FOXCATCHER Trailer: Channing Tatum Wants to Win a Gold Medal—And Maybe an Oscar

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Sony Pictures Classics has released an intense new Foxcatcher trailer for director Bennett Miller’s (Moneyball, Capote) highly anticipated drama.  The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their troubled relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).  While many expected—and got—a standout dramatic performance from Carell when the pic debuted at Cannes, a heavy amount of praise was also heaped on Tatum’s turn as an Olympic-focused wrestler.  Judging by the recent teaser poster and the focus of this fantastic new teaser trailer, Sony will be campaigning for Tatum in addition to Carell during this year’s sure-to-be-competitive awards race.  Though we only see glimpses of Tatum’s performance in this new trailer, it certainly looks to be unlike anything he’s done before.

Hit the jump to watch the new Foxcatcher trailer.  The film also stars Sienna MillerVanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall.  Foxcatcher opens in theaters on November 14th.

foxcatcher-poster-channing-tatumHere’s the official synopsis for Foxcatcher:

Based on true events, FOXCATCHER tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers.

When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave).

Flattered by the attention and entranced by du Pont’s majestic world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as a father figure and grows increasingly dependent on him for approval. Though initially supportive, du Pont’s mercurial personality turns and he begins to lure Mark into an unhealthy lifestyle that threatens to undermine his training. Soon du Pont’s erratic behavior and cruel psychological game-play begin to erode the athlete’s already shaky self-esteem. Meanwhile du Pont becomes fixated on Dave, who exudes the confidence both he and Mark lack, knowing that these are things even his money cannot buy. Fueled by du Pont’s increasing paranoia and alienation from the brothers, the trio is propelled towards a tragedy no one could have foreseen.

FOXCATCHER is a rich and moving story of brotherly love, misguided loyalty and the corruption and emotional bankruptcy that can accompany great power and wealth. As with Academy Award® nominee Bennett Miller’s previous feature films, CAPOTE and MONEYBALL, he explores large themes in society through his complex character portraits of real people.




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  • Julio Navas

    My most anticipated film this year. Sorry Gone Girl. Channing has improoved a lot as an actor.

  • BulletProof

    Can’t stand Channing, but like Mark. And….well Steve’s Performance looks incredible (in this quick shots from the trailer). Hopefulls he will be as good/scary as Robin Williams in one Hour Foto

    • ShpotSb

      You will like Channing after watching this, at Cannes everyone were impressed by his performance.

    • spongefist

      Channing is a legend. Both Jump Streets incredible. Enough said.

      • Strong Enough

        How old are you?

  • Tom.

    Wow. This looks brilliant.

  • Person

    Holy shit, the end of that trailer is prime Oscar bait. Really looking forward to this.

  • Person

    Holy shit, the end of that trailer is prime Oscar bait. Really looking forward to this.

    • Giovanni Luis Jiminez

      Why because he punched himself in the face and slammed his head into a mirror ? Thats unfortunate that we like to see that kind of stuff, it gets us excited and we say thats oscar worthy. Smh

      • Person

        I’m saying the Academy likes to see someone go outside their comfort zone and do things we don’t normally see in a performance. It’s not easy to slam your head into a mirror, especially if there’s really a wood panel behind it and not some soft pad for his head to strike against.

  • Walt

    Channing Tatum is a bad actor. They obviously dumbed down the role for him so his character wouldn’t have much emotional range. Just a stiff wrestler. It’s also obvious that Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo are carrying this film. If Channing even gets a Oscar nomination, then it has become obvious that the Academy doesn’t care anymore.

    • Matt

      Wow, you got that all from a 60 second trailer? I am impressed…

      • Walt

        There have been other trailers

      • I hate you Walt you bitch

        No there hasnt there was only the one trailer they released by accident months ago. Fucking troll

      • Bo

        I love your special name for this thread only…lol…but get a grip man. Every one is entitled to their opinion and it doesn’t have to be the same as yours. Does it? I mean, that rather childish if you believe that…isn’t it?

      • Scott Baiowulfgang Amadeus

        Voted up on name alone.

      • Walt

        I’m the fucking troll? Haha you are one sad dude, months ago there was a longer trailer but they took it down a day after. Also last time I checked I was relaying my opinion on the film while you are acting like a little girl who is acting like a troll. Pretty funny name too, I bet you it took you a couple of hours to come up with something that clever right?

    • Matt

      Now tell us how you really feel!

      • Walt

        Think about it! Have you seen 21 Jump Street or the sequel? Both funny films but the dude is such a bad actor he can’t keep a straight face

      • Person

        Bennett Miller got Jonah Hill an Oscar nod, he can probably do the same for his Jump Street co-star.

      • Walt

        I know what you mean, Jonah has shown growth in his acting. But we are talking about Channing Tatum, he is the cliched pretty boy that got a break due to his looks. He’s a bad actor and doesn’t deserve a nomination. Jonah, did. He doesn’t.

      • Person

        People back in the day used to think Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise were just pretty-boys.

      • i AN LEGEND

        When did Channing hurt you?

      • Spanky

        How about you do something crazy and wait until you see the entire movie before making such final judgement calls

        Many actors have done incredible break out performances that seemingly came out of no where when we were all assuming they were trash

        Mathew McConaughey fit the same cliched pretty boy criteria not so long ago!

      • laurie

        Channing with a good director is capable of giving a great performance and Foxcatcher is evidence of that, like Jonah did. Why is possible for one actor to improve but the other according to you, not? That`s what i called prejudice against an actor.

      • Walt

        If Leonardo Dicaprio can’t even get an Oscar but Jennifer Lawrence and this dude can get a nomination, then the Academy is just another teen choice awards.

      • Bo

        That’s the truth; and it’s been that way for a long time.

    • laurie

      No, Mark Schultz is like that in real life, Channing did an excellent job as Schultz, the critics in Cannes gave him great reviews, too.

      • Walt

        So he got lucky landing a role with no emotional range.

      • laurie

        But in the trailer you can see a diverse emotional range in Channing as Mark, from the optimistic olympic champion who just want to defend the honor of his country USA to the insecure depressed young man forced to tolerate the excentricities and tiranic behaviour of John Dupont as his coach..

    • Jon

      I wouldn’t say he’s bad. I would say he’s adequate to average. He’s never surprised me other than when he played funny well in the Jump Street movies. But sometimes it’s all about getting the right role, a role that is not only written well, but that plays to your strengths as an actor. Cuba Gooding Jr. for Jerry Maguire. Marissa Tomei for My Cousin Vinny. Halle Berry for Monster’s Ball. All average actors who landed outstanding roles. They still work but haven’t really garnered any other accolades. Barkhad Abdi won acclaim for Captain Phillips, but is broke and probably won’t act again, it was just the right role at the right time.

    • Django9000

      He must want that Oscar real bad. So bad he’s slamming his head into mirrors, repeatedly to prove … Something to us.

      • Bob

        Like maybe that is what the script calls for him to do.

      • Django9000

        Maybe the script was chosen (by his agent, as they often are) to exploit his dynamic range. Which in this case is an blank faced, intense scowling jock, who expresses emotions by (drumroll) smashing his head against mirrors. It ain’t Braveheart, but it’ll do. ;)

      • Bob

        The reviews are coming in fast and furious and are pretty much contrary to your tunnel visioned opinion (and I say that based on the fact your comments reflect early perceptions of his work and ignore the fact that many of his recent performances have been received more positively) it appears his performance may not only receive critical acclaim but might also yield some award recognition.

    • Maylay

      Agreed

    • Bo

      I don’t care about the trailers. I’m with you on this one. Just look at all the guys whining because you state the truth about Tatum. The hype on this film is influencing people. Good PR at work. Tatum is lightweight. I ain’t buyin’ any of this. Carell? Please, you’ve got to be kidding. He’s horrible and I bet you, dollar to donuts, he’s terrible in this. People fascinate me how they buy into all this kind of nonsense. Stick a big nose on this horrible actor and all of a sudden he’s Brando…lol…And to top it off I thought Moneyball was boring and shallow. Capote I liked. Good script, great actor, and about a very smart, interesting and eccentric character. So I ain’t buyin’ any of this PR hype. Seein’ is believin’ and I’ll see for myself…if I can generate enough energy and interest to go see this thing…lol…

      • Bob

        Why bother to see it. You’ve already made up your mind (I ain’t buying any of this). You will just see it to ditz it when it comes out. Don’t bother unless you can view it objectively.

    • R-blaze

      Holy shit!!! This guy has seen the film already!!

    • i AN LEGEND

      shut your mouth.

  • THXeleven37

    One of the best scripts I have ever read. Really looking forward to this film.

  • Bob

    Best trailer of the year by far. My god that was amazing. At first I was honestly meh with this movie. Now? In my top 3 most anticipated.

  • Austin Kemprowski

    The Channing hate is ridiculous. Maybe a few years ago you could make the argument he wasn’t a good actor (and he has never been terrible), but saying that today is ignoring the career turnaround he’s had. He’s had great performances in 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, Magic Mike, a smaller role in Side Effects, and if the praise from Cannes is to be believed, he’s incredible in this. And he just signed on for the next Coen brother’s movie; the man has talent.

  • Austin Kemprowski

    The Channing hate is ridiculous. Maybe a few years ago you could make the argument he wasn’t a good actor (and he has never been terrible), but saying that today is ignoring the career turnaround he’s had. He’s had great performances in 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, Magic Mike, a smaller role in Side Effects, and if the praise from Cannes is to be believed, he’s incredible in this. And he just signed on for the next Coen brother’s movie; the man has talent.

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