Buffalo hide produced by B.C. rancher featured in latest Leonardo DiCaprio film

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70 MILE HOUSE - A buffalo farmer in the B.C. Interior has become famous in his own right after Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio showcased one of the hides made by at his ranch in the recently released film The Revenant.

“It’s just great. I put so much work and labour and love into this stuff,” owner of XH Buffalo Ranch in 70 Mile House Rudy Karlen says. “(The film company) just contacted us out of the blue that they were looking for hides and skulls. I thought it was just some Mickey Mouse show, but it ended up being with (DiCaprio)."

Karlen says soon after the initial call a crew came up and collected two loads of things, including a hide he cut and tanned himself for the star of the movie.

“They’re all buffalo. We raise them, we slaughter them and tan the hides. But we utilize everything from the animal. We really like these animals and have a hard time killing them; it’s a way of life,” he says.

While the amount of phone calls from press and others with an interest in his product is starting to become a little ‘overwhelming’ he says he hopes to see the movie, sometime soon.

“I never get away from the ranch, that’s the problem,” he says with a laugh. “I’ll have to get a copy for my DVD player."

The plot of the film follows a man (played by DiCaprio) on a fur-trading expedition who, after being attacked by a bear and abandoned by his crew, fights for survival in the wilderness. Parts of the film were shot in B.C. and Alberta. The film won best motion picture drama and DiCaprio won best dramatic actor at the Golden Globes Sunday, Jan. 10.

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