Foxcatcher tells the true story of John du Pont (Steve Carell), a wealthy philanthropist and supporter of amateur sport, who killed his close friend Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler, David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) on his Pennsylvania estate.
As you can imagine with such a disturbing, tragic and ultimately thrilling premise, the Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) movie is giving Channing Tatum the chance to receive some of the best reviews of his career thus far, for portraying Mark Schultz, Ruffalo's on-screen brother.
In fact, one Cannes review of the movie commented on Tatum's first really dark, brooding performance:
Playing a young man who doesn't have a clue how to articulate his feelings and suffers for it, Tatum is a smoldering, festering piece of emotional raw meat, able to be manipulated this way and that by his benefactor.
But apparently, Tatum wasn't who Miller always had in mind for the role. THR revealed, in fact, that:
Miller said that he also contemplated Ryan Gosling and Bill Nighy for the lead roles and spoke with Heath Ledger about the oft-delayed passion project.
So, Foxcatcher could have been a very different beast, had Miller not spotted Channing Tatum in A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints and decided that he wanted the actor on board.