Leonardo DiCaprio's buffalo hide in The Revenant made in B.C.

Two B.C. ranchers were delighted to see international movie star Leonardo DiCaprio wearing one of their buffalo hides in the Hollywood blockbuster, The Revenant. opening this week.

'It was cool of course ... that one of my hides [is] going to be in a movie with a famous actor like DiCaprio'

This photo provided by courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox shows, Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, in a scene from the film, "The Revenant," directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Jan. 8, 2016. (Twentieth Century Fox/Associated Press)

Two B.C. ranchers were delighted to see international movie star Leonardo DiCaprio wearing one of their buffalo hides in the Hollywood blockbuster, The Revenant. opening this week.

The opportunity came as a surprise, according to the sibling pair, who own and operate the XH Buffalo Ranch in 70 Mile House, a two-hour drive northwest of Kamloops.  

"We got a call from the set director and the wardrobe director for The Revenant in the summer of 2014," said Franzi Ng.

"Before we knew it, two shipments of hides and skulls were shipped down to Vancouver … a few weeks ago, we saw the trailer for the movie and there was our hide on the shoulders of a major movie star.

Her brother, Rudy Karlen, made the hide by hand.

Rudy Karlen is part of the brother-sister team at XH Ranch and made the buffalo hide featured on Leonardo DiCaprio's shoulders in The Revenant. (Francis Ng / XH Ranch)

"It was cool of course, real proud of it, that one of my hides [is] going to be in a movie with a famous actor like DiCaprio," he said.

The Revenant was partly filmed in Canada and the production company hired several local actors.

Buffalo hides in demand

XH Ranch sells buffalo hides like this one for about $800 each. (Francis Ng / XH Ranch)

It takes up to three weeks to make a hide like the one DiCaprio wears in The Revenant, according to Karlen.

Ng says the XH Buffalo Ranch has over 250 head of buffalo and a licensed butcher on the premise. 

"They're all individually loved and admired and when their time comes, at about 18 months for the male animals, they are killed right on the pasture."

The whole body of the animal is used and the ranch sells bison meat, skulls, and hides.

A hide like the one DiCaprio wears in the film sells for about $800, which is "quite a bargain," according to Karlen.

Ng has already received more requests from other film production companies for the ranch's skulls and hides.


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