WALL ST JOURNAL
Enthusiasts head to museums, history lectures—and even into the wild—to live like Leonardo DiCaprio’s tormented movie character
ByBrannen Carter, a 45-year-old firefighter in Boise, Idaho, thought he had left his mountain-man days behind him. Then he saw “The Revenant.”
It didn’t take long for Mr. Carter to head to his parents’ home to pick up a bunch of 19th-century clothing and dust off his 8-pound rifle.
“No modern underwear, no modern socks or anything like that,” said Mr. Carter, ticking off some of the do’s and don’ts of his rediscovered passion—heading into the wilds of the Northwest to live like fur trapper Hugh Glass, the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the frontier drama.
Nearly 200 years after his death, the story of Mr. Glass, boosted by an Oscar-winning portrayal by Mr. DiCaprio, has given an unexpected jolt to antebellum-history buffs, mountain-man communities and other groups whose very purpose involves retreating from modern life.
Hugh Glass Website
Mountain Men Museum
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