Canadians Upset By Portrayal In “The Revenant”

Noted Cinematic Icon Jacque Teauteit reports

Canadian actor says The Revenant ‘stupid’ for portraying French-Canadians as murderous rapists

For portraying French-speaking voyageurs as duplicitous, murdering rapists, a prominent Canadian actor is accusing the hit film The Revenant of being anti-French-Canadian.

“It’s the French Canadians who rape, who lynch, who keep sex slaves,” actor Roy Dupuis was quoted as saying in the Quebec version of Huffington Post.

“They have the worst roles!”

Born in Ontario to Francophone parents, Dupuis is famous for portrayed hockey player Maurice Richard in a 2013 biopic, and for his roles as Canadian general Roméo Dallaire in the Rwandan Genocide drama Shake Hands with the Devil.

Dupuis said he was originally offered the role of Toussaint, the leader of a French-Canadian fur trading expedition, but turned it down after reading the script and seeing the Canadiens depicted as “horrible barbarians.”

A spokesman for 20th Century Fox admitted the error and said “Yes, it was a horrible mistake, we never intended to portray French-Canadians as murderous rapists; in fact we meant to portray them as raping murderers.”

10 Responses to “Canadians Upset By Portrayal In “The Revenant””

  1. BlackDog says:

    MORAL: Don’t attend French-Canadian frat parties.

  2. Gunslinger says:

    Newsflash for Roy Dupuis, much of life back then, especially on the untamed frontier would be considered horribly barbaric by todays standards.

  3. Kathy Kinsley says:


    Question. Is it historically accurate? (Don’t see any evidence one way or the other in the article.) If it is, expect The Revenant to be immediately banned everywhere.

  4. JeffS says:

    Hell, BlackDog, don’t party with Canadians, period.

    They’ll drink you under the table, every time. Even Mr. Bingley would be hard pressed to remain vertical in a bar north of the 49th parallel.

  5. Kathy Kinsley says:

    Oh nonsense – depends what you are drinking. Aussies and US Southerners go head-to-head on beer. Irish win whiskey and the Guinness gives them a head start on beers and ales. Scots are good with Scotch. Russians win on Vodka but give them a good ale and they fall over. Canadians are contenders with both Irish and Scotch whiskey/whisky. So are northeastern Americans.

    Overall, It’s the Irish I wouldn’t try to drink under the table. (Unless I wanted to sleep there myself.)

  6. BlackDog says:

    That is why I invite them back to my place. Far more comfortable & I know what has been on the floor.

  7. JeffS says:

    That assessment isn’t complete, Kathy — ever drink soju with the Japanese?

  8. aelfheld says:

    Dupuis seems to have missed the point. French Canadians are portrayed as duplicitous, murdering, rapists because, well, no one much likes French Canadians. The only thing stupid here is Dupuis’ inability to understand that.

  9. Kathy Kinsley says:

    @JeffS – No, only sake – will have have to try soju sometime – though Google says it’s Korean?

  10. JeffS says:

    It’s Korean, Kathy. But it’s popular in Japan.

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