean you can practically smell the swamp foot. So the boys of beaver division are milling about, spit-grilling game meat and talking about pelts and chicks, when the arrows start to fly. (Would you believe one of them hits a guy right in the neck?) The scene is filmed in the same tracking shot/swish-pan style Iñarritu used in Birdman , ping ponging from character to character as the fellas try to gather their booty and get the hell out of dodge before this horde of whooping savages can make necklaces out of their severed dicks. (Am I being gory? Gratuitous? Perhaps. But this a gory, gratuitous movie).

The opener is the rest of the film in miniature. In my conscious mind, I knew arrows don’t really fly like that. They don’t whizz by invisibly like bullets or snap necks from hundreds of yards away like sniper fire. But I was so engrossed in the sweat, grime, gore, and imminent fear of the escape attempt that I didn’t much care, not really . Everything is comically dirty. Or was it actually like that? The Revenant is a kind of paradox, where it seems needlessly cruel, but a useful tool to drive home the point that the wild West (the wild N orth west, in this case) was needlessly cruel. It’s like a two-hour adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s dead baby tree. A bit much? Probably. Reveling in its own gore? Definitely. Nihilistic, gleefully bleak, and gritty almost to the point of parody? Sure, but not without a purpose. It’s useful to be reminded that the “wild” in “wild West” didn’t just mean “free.”

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, and you’ll never believe this but he’s the strong, silent type. Haunted by some past trauma too horrible to bring up with his therapist and without any lady tying him down (gee, you think she might be dead?) he’s joined on this big beaver hunt by his adopted Pawnee son. The two of them try to help the wet-behind-the-ears good-guy captain (Domnhall Gleeson) navigate his way through the wilderness, beset by various, independent hordes of English, natives, and French, who periodically team up, split apart, and try to genocide each other (along with assorted kidnapping and rape). Fun!

His antagonist in this effort is John “Fitz” Fitzgerald, played by Tom Hardy, who, true to form, is at least 50 percent unintelligible. Can we get this guy to play a Tory MP or a boxing ring announcer just as an experiment to see if he ever enunciates? Luckily, Hardy’s other acting tic is being endlessly watchable, even if his character in this isn’t particularly nuanced. Fitz begins the film as a loudmouth who hates Glass and doesn’t deviate much. (Would you believe he also hates injuns, and carries physical and psychological wounds from fighting them?) But the Fitz-and-Glass story is mostly just a framing device for the tale of the terrible frontier. As evidenced by the fact that Fitz’s most human moment comes when he’s describing what it was like to get scalped, and the feeling of steel scraping against his skull.

As in Gravity , there’s ample opportunity to pick The Revenant apart if you really wanted to, but… why? Sure, Fitz is kind of a cartoonish villain, but it’s easy to swallow my disbelief when I’m listening to such a charismatic rendering of what it’s like to get a hunk of scalp ripped off. Likewise, Glass is this unkillable frontier superman, who dies in more ways than Bill Murray in Groundhog Day , and yet comes back every time, in ways that take it far beyond believability. But it’s all rendered so viscerally that you’re willing to go with it, even if I could’ve done with a few less up-the-nostril shots of Leo grimacing in anguish. Much has been made of how hard he seems to be trying to win that Oscar, and while I don’t deny his talent, I’m not sure pained drooling and blowing snot rockets at the camera is the highest display of it. I mean, it works, I just don’t think it’s that hard , relatively speaking.

All the grunting and dragging and drooling and snot gets a little old at times, but like Gravity did for space, The Revenant ‘s visceral immediacy really drives home the inherent, pants-sh*tting terror of the frontier. Which is valuable, even when/if it’s embellished. One of its title cards quotes H.L. Mencken: “We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine,” a sentiment that seems to sum up Fitz’s worldview and The Revenant as a whole. And it has an ending that’s equally satisfying. Not too tidy, but not leaving you feeling like you waded through a waist-deep river of drool for nothing either. I hope that when death comes it feels like that.

The bottom line with The Revenant is that it feels more like an experience than a movie. And that kind of cinema, the kind that really boots you out of your daily existence and into another time and place, is always welcome. Even when it’s kind of gross.

Grade: Three out of four buffalo skull pyramids.

Vince Mancini is a writer and comedian living in San Francisco. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator. Fan FilmDrunk on Facebook , find the latest movie reviews here .

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The true story behind “The Revenant” is even crazier than the movie

For real though.

By now, many of us have at least seen the trailer for The Revenant , with Leonardo DiCaprio cast as Hugh Glass, a fur trapper and hunter who embarks on a mission for vengeance after being left for dead by his cohorts in the wake of a bear attack. As it turns out, Hugh Glass was a real guy who had a pivotal role in the westward expansion of the fur trade, and by extension, America. And he was even more of a badass than we see in the movie—though not for the reasons you might expect.  

The lucrative fur trade was a driving force behind American exploration, as Eric Jay Dolin explains in his chronicle , Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America . When Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark on their 1804 expedition to explore the land he acquired in the Louisiana Purchase, two of his objectives were to discover 1) what items Native Americans may accept in trade for pelts, and 2) whether a navigable, all-water route might connect the Pacific to the fur posts of the Missouri River.

Mountain men

Lewis and Clark did not find such a route. Instead, they found the Rocky Mountains, which gave rise to a new class of fur trader: the mountain man.

Dolin estimates only a few thousand men pursued this risky path. It was a wild, violent existence that required rugged self-reliance, but had its romance as well. Mountain men spent autumns and springs trapping, and winters camping—often in groups together with their wives and families—and summers selling at rendezvous, where they’d often drink and gamble away their earnings. (While in the wild they subsisted on what today we might call an intense paleo diet, sometimes consuming upwards of 10 pounds of meat per day , and replacing bread with dépouille , smoked straps of fat taken from either side of a buffalo’s spine.)

Among the toughest of the mountain men were the free trappers. Rather than contracting with a fur company to provide supplies and salary in exchange for all their pelts, these traders struck out on their own. They assumed all the risk for their journey, using their own horses, guns, and gear, and selling their furs to the highest bidder. According to mountain man Joseph Meek, the free trader “took what route he thought fit, hunted and trapped when and where he chose; traded with the Indians … dressed flauntingly, and generally had an Indian wife and half-breed children.”

Eventually, Glass became a representative of free traders. In the late 1820s, the New York-based John Jacob Astor—arguably the world’s most powerful fur trader—had an eye on western expansion. It was Glass who convinced his emissary, Kenneth McKenzie, that there were mountain men in the Rockies eager to do business with Astor’s company.

“This was all the coaxing McKenzie needed,” Dolin wrote. “In 1829 the American Fur Company, at McKenzie’s urging, sent a party of trappers and goods into the mountains. Astor had finally entered the Rocky Mountain Trade.”

But before Glass could make his mark on history as a spokesman for free traders, he had to become a legendary mountain man—which is what we see dramatized in  The Revenant. 

A grizzly ordeal

As Dolin wrote, mountain men were “forced to confront a lawless world where violence lurked at every bend.” It’s hard to imagine anything making them shake in their boots—except, perhaps, for a grizzly bear. Similar to the way surfers today call sharks “the man in a gray suit,” trappers referred to grizzly bears “Old Ephraim.”

In 1823, Glass met Old Ephraim, in an encounter that made him one of the most famous of mountain men. He had already had  a rough trip , having been shot in a battle with the Arikara tribe—called “Rees,” as those who have seen the movie may remember—on the shores of the Missouri River.

The losses in battle caused Glass’s trapping party to split up, and Glass to join a team of men and horses heading west over land. Glass ventured hunting ahead of his group, in the Grand River Valley of present-day South Dakota. There, he encountered a female grizzly with her cubs. According to Dolin, before Glass could prepare his rifle, the bear reared up, grabbed him by his throat and shoulder, slammed him on the ground, and “bit off a chunk of his flesh, and turned to feed it to her cubs.”

Glass’s cohorts arrived in time to kill the bear, but not before Glass was beaten, bruised, and bleeding profusely. The group’s leader, Rocky Mountain Fur Company founder Andrew Henry, determined moving Glass was not an option. He offered a reward to two men—veteran woodsman John Fitzgerald and, accounts suggest , a 19-year-old named James Bridger—to keep vigil over the hunter until he passed away, and give him a proper burial.

Left for dead

But Hugh Glass wouldn’t die. After five days, the men abandoned him, and took Glass’s tomahawk, knife, flint, and beloved hunting rifle with them—essentially sabotaging any hope for survival. They returned to their party and lied, saying Glass was dead and had a proper burial.

Glass, meanwhile, began to recover his strength. He foraged for berries and insects and drank spring water for at least 10 days, until he found a pack of wolves eating a buffalo calf, and scared them away (as you do). Fueled by buffalo protein and the promise of vengeance, Glass made it to the nearest trading post—some 350 miles from where he had been left—and kept moving in pursuit of his abandoners.

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After several more Arikara attacks, Glass finally found Fitzgerald, one of the men who had left him for dead, by then was enlisted in the army. Glass knew punishment would be swift if he murdered a soldier, so he reasoned with Fitzgerald’s commanding officer, recovered his stolen rifle, and moved on.

Some would say that Glass’s greatest legacy was one that  The Revenant didn’t respect.

“Not only had Hugh done a great thing in crawling back to safety after he was almost killed, but after he had figured out who had deserted him, he chased them down, caught them, and then … let them go,” Frederick Manfred, the late author of the 1954 biographical novel Lord Grizzly ,  said in a South Dakota Historical Society account . “That was an act that put him above Achilles. In fact, Hugh Glass had performed his heroics while completely alone. Achilles always had a contingent of Greek warriors nearby.”

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Bear Rape In The Revenant? Here's The Real Story

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We’ve heard a lot of things coming from the set of Leonardo DiCaprio’s new movie The Revenant . The movie, about a man trying to survive in the rugged wilderness, appears to have been as tough on the cast and crew as it was supposed to be for the characters. However, of all the things that DiCaprio’s character must go through in the film, there is one thing we can now confirm he won’t have to go through: He will not be raped by a bear.

There’s a sentence I never thought I’d type in my life. If you’ve seen any of the trailers for Revenant , you’ve probably seen clips of Leonardo DiCaprio being attacked by a large bear. However, the conversation started to change a bit when Drudge Report started a rumor that in said scene, DiCaprio’s character, Hugh Glass, is actually... raped by said bear. A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox has now come out and spoken with Entertainment Weekly specifically to debunk this crazy rumor:

As anyone who has seen the movie can attest, the bear in the film is a female who attacks Hugh Glass because she feels he might be threatening her cubs. There is clearly no rape scene with a bear.

That’s perhaps the craziest thing about this insane rumor. The Revenant has already screened for several critics in order to be considered for year-end awards. People have already seen the movie. If "bear rape" was an actual thing, it would have likely come out before now. The alleged scene also makes no sense. If we, as the audience, know this is a mother protecting her babies, then even if the scene appears to show rape, we know that's not the case. People have spoken about how violent the movie is, potentially needlessly so , you’d think a scene as graphic as this one would have been mentioned already.

The early buzz for The Revenant has been strong. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu is following up on his Oscar success Birdman with another film that is likely to receive award notice. Leonardo DiCaprio is still looking for his first Oscar win, and this one might very well get him another nomination. If you haven’t seen DiCaprio getting attacked - not raped - by a bear, check out the trailer.

The Revenant opens in limited release on Christmas Day in order to be considered for the Academy Awards and will then see wide release in January.


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CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.

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How The Revenant Got its Bear Attack Scene Right

Meticulous research, computer-generated effects, and a skilled stunt team were behind one of the most memorable animal encounters in cinema’s history..

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There is no shortage of violent scenes in The Revenant . The wilderness epic, which is up for a dozen Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards, sets one man’s quest for revenge against a backdrop of bloodshed between trappers and Native Americans. But it was the bear attack that stood out.

In a pivotal sequence, the film’s hero — fur trapper Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio — is mauled by a grizzly bear. He survives, but his companions soon leave him for dead in the middle of the frigid American west to fend for himself.

Among Hollywood depictions of attacking bruins, The Revenant ’s is quite realistic. Backpacker talked with one of the movie’s stunt performers, a consultant to the film and two of North America’s premier bear experts about what the movie gets right.

Doing their research

Glenn Ennis of Vancouver, one of the performers who played the bear, told Backpacker the team prepared by studying videos of wild and captive bears, including several attacks.

Ennis recalls one clip of a man being attacked after entering a zoo enclosure. The footage went on for quite some time, with the bear wandering away mid-attack but then coming back and getting vicious again, he says. The bear in The Revenant behaves similarly.

The bear itself was created with computer effects, but it was superimposed over Ennis and his actual movement. He had to call on his acting background to practice ursine walking and “getting into the headspace of a bear,” he says. When they’re not attacking something, “they have a nonchalance to them.”

Earlier on in the film’s production, a group including director Alejandro González Iñárritu, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and visual effects supervisor Richard McBride met for an informal consultation for the film with Scott McMillion, a Montana-based writer and author of Mark of the Grizzly , a 1998 nonfiction book about bear attacks.

That conversation and other research paid off for the filmmakers. McMillon says he was impressed with the computer-generated imagery that made the scene. (One of the movie’s Oscar nominations is for visual effects.)

In addition to McMillion, Iñárritu met with Werner Herzog to talk about his 2005 documentary Grizzly Man , the L.A. Times reported.

“The research of how it happened is very important,” Iñárritu said in December at an event at the Writers Guild Theater in Los Angeles, according to the paper. “All the Hollywood films show bears as a bad guy or they have human emotions. … I hate that. And this [bear] is just feeding her cubs. That’s it. I wanted to understand how, what happened.”

Mother and cubs

In the movie, the attack starts when Glass is walking in the forest and chances upon two bear cubs in front of him. He looks over his shoulder and sees the mother at close range. What happens next, McMillon says, is firmly grounded in reality.

“If you get between a mother and its cubs you’re probably going to take an ass kicking,” he says.

Of fatal grizzly bear attacks, around 80% involve mothers defending cubs, according to Lynn Rogers, a wildlife biologist and founder of the North American Bear Center who has studied bears since 1967 and has walked with grizzlies in Alaska.

The “mother bear is not trying to eat you, she’s just trying to vanquish the danger,” Rogers says.

Although most females with cubs will flee, the shorter the range, the more likely an attack is to happen, says Stephen Herrero, an emeritus professor of environmental science at the University of Calgary who has been studying bears since 1967.

Playing dead

In the movie, the mama bruin doesn’t rear up on her hind legs with her claws in the air. Instead, it headbutts Glass to the ground. “They come in low and fast like a rocket,” McMillion says.

After putting up a short fight, Glass ends up playing dead and the bear moves a short distance away. That’s when he makes another mistake.

“He gets up and goes for a gun; then round two starts,” McMillion says. “If a grizzly bear knocks you down, stay down.”

It’s rare that bears kill people and even rarer that they eat people. Like Glass, most people survive bear attacks. As soon as people play dead, says McMillon, bears tend to stop chewing. Had Glass stayed down, his attacker likely would have moved on.

Even a gunshot from Glass isn’t enough to stop the bear from dishing out a second beating.

“They can withstand terrible wounding and still be in attack mode,” Herrero says.

Myth and reality

In reality, bear attacks are far from common. Each year in Canada and the United States, there are about 20 black bear and 10 grizzly bear attacks, with about three of them being fatal, Herrero says.

One myth McMillon tries to dispel is that grizzly bears are out there hunting people.

In the 1997 wilderness drama The Edge , a bear kills one person in a party lost in Alaska. But then the bear stalks the others. Hogwash, says McMillion, noting The Revenant did not show the bear hunting Glass.

Herrero agrees that the filmmakers did their research. But whether that knowledge, and how they employed it, was enough to win them an Oscar on Sunday remains to be seen.

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Was the real hugh glass a fur trapper.

Yes. The Revenant true story confirms that this is one of the few facts about Hugh Glass that we do know for sure. He was a frontiersman and fur trapper. In 1823, he signed up for an expedition backed by General William Henry Ashley and Major Andrew Henry, who together founded the Rocky Mountain Fur Company in 1822 (Henry is portrayed by Domhnall Gleeson in The Revenant ). Ashley had placed an ad in the Missouri Gazette & Public Advertiser in search of "enterprising young men." It was during this fur-trapping expedition that Hugh Glass was attacked by a grizzly bear, an event that turned Glass's story into Frontier legend. How much of the legend is true is uncertain, as the story was often embellished with each retelling. -Telegraph.co.uk Like in the movie, Hugh Glass was a skilled fur trapper and frontiersman. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio portrays Glass in The Revenant .

Did Hugh Glass order the trappers to leave their boats and head into the mountains after the Arikara fight?

No. Following the fight with the Arikara tribe, the expedition's backers, William Ashley and Andrew Henry, not Hugh Glass, ordered the fur trappers to leave their boats and go by foot/horse into the mountains. -HistoryBuff.com

Did Hugh Glass really have a Native-American wife?

Little is known about the life of the real Hugh Glass prior to the 1823 bear attack. Most is conjecture, including his marriage to a Native American woman, with whom he supposedly fell in love after being captured by and living with Pawnee Indians for several years. As his legend grew, so did his elaborate backstory, which also included him being kidnapped by French-American pirate Jean Lafitte, a fate he allegedly escaped after a couple years by jumping ship and swimming ashore near what is now Galveston, Texas. We do know that Glass was an experienced frontiersman and a skilled hunter, but where and how he acquired those talents is anyone's guess. -HistoryBuff.com Though Hugh Glass's marriage to a Pawnee Indian is often retold with the legend, no public or private documents exist to confirm the marriage. The reality is that very little is known about Glass's life prior to the bear attack.

Was the real Hugh Glass attacked by a bear?

Yes, although no eyewitness account exists, The Revenant true story reveals that it happened in the summer of 1823, five months after Glass joined a South Dakota fur-trapping expedition funded by Major Andrew Henry and William Henry Ashley. The mauling took place near the banks of the Grand River when Glass unexpectedly came upon a grizzly bear and her two cubs. The mother bear ripped his scalp, punctured his throat, broke his leg, and left him with numerous gashes. His fellow hunters heard his cries and rushed to help, using more than one bullet to drop the bear. -Telegraph.co.uk The real Hugh Glass was attacked by a bear in August of 1823.

Did Hugh Glass leave behind a documented account of the bear attack?

No, at least none have been found. We do know that Hugh Glass was literate from a surviving letter he wrote to the parents of fellow fur trapper John Gardner, who was killed during an 1823 encounter with the hostile Arikara tribe ( History Net ). The papers of some of his bosses document him as being a difficult employee to rein in. However, he left little else behind to accurately document his life, and no direct eyewitness account of the bear attack exists. The story of the attack first appeared publicly in an 1825 Philadelphia literary journal, written by a local lawyer in search of literary success. It spread across the United States in newspapers and other journals, quickly becoming Frontier legend. Glass's story became the subject of the 1915 poem "The Song of Hugh Glass" by John Neihardt and at least a half dozen books. Irish actor Richard Harris portrayed Glass in the trippy 1970 film Man in the Wilderness , which also starred John Huston. -HistoryBuff.com This drawing of a grizzly bear attacking Hugh Glass appeared in the July 2, 1922 edition of The Milwaukee Journal . It accompanied an article about the "frontier adventures of Hugh Glass" that unfolded a century earlier.

I heard that Leonardo DiCaprio's character is raped by a bear in the movie, is that true?

Fox, the studio behind The Revenant , has strongly denied that there was ever a graphic rape scene involving DiCaprio's character and a bear. The controversial story, titled "DiCaprio Raped by Bear in Fox Movie," first appeared on the Drudge Report several weeks before the film's release. However, it appears that the news report was possibly sensationalized a bit. The source, an article on Showbiz 411 , states the following, "The bear flips Glass over on his belly and molests him- dry humps him actually- as he nearly devours him." This doesn't seem to make sense since the bear was understood to have been a she, not a he.

Was Hugh Glass really left for dead by members of his hunting team?

Yes. Believing that Hugh Glass had received mortal wounds during his encounter with the bear, the expedition's leaders paid two men to stay behind until Glass died. This was done in order to give him a Christian burial. These men were John Fitzgerald and the younger Jim Bridger, portrayed in the movie by Tom Hardy and Will Poulter. They stayed with Glass for several days (the exact number varies). After seeing that his body was refusing to die, The Revenant true story confirms that they placed him in a shallow grave, collected his weapons, and headed off to rejoin the expedition. -Telegraph.co.uk Like in The Revenant movie, the real Hugh Glass was left for dead by John Fitzgerald and Jim Bridger.

Did the real story take place in the winter?

No, at least not all of it. Despite the entire film appearing to unfold in the winter, the bear attack actually happened in the summer. -HistoryBuff.com

Was CGI used or did they really film in the harsh environments?

Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu made it clear from the beginning that computer-generated imagery would not be used as a stand in for remote locations. He also insisted on shooting in natural light. " If we ended up in greenscreen with coffee and everybody having a good time, everybody will be happy, but most likely the film would be a piece of sh*t," he told The Hollywood Reporter . As a result, some members of the crew left the filming, unable to handle the harsh environments, which included temperatures of -13F (-25C) ( T elegraph.co.uk ). Filming took place in British Columbia, Alberta, Montana and southern Argentina.

Did they really kill Hugh Glass's son?

No. In The Revenant movie, the murder of Glass's mixed-race son by John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) prompts him to embark on a journey for revenge. This part of the movie is pure fiction, as there is no evidence that Glass had any children at all, much less a son who was slain before his eyes. -HistoryBuff.com John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) killing Hugh Glass's son Hawk (Forrest Goodluck) in the movie is pure fiction. The real Glass did not have any children.

Did Hugh Glass really sleep in animal carcasses?

Prior to the film's release, actor Leonardo DiCaprio made headlines when he said that he slept in an animal carcass and ate raw bison liver to help embody the character. While sleeping in an animal carcass is not an entirely uncommon survival tactic (adventurer Bear Grylls slept in a deer carcass and crawled inside a camel carcass on his show Man vs. Wild ), whether the real Hugh Glass did this or not is not known, but it certainly adds to the legend (most versions of the story mention Glass eating animal carcasses, which is more likely). Other more outrageous details surrounding Glass's journey to survive have appeared in various tellings of his story. They include a grizzly bear licking maggots from Glass's wounds and Glass killing and eating a rattlesnake. The latter is certainly possible, but there's little doubt the other is the result of Glass's story being spun a few too many times.

How far did the real Hugh Glass crawl after being left for dead?

As the legend surrounding Hugh Glass grew, so did the distance of his six-week-long crawl, jumping from 80 miles to 100 miles to 200 miles. Most tellings of his story embrace the latter, no doubt because it makes for a better tale. -Telegraph.co.uk

Did the real Hugh Glass get his vengeance?

No. In researching The Revenant true story, we learned that Hugh Glass did catch up to John Fitzgerald and Jim Bridger, the men who abandoned him, but he forgave them instead of exacting violent revenge. It should be noted again that in real life these men never killed Glass's son, so forgiveness would have come more easily. The real Hugh Glass forgave John Fitzgerald instead of unleashing violent revenge. Tom Hardy (pictured) portrays Fitzgerald in The Revenant movie.

What exactly is a "revenant?"

In the simplest terms, a "revenant" is a dead spirit that comes back to life to terrorize the living. In terms of the movie, Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) survives the bear attack, crawls from the shallow grave he was left in, and metaphorically comes back to life to terrorize those who betrayed him, later stating, "I ain't afraid to die anymore. I done it already."

What was Hugh Glass's life like in the years following the bear attack?

Little is known about Hugh Glass's later years, but we do know that he worked as a hunter at the mouth of the Yellowstone River, employed by Fort Union. -Daily Mail Online Other than fictionalized accounts, we know little about the real Hugh Glass's life prior to the 1823 bear attack that made him famous. His later years are equally ambiguous. Leonardo DiCaprio (left) and Hugh Glass (right).

Was Hugh Glass really killed by indians?

Yes. According to a report in The Milwaukee Journal , a visitor at Fort Union shared such an account of Hugh Glass's death. "Old Glass with two companions had gone to Fort Cass to hunt bear on the Yellowstone, and as they were crossing the river on the ice, all three were shot and scalped by a war party of 30 Aricaras." -Daily Mail Online

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He groomed, sexually coerced NJ girl online, attorneys say. Now he may face life in prison

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A 27-year-old Bear man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Delaware on charges of production of child pornography and coercion and enticement of a minor.

The man was previously charged in October for the kidnapping and endangerment of the same child by a judge in Passaic County, New Jersey.

Court documents unsealed Tuesday by the Department of Justice show that Darius Matylewich kidnapped the 11-year-old girl from Wayne, New Jersey, in September after grooming her online and coercing her to produce child sexual abuse material for him.

The initial charges in New Jersey did not mention the coercion or sexual abuse. If he is convicted on these new charges, he faces between 15 years and life in prison, the Department of Justice said.

Matylewich met the 11-year-old through the online video game Roblox, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office. Recently released court records show that the conversation then progressed onto social media platforms like Discord, TikTok, Snapchat and Facebook, where the 27-year-old coerced the girl to produce child sexual abuse material for him.

A search of Matylewich's phone revealed that the man's iPhone was located outside the girl's home on July 29, court records show. The same search showed the phone near or inside the girl's home and, later, the hotel she was staying at on seven different days, with the last time being the day she was kidnapped.

Throughout this month and a half, the man regularly searched for pornography based on animated children's shows and movies, according to court documents, as well as questions related to pregnancy.

Patterns of grooming, coercion

Matylewich, like many abusers, employed grooming tactics to coerce the 11-year-old to meet with him in person and create this material for him, according to federal prosecutors.

The man "took advantage of the child's unstable family situation," according to a memorandum from prosecutors, and convinced her that she was "in love" with him. He regularly told the girl that he loved her and guilt-tripped her, court records show. He also gave her gifts, like Roblox gift cards, and suggested she could pay him back with sexual favors.

When the girl agreed to send him explicit photos or videos, court records claim that the man would screen-record the messages and videos, unbeknownst to the girl, and save them to a password-protected folder on his phone.

"The degree of psychological harm that the Defendant caused the Victim cannot be overstated," wrote U.S. Attorney David C. Weiss.

From online chats to abduction

The 11-year-old girl disappeared from the Wayne hotel room she and her family were living in on the morning of Sept. 10. Her mother was at work, court documents state, and her brother saw her leave with a backpack and thought she was heading to school.

In reality, the 11-year-old had gotten in Matylewich's car and was driven to his home in Bear.

The Wayne Police Department was called to investigate, but couldn't find the child on any cameras or in nearby businesses. The girl's mother told police that her daughter had disappeared for a few hours in June to meet with a man she met online, and said she believed the girl may be with him again.

The Wayne Police Department found Matylewich's phone number and address in Delaware, according to court records. They called the man and, "surprisingly," he picked up. Officers talked to the man for over half an hour, court documents state, and he admitted that he picked up the girl from the hotel and took her to his home in Bear.

He claimed that he thought the girl was 13, not 11, and denied a sexual relationship. While on the phone with the man, Wayne police contacted New Castle County police, who went to the house the man shared with his mother.

When officers knocked on the door, Matylewich came out holding his cellphone, still on the phone with Wayne police.

The girl was found safely inside and was taken to the hospital, according to court records. Both she and Matylewich continuously denied any sexual contact.

Larger trends in child sexual abuse material, sexual coercion of minors

While the kidnapping of children for sexual abuse is rare, child sexual exploitation is not.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recorded 366 abductions by a non-family member between 2016 and 2020, with many of the abductions being sexually motivated.

In 2020 alone, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received 37,872 online reports of online enticement of children for sexual acts, and over 21.6 million reports of CSAM. In 2022, those numbers rose to 80,524 and 31.9 million, respectively.

Most CyberTipline reports come from social media platforms, many of which employ programs to automatically detect and report child sexual abuse material. It is unclear if any social media platforms flagged the 27-year-old; however, unlike other recent sexual abuse cases, it was not flagging that alerted authorities.

Some people in possession of this material, like the 27-year-old, store it on their phones rather than social media. However, Apple, which has a large user base, did not introduce  a mechanism for detecting child sexual abuse material  until late 2021. The program alerts only Apple of the material after an account crosses an unspecified “threshold” number of images that match known child sexual abuse material.

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How to get help

National Suicide Hotline:  988

Crisis Text Line:  Text HOME to 741741 for crisis support

National Sexual Assault Hotline:  800-656-4673

National Child Abuse Hotline:  800-422-4453

Team HOPE  (free support for survivors of sexual abuse or exploitation and their families): 866-305-4673

Report child sexual abuse material to the  CyberTipline  online at  report.cybertip.org  or by calling 1-800-843-5678.

Send story tips or ideas to Hannah Edelman at [email protected]. For more reporting, follow them on X at @h_edelman.

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Chicago Bears to keep coach Matt Eberflus, fire OC Luke Getsy

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears have made the first two decisions in what will be a pivotal offseason, bringing back coach Matt Eberflus for the 2024 season while firing offensive coordinator Luke Getsy.

Sources told ESPN that the Bears opted to keep Eberflus after extensive meetings Monday and Tuesday.

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The Bears announced Wednesday afternoon that Getsy and four other offensive assistants -- quarterbacks coach Andrew Janocko, wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, running backs coach Omar Young and assistant tight ends coach Tim Zetts -- were fired.

The moves come three days after the completion of Eberflus and Getsy's second season with the Bears. The Bears went 7-10 but showed signs of promise down the stretch, winning four of their final six games.

Eberflus is 10-24 in two seasons with Chicago after spending the previous 13 years as a defensive assistant coach in the NFL, capped by a four-year stretch as the Colts' defensive coordinator from 2018 to 2021.

Chicago's offense showed improvement this season, but it was ultimately not enough for Chicago to move forward with Getsy.

The Bears face a monumental decision at quarterback this offseason and whether they will stick with Justin Fields entering his fourth season or use the No. 1 draft pick on a rookie quarterback.

As deliberations on the plan at quarterback begin inside Halas Hall, so do the conversations about the type of offensive identity the Bears want to have in 2024.

Player frustrations over the offense showed several times during the 2023 season, beginning in Week 3 when Fields pointed to "coaching" as the reason behind his "robotic" play. Wide receiver DJ Moore also indicated a lack of consistent explosive plays caused Chicago to fall short.

Chicago's offense ranked 17th in offensive points per game (20.4), which is its highest mark since ranking 11th in 2018, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The passing offense improved from 32nd to 27th (182.1 yards per game) while the Bears owned the NFL's No. 2 rushing offense (141.1 YPG).

The Bears' season ended with a 17-9 loss at Green Bay, the second time since Week 12 that Chicago failed to score a touchdown. The offense came away with one touchdown combined in its final three road games and was held to 20 or fewer points in 10 games.

In 17 games, the offense ranked 21st in EPA/play (-0.052), 19th in success rate (41.6%) and 19th in yards per attempt (6.7) and scored 37 touchdowns, which is tied for 20th in the NFL.

Although Moore (1,364) and tight end Cole Kmet (719) both reached career highs in receiving yards, the inconsistencies in the passing game were prominent under Getsy. Fields was tied for 21st with 6.9 yards per attempt, 29th in passing success rate (38.4%), 18th in adjusted completion rate (74.3%) and totaled 20 touchdowns (16 passing, 4 rushing).

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2024 NFL head coach tracker: Eight jobs open after Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll, Mike Vrabel, Ron Rivera exits

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With the 2023 regular season ending Sunday, 18 of the NFL's 32 teams are done for the year. That means it's time to turn our attention toward the league's coaching carousel where there are currently eight vacancies. There are the New England, Patriots,  Carolina Panthers , the Las Vegas Raiders , and the  Los Angeles Chargers  -- all of whom fired their coaches midseason. Then there are the Atlanta Falcons , who  fired Arthur Smith on Sunday evening   just after midnight ; the Washington Commanders , who moved on from Ron Rivera  on Monday; and the Tennessee Titans , who parted ways with Mike Vrabel on Tuesday.

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The Panthers made Frank Reich the first coach fired after letting him go on Nov. 27 following Carolina beginning the year 1-10 in his first season in charge. Reich's 11-game tenure is the shortest with a team since Pete McCulley lasted nine games with the 1978 San Francisco 49ers . Carolina finished the season with the NFL's worst record, 2-15, and the league's worst scoring offense (13.9 points per game) in 2023 first overall pick quarterback Bryce Young's rookie season. 

The Raiders fired Josh McDaniels on Halloween after 3-5 start. He went 9-16 in two seasons as the Raiders head coach. McDaniels reportedly lost the locker ro om as his players ripped into for his leadership approach. Las Vegas went 5-4 under linebackers and interim head coach Antonio Pierce to finish the season 8-9 overall. Their 15.9 points per game allowed from Weeks 9-18 under Pierce ranked as the fewest in the NFL. 

The Chargers fired Brandon Staley on December 15 following a 5-9 start that included being blown out 63-21 in his final game in charge. Los Angeles was without quarterback Justin Herbert , who was out with a fractured index finger on his right, throwing hand. The Chargers ranked 28th in both scoring and total defense under Staley in 2023, a far cry from when he coached the league's best scoring and total defense as a defensive coordinator with the Rams in 2020.  

The Atlanta Falcons fired Arthur Smith following the conclusion of the final day of the regular season on Jan. 7 after finishing 7-10 in each his first three seasons. That run made Smith the first Falcons head coach to ever lose 10 games in three consecutive seasons. Game management wasn't his strong suit this season as Atlanta had four losses when leading in the final minute of a game this season. That's the most by any team since the 2015  New York Giants . 

His biggest failing as a head coach is being resistant to featuring the three offensive skill position players the team drafted in the top 10 in each of the last three drafts: tight end  Kyle Pitts  (fourth overall pick in 2021), wide receiver  Drake London  (eighth overall pick in 2022) and running back  Bijan Robinson  (eighth overall pick in 2023). In the past, Smith had said his job as an NFL head coach is about finding a way to win and not playing  fantasy football . However, utilizing three of the team's most talented playmakers sure could have helped an offense that averaged 19.6 points per game in 2023, the ninth-worst scoring offense in the league. 

Ron Rivera's time with the Washington Commanders is now over as he has been fired by the franchise. The team went 4-13 this season in Year 1 of the Commanders new ownership group fronted by  Josh Harris . The Commanders defense, Rivera's side of the ball, was the worst in the NFL across the board in 2023.

The Titans made a surprising move Tuesday when they fired Mike Vrabel . While Tennessee had four straight winning seasons after Vrabel arrived in 2018 -- including three playoff appearances -- it finished a combined 13-21 over the past two seasons.

And the Seahawks followed suit a day later, announcing that Pete Carroll had "evolved" from the head coaching job to an advisor position, opening the top job on their staff after two straight non-playoff seasons.

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Man who brazenly attacked judge during sentencing said he was having a bad day

The man who brazenly attacked a Las Vegas judge after leaping over the bench and slamming her into a wall told corrections officers he had a bad day and tried to kill her, a police document shows.

Court cameras showed the moment Deobra Redden, 30, appeared to “Superman” over the bench during a hearing Wednesday and pushed Clark County District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus against a wall. A brawl between him and court officials ensued, and three people were injured.

Holthus was preparing to sentence Redden on a charge of attempted battery with substantial bodily harm when he rocketed across the room. 

After the attack, Redden told a marshal the “judge has it out for me” and “judge is evil,” according to a declaration of arrest report from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

The marshal said he also apologized, saying, “I’m sorry you guys had to see that,” the document said.

In the melee, Redden slammed Holthus’ head against the wall, struck her once on the head and pulled out some of her hair, the document said. After the attack, one witness said the judge hid under her desk, “balled up covering her face,” the police document said.

Holthus, who was back in court Thursday, was treated in the justice center and later brought to a hospital by a family member for her pain. She said Redden was “big, strong and angry,” according to the document.

The document said Holthus’ marshal in the court room, Shane Brandon, was preparing to handcuff Redden when he vaulted across the room. He tripped while trying to apprehend Redden, dislocated his shoulder and received 25 stitches to a gash on his face.

Redden also punched a corrections officer in the courtroom, and Holthus’ law clerk, Michael Lasso, was cut several times on his hand, the document said.

Redden was eventually taken into custody. Later, while he was being searched, he uttered that he had a bad day and tried to kill the judge, the document said.

The incident left the courtroom a wreck, with blood splattered on court documents, Holthus’ desk, the wall and the floor near the witness stand, according to the police report.

Holthus said in a statement Thursday: “I would like to thank all the well-wishers and others who have expressed concern for me and my staff. I am extremely grateful to those who took brave action during the attack.”

Redden is due back in court next week to be sentenced for the original case. He will be charged with multiple counts of battery in the attack.

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‘Coffee’s great, people are better’: Bear Coast Coffee now serving Laguna

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A coffee venture that started in Orange County’s southernmost community has worked its way up the coast into Laguna Beach.

Bear Coast Coffee, which began serving the local residents in December, held its grand-opening event on Saturday.

The location of the business is befitting of the name, as it is sharing space in the historic Coast Liquor building at 1391 South Coast Highway. Natural light floods into the cafe through its large windows, with views of the Pacific Ocean and the busy thoroughfare along which it is stationed.

“When it comes to the location where we are, and the reason why we felt the call to persist through the three years that we experienced of approvals and all that, it had parking, it had a beautiful view, it had permits,” said Jeff Clinard, founder and co-owner of Bear Coast Coffee.

“All these things, in Laguna, are so difficult to find and have space inside for people to be and breathe, room for strollers to turn around. … The building itself, and the views and the windows, and just being able to see the ocean has been so great.”

The new Bear Coast Coffee, located at 1391 South Coast Highway, in Laguna Beach.

The new Laguna Beach coffee spot, open daily from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., is just a short walk from Mountain Road Beach. The Garden of Peace and Love, an AIDS memorial garden, and the Boom Boom Bench, an artistic homage to the former gay bar known as the Boom Boom Room, overlook that stretch of sand.

Outdoor seating provides an open-air setting for coffee and tea enthusiasts to enjoy their drinks. There is also in-store Wi-Fi, which some of the locals have already discovered.

“I’ve seen some high schoolers find us out and start studying around finals and stuff like that over this past month,” Clinard said.

Clinard founded Bear Coast Coffee as a pop-up business in San Clemente. The coffee company opened its first location at the San Clemente Pier in 2015, before adding two more locations in Dana Point.

Bear Coast Coffee is near Mountain Road Beach in Laguna Beach.

The roastery that feeds the stores and handles online orders is also in San Clemente.

Clinard, a Michigan native, attended University High in Irvine. He said he spent summers in Laguna Beach at Aliso and Thousand Steps beaches.

Coffee has provided a means to foster and deepen relationships, and Clinard hopes to continue down that pathway. In its introduction to the community, Clinard said Bear Coast Coffee donated 15% of its gross sales during the grand opening to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

“We see people meet over coffee, get married and then have kids, and we continue to serve these families,” Clinard said. “We’ve seen that happen since the beginning of Bear Coast, and that’s my goal when it comes to the growth of our company. … Coffee’s great, people are better.”

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