If you've seen The Revenant - and if you haven't, get on that - you know that Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Hugh Glass, is brutally mauled by a bear. Yes, he survives, but you almost wish he doesn't. It looks like it really, really hurts.
So was it humor, irony, or just plain weirdness that inspired more than one Japanese fan to greet DiCaprio in a bear suit at the film's Japanese premiere in Tokyo last week?
DiCaprio told the audience at the Roppongio Hills, Tokyo premiere that he was "privileged to be a part of cinema history that I think is very ground breaking and it was a huge honor for all of us the night of the Oscars to be awarded the way we were." The film, of course, brought DiCaprio his first ever Oscar at the Academy Awards last month. Director Alejandro Inarritu of Mexico also took home a statuette, for Best Director.
More than likely, the bear suits in Tokyo were meant as a sign of adoration for DiCaprio, who has been a fan favorite now for decades - with such acting credits under his belt as What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Romeo + Juliet, Titanic, Gangs of New York, Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, and now, multiple credits as executive producer. Japan loves Leo, just like we all do!