“Foxcatcher,” the filmed-in-Pittsburgh movie starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, was the toughest film the “Magic Mike” and “White House Down” star has ever done.
Directed by Oscar nominee Bennett Miller (“Capote,” “Moneyball”), the movie is about John du Pont, great-great-grandson of E.I. du Pont, the industrialist who founded the chemical company.
In January 1996, he shot and killed David Schultz, a 1984 gold medal winner who came to live and train at the state-of-the-art Foxcatcher National Training Center that du Pont had built on his 800-acre property in Newtown Square, Pa.
Steve Carell plays the chemical fortune heir, Mark Ruffalo is the slain wrestler and Tatum is his brother and a champion wrestler in his own right.
In the July cover story of Vanity Fair, Tatum calls it “the hardest movie I’ve ever done, emotionally, physically. Mark Ruffalo and I cried after the last wrestling scene. We held each other and cried.”
Ruffalo told magazine writer Rich Cohen this about Tatum: “He has talent, real talent. Our first time together was in the wrestling room, stumbling and fumbling over each other, trying to learn how to be two Olympic wrestlers.
“He’s quite a bit bigger than me and he’s really strong. He’s an intense guy. Very physically intense. And he’s playing a character that’s a monster, has a violence at his core. So I took a real beating.”
“White House Down” (photo below) opens June 28.
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