The Golden Globe nominated FOXCATCHER – including Best Drama, Best Actor in a Drama (Steve Carell) and Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo) – opens in cinemas this Friday, 9th January, but UK audiences had their first chance to see, back in October 2014, the the dark and fascinating true story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multimillionaire and two champion wrestlers when the film had it’s UK Premiere at the London Film Festival.
Stars Steve Carell & Sienna Miller were in attendance on the red carpet to chat about the psychological thriller.
Based on true events, FOXCATCHER tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multimillionaire and two champion wrestlers.
When Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate to train a team for the 1988 Seoul Olympics Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo).
Flattered by the attention and entranced by du Pont’s majestic world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as a father figure and grows increasingly dependent on him for approval. Though initially supportive, du Pont’s mercurial personality turns and his erratic behaviour and cruel psychological game-play begin to erode the athlete’s already shaky self-esteem. Meanwhile du Pont becomes fixated on Dave, who exudes the confidence both he and Mark lack, knowing that these are things even his money cannot buy. Fuelled by du Pont’s increasing paranoia and alienation from the brothers, the trio is propelled towards a tragedy no one could have foreseen.
Directed by Academy Award® nominee Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) FOXCATCHER is a psychological thriller and a story of brotherly love, misguided loyalty and the corruption and emotional bankruptcy that can accompany great power and wealth.