Weird History The True Story That Inspired 'The Revenant' Is Even Wilder Than The Movie  

Rebecca High

The Revenant is an Oscar-winning 2016 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio plays a frontiersman who is mauled by a bear, left by his group to die, and somehow survives. Hugh Glass, the man who inspired DiCaprio's character in the film, had an even wilder life than what the film portrays, and it's all recapped in this video.

Hugh Glass was born in Pennsylvania in 1783. He was a seafaring man until French pirates took over his ship, and he ended up becoming a pirate instead of being killed by his captors. Eventually he escaped and swam ashore, ending up in Texas.

In Texas, he encountered Native Americans who really weren't fans of the white pirate who'd shown up in their midst. Once he escaped those Native Americans, he got captured by others.

After escaping capture and near-death by three very different groups, Glass found his way to the mountains, where he got his start in the fur trade. But this crazy, harrowing story is only beginning, and you'll need to watch this video to hear the rest.