Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2016 blockbuster The Revenant has striking similarities to Richard Harris’s 1971 movie Man In The Wilderness
An intrepid frontiersman survives against all the odds after he is mauled by a grizzly bear and then buried alive by one of his enemies.
Fans of Hollywood heart-throb Leonardo DiCaprio will immediately recognise this as the plot from his new film The Revenant, which is the frontrunner to sweep the board at this year’s Oscars after winning 12 nominations.
But unfortunately for DiCaprio –hoping to win the Best Actor award for the first time – the exact same plotline is ringing very loud bells with fans of the late British film star Richard Harris.
They claim The Revenant is simply a remake of the star’s 1971 film Man In The Wilderness and does not deserve all the acclaim being heaped upon it.
One fan wrote: ‘Leonardo DiCaprio is NO Richard Harris.’ And another added: ‘No way Revenant can be as good as Man In The Wilderness. Nor Leo as good as Richard Harris.’
Fans of the original film have posted pictures of Harris’s character online to reinforce their argument that he created the role.
One fan wrote ‘Richard Harris is The Revenant’, and another said: ‘I want to see that new Richard Harris movie THE REVENANT.’ A third added: ‘The Revenant is very similar to Man In The Wilderness, Richard Harris 1971 film which is much better. Why is credit given to this movie?’
A fan responding to an interview with British actor Tom Hardy, who also stars in the new movie, wrote: ‘Tell Tom that The Revenant is a remake of a Richard Harris film.’
Both movies were inspired by the real-life story of 19th Century trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass, who was forced to crawl hundreds of miles back to civilisation after he was attacked by a bear and then left for dead in the wild.
In the 1971 film, Harris played a character called Zachary Bass, and legendary film director John Huston played Captain Henry, the character who buried Bass alive, supposedly leaving him to die.
In the new film, DiCaprio’s character is buried by John Fitzgerald, played by Tom Hardy.
Many critics believe DiCaprio’s performance as Glass in the new film will bag him his first Best Actor Oscar.
But many film fans will be unaware of the original 1971 film because it was a box-office flop. Harris himself thought the film was ‘marvellous’ and blamed bad marketing for its failure.
The Revenant is simply a remake of the star’s 1971 film Man In The Wilderness and does not deserve all the acclaim being heaped upon it. Pictured: A scene from the movie
Both movies were inspired by the real-life story of 19th Century trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass. Pictured: A scene from Harris’s movie Man In The Wilderness
This is not the first time an Oscar-nominated film has been at the centre of a copycat controversy. In 2013, film fans pointed out the story behind 12 Years A Slave was previously told by the 1984 TV movie Solomon Northup’s Odyssey.
But the film still went on to win Best Film at the Oscars.