First Clip from Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo

     May 16, 2014


The first Foxcatcher clip has been released for director Bennett Miller’s (Moneyball) psychological drama.  The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).  After watching this clip, I am even more jealous of the people at Cannes who will get to see the film’s debut.  Carell looks like he’s absolutely disappeared into the role, and not just because of a vocal affectation or makeup, but because he comes off as sinister and creepy.

Hit the jump to watch the Foxcatcher clip.  The film also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael HallFoxcatcher will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and opens in theaters on November 14th.

Watch the Foxcatcher clip below, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies.

Here’s the official synopsis for Foxcatcher:

FOXCATCHER, a psychological drama directed by Academy Award® nominee Bennett Miller (MONEYBALL) and starring Golden Globe® winner Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Academy Award®nominee Mark Ruffalo, Academy Award® winner Vanessa Redgrave and Sienna Miller, will have its World Premiere on Friday, November 8 as the Opening Weekend Gala. The film was written by E. Max Frye and Academy Award® nominee Dan Futterman. FOXCATCHER tells the story of Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum), who sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave (Ruffalo) and a life of poverty when he is summoned by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont (Carell) to move onto his estate and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Desperate to gain the respect of his disapproving mother, du Pont begins “coaching” a world-class athletic team and, in the process, lures Mark into dangerous habits, breaks his confidence and drives him into a self-destructive spiral. Based on actual events, FOXCATCHER is a gripping and profoundly American story of fragile men who pinned their hopes for love and redemption on a desperate obsession for greatness that was to end in tragedy.


  • Polarboy

    Obviously you can only tell so much form a clip, but I find the idiosyncrasies that Carell has worked in to his performance a bit unnatural. Of course I may see the film as a whole, and change my mind entirely.

    • Michael Scott

      Yeah, there’s something ‘off’ about the performance (based solely on this clip, though). It’s as if his prosthetics impede him from being able to act. Of course that might’ve been the actor/director’s intention, but he doesn’t come across like a ‘natural’ creep.

    • utazdevl

      So it is not just me that feels like there is something “off” about Carell’s performance in this. I mean, just based on the clips and trailer, he seems like a caricature.

  • Tyler

    I love it when comedic actors do dramatic roles.

  • 2wents

    After reading the script, I really hope the director Bennett Miller will focus more on the brothers and their struggle. The brothers should be the heart of the movie, not du Pont. And I think Tatum did look like a wrestler.

  • Denty One

    As a huge Steve Carell fan, I am very attuned to the usual bag of subtle idiosyncrasies and facial tics he dips into for any given scene requirement, but all of those are absent here. He HAS disappeared into this character and it’s a little unsettling. I’ll definitely be seeing this one.