(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)
Steve Carell has been given the lead role in the true story of John du Pont, Foxcatcher, directed by Bennett Miller.
Du Pont, a paranoid schizophrenic, built a wrestling training facility on his 800-acre Pennsylvania estate, where he subsequently shot and killed Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz in 1996. After locking himself in his mansion for two days after and talking to negotiators over the phone, the authorities were finally able to lure him out when they shut off his power and heat. He died last year in a Pennsylvania prison at the age of 72.
We’re used to seeing Carell play roles in more comical films, such as Anchorman, Evan Almighty and 40 Year Old Virgin, although his more recent roles in Dan in Real Life and Crazy, Stupid, Love were a little more serious. Foxcatcher is a much darker film, though, so it will be very interesting to see how he adapts to fulfil the character of du Pont.
Foxcatcher is written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, who also wrote the script for Miller’s award-winning debut film, Capote.