First ‘Foxcatcher’ Clip: Steve Carell Wants to Coach Channing Tatum

Published 12 months ago by , Updated May 16th, 2014 at 3:19 pm,

Foxcatcher, for those who are just tuning in, was originally supposed to release during last year’s awards season, but shall do so in 2014 instead. The film is the latest true-story based projected directed by Bennett Miller; part psychological drama/thriller, part sports drama, Foxcatcher reads as being a hybrid of genre tropes presents in Miller’s previous biographical features, Capote and Moneyball. While watching the first clip from the movie, however, you might be too distracted by Steve Carell’s facial prosthetics to consider much else about this early footage.

Here, Carell donned a fake nose in order to bear a stronger physical resemblance to the actual Jon du Pont (who passed away back in 2010): the multimillionaire philanthropist, ornithologist, published author, wrestling coach, and – eventually – convicted murderer. Foxcatcher starts off before du Pont completed his descent into madness, though; in the video above, we see the first meeting between the man and wrester Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), the younger brother to Olympic freestyle wrestling champ, Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo).

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It’ll be interesting to see how receptive the critic community is to Carell’s performance in Foxcatcher. He’s been applauded before for his more dramatic performances in such films as Little Miss Sunshine and The Way, Way Back; yet when it comes to physical transformations, the awards show voters tend to favor the sort that involve full-blown “changes” (weight losses/gains, etc.) – not so much the prosthetic-assisted variety (see: Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in the Hitchcock biography from a couple years back). Though, there are exceptions, like Nicole Kidman winning for The Hours.

That’s not to say Carell’s performance won’t be up to snuff, otherwise; indeed, based on the footage here, he looks to be a potent combination of awkwardness, passion, and more than a little chilling in the role of du Pont. Similarly, Foxcatcher should continue to prove that Tatum has, in fact, evolved into a legitimate actor – as opposed to being just a pretty face – with his roles over the past few years.


Foxcatcher opens in U.S. theaters on November 14th, 2014.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. There isn’t one mention of what this movie is actually about.

  2. “The true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz who decides to get justice after schizophrenic John duPont killed his brother, Olympic Champion Dave Schultz.”

    Thank you imdb

    • I admittedly don’t know a whole lot about this movie or DuPont, but that summary can’t possibly be correct. DuPont was arrested for the murder after a two day stand off at his home, convicted and sent to prison. At what point, and to what purpose, would Mark Schultz attempt to “get justice?”

      • Maybe extended dramatization for the sake of a movie. Thats just what i read on imdb.

  3. Curious as to why someone would chose that particular scene to preview the film…there’s nothing special about it. It’s just 1:30 of boredom, showing off absolutely nothing.

    • My thoughts exactly! That worm won’t lure this fish to eat.

  4. I think they show that particular scene because is the first time Mark Schultz meets John Dupont and he doesn`t have any idea of the terrible consecuences of that meeting for him and his brother Dave in the future. The calm scene where Dupont is so gentle is a contrast of how weird and violent is going to be him after that.

  5. Let’s not forget Nicole Kidman’s oscar winning nose for The Hours, also a portrayal of a real life person’s descent into insanity.

  6. This murder was big news in Delaware, the Duponts are the richest family in the state.

    • +1 for Delaware reference. First State born and raised. The Du Pont’s pretty much own Delaware.

    • The DuPont’s are a bunch of inbreds, no joke.

  7. What about Charlize Theron’s make-up and prostheics (granted, wieght gain as well) in “Monster” 2003?

  8. Not a huge fan of prosthetics and weight gain, and wasn’t expecting much here. But Carell looks like he’s really stepping it up here. Just his voice and diction. Hopefully its in the ballpark of Kidman in The Hours.

  9. Am I the only one who thinks that Chris Hemsworth should basically play ever roll offered to Tatum? I cant think of a movie where this is not true.

    • I saw all of Channing movies, i think he is a good actor, and not, i don`t think Chris Hensworth is capable to dance as well as Channing in movies like Magic Mike or Step Up. Chris is basically a giant full of steroid to basically play Thor.

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