Left for Dead: Inside the novel and movie The Revenant.

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Only the rifle remained. The man in the wolf skin picked it up, checking quickly to ensure it was charged. “Sorry, old Glass. You ain’t got much more use for any of this.”

With hunting season in full-swing, surely lots of you are sharing stories about long days in the field. The cold. Being hungry. Not moving. Making long treks. Well, Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest movie The Revenant provides some story-worthy outdoor experiences from its filming. But what makes them more fascinating is the events that inspire those in the movie are inspired by real-life ones.The Revenant

The Revenant is based off the novel of the same name by Michael Punke, who serves as Deputy United States Trade Representative and U.S. Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization. The story is about 19th-century fur trapper/tradesman Hugh Glass, who after a bear attack is abandoned by those ordered to watch over him while he heals, or dies. However, Glass survives…and thus the “novel of revenge” tagline takes its meaning. And though the tale is shown in the 1971 Richard Harris movie Man in the Wilderness, the detail-oriented Punke applied his trade background to research and write his own novel on the events in 2002…which took four years to complete.

Left for dead. Traversing the frontier looking for who abandoned you, all while surviving injuries sustained in a bear attack. Sound tough? Well, filming sure was. According to DiCaprio, the grueling filming process had him enduring freezing temps, involved going into frozen rivers, and even sleeping in animal carcasses. At one point, he ate raw bison liver…a reaction that director Alejandro González Iñárritu leaves in the movie for added realism.

Below is the trailer for the movie. After watching it, I feel like I need a warm shower. What do you think? And have you ever had some serious survival moments in the wild?

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