It’s hard to say which of the three monomaniacal, monumentally grueling quests is the most riveting.
There’s the torturous trek portrayed in “The Revenant” of Hugh Glass, a 19th-century trapper who, inflamed by revenge, dragged his bloody body 200 miles through the Western wilderness after being gnawed by a grizzly and deserted by fellow trappers.
Then there’s the hunt by Leonardo DiCaprio for his first Oscar, for portraying Glass. He has been on the press circuit dramatizing the agonizing shoot, bragging about his verisimilitude in eating raw bison liver. The director, Alejandro Iñárritu, told Variety he had to fly ants twice, first class, to Calgary, Alberta, so they could crawl over Leo’s fractured frontiersman.
Some wags suggested Leo was so eager to inhabit the solitary Glass’ misery that he broke up with Kelly Rohrbach, his latest supermodel girlfriend, because she was bringing a frivolity to the saturnine mood of the promotional effort by taking the bouncy Pamela Anderson role in the new “Baywatch” movie.