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).
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