Steve Carell Is Nearly Unrecognizable in First Image from Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER

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The first image from Capote and Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s upcoming real-life drama Foxcatcher has been released online.  The film, which chronicles the complicated (and eventually murderous) relationship between eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) and Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark and Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo), just recently secured a December 20th release date, ensuring that Foxcatcher will be a serious contender in the upcoming awards season.  I’m a massive fan of Miller’s, so this one has been on my “must-see” list for a while; I’m really eager to see Carell’s take on what’s sure to be a meaty and difficult role.  He sure looks different, as Carell has clearly undergone a complete physical transformation (including a prosthetic nose) to portray du Pont.

Hit the jump to get a look at the first image and to see what Miller had to say about Carell’s casting.  A debut trailer should be landing in the coming weeks.  Foxcatcher also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall and will open in theaters on December 20th.

On the unlikely casting of Carell as the film’s lead, Miller told EW that he was looking for a very specific take on the character:

“We just had our first test [screening], and not everybody recognized Steve. He is aged [for the film], and his face is changed, and his physicality changed,” says Miller, who explains that the unlikely casting of Carell as a killer is an important part of making the character feel authentic. “If I say I’m going to make a movie about a guy who’s a schizophrenic murderer, there are probably a dozen actors who would immediately appear on anybody’s casting list. And Steve would not be on any of those lists. And that’s a good thing. Because it’s unexpected… John DuPont was a character who nobody thought was capable of doing something as horrible as he did. And I did not want to cast somebody who would feel dangerous in that way.”

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  • Jeff Rittenour

    that looks like his own nose

    • Uhmm

      No.

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      Steve Carrell has a large nose, but it does not look like that at all. Just look up some images. Maybe you meant that you can’t tell it’s a prosthetic. That I can agree with.

  • NICK НΛRT

    he looks like mark strong

    • Pk

      He looks like rob de Niro

      • Alex Hajna

        He looks like a Mark Strong/Ben Stiller/Robert DeNiro love child.

    • Dude!

      No he looks like Ben Stiller.

  • Tom

    “Moneyball” was so great. Hope Bennett Miller’s new project will be as good as his previous work.

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  • Nathaniel Haywood

    I don’t know that I’d say unrecognizable. I was skimming Collider and before I saw the headline, I saw the pic and thought, “Oh, something about Steve Carrell.” He looks a little different, to be sure, but it’s still him. The movie sounds interesting, though. Moneyball was great (just saw that the other day), so I’m looking forward to this.

  • pickaname

    They originally wanted Gary Oldman for Carrel’s role, I don ‘t know why that didn’t work out but the point is, just imagine the gravity of this role if they were gonna go with an actor like Gary Oldman. So this is sure to be a very interesting and incredibly perofrmance from Steve Carrell, to say the least.

    • pickaname

      *Incredibly different

  • Lex Walker

    Unrecognizable? You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

    • -

      This. He looks different, but it’s mainly the nose.

  • Andrew Butler

    Gave me some Godfather feels

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  • bidi

    looks pretty good to me. the only problem is Steve is too big. he needs to be scrawny

    http://cdn.abclocal.go.com/images/wpvi/cms_exf_2007/news/local/7834293_448x252.jpg

  • poppincherry

    another oscar wannabe.

  • ecnu

    Carell will be brilliant, wait and see. His dark side will come out in this role, making it all the more disturbing.

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