First Look: Steve Carell Gets Gray Hair and a New Nose in 'Foxcatcher'
Sony Pictures Classics just recently picked up Foxcatcher, the new drama from Capote and Moneyball director Bennett Miller, and gave it a prime awards season release date of December 20th. Now we have our first still from the film featuring an aged Steve Carell as as John DuPont, the real-life chemical heir who befriended brothers Mark (Channing Tatum) and David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), a pair of Olympic wrestlers, before murdering the latter sibling in 1996. This first image give Carell an even more prominent nose than he was initially born with, and we're betting his performance will also get some Oscar attention.
Here's the first official photo from Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, directly from Entertainment Weekly:
Talking about Steve Carell's look and casting as John DuPont in the film, Bennett Miller stated:
"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. 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."
Foxcatcher is directed by Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) and written by Dan Futterman (Capote, "In Treatment") and E. Max Frye ("Band of Brothers"). The film tells the gripping, true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz & Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo) and their relationship with eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune, that led to murder. Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall also star in the film which Sony Pictures Classics releases in the heart of awards season on December 20th, just before Christmas. Well?