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.
Channing Tatum revealed recently that he is glad it took director Bennett Miller eight years to bring Foxcatcher to fruition, because he was not ready to tackle such a meaty project so early on in his career.
Miller began developing the psychological thriller back in 2006 and wanted C-Tates for the part of Mark Schultz, Ruffalo's on-screen brother. Tatum admits he almost said no to the part, because he wasn't in the right place mentally to get his head around the dark, brooding role. He said:
I didn't know what I was doing as an actor. I had just sort of started. I couldn't get past all the pain and the darkness of it, but thank God I didn't get it then, because I don't think I would have learned to understand it in the way I have now... It felt like a different journey to me [then]. I think I just needed to learn a lot as an actor.
But Tatum must've work real hard for that part, because early reviews are singing Channing's praises. In fact, one Cannes review of the movie commented on Tatum's first really serious 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.
Well, he's certainly come a long way from Step Up, that's for sure.
Are you looking forward to seeing Tatum do tragedy in Foxcatcher?