Carell impresses as 'Foxcatcher' debuts to rave reviews at Cannes Film Festival
Featuring a startlingly dramatic turn from Steve Carell, Bennett Miller's “Foxcatcher” premiered May 19 at the Cannes Film Festival to largely rave reviews.
“Foxcatcher,” which was shot in and around Sewickley in 2012, is based on the true story of Olympic gold-medalist wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum). To step out from the shadow of his brother and fellow Olympian, Dave (Mark Ruffalo), Schultz moves into a wealthy benefactor's Pennsylvania estate and training facility, Foxcatcher Farm. His relationship with millionaire John du Pont, whom Carell plays with a prosthetic nose and a creepy stillness, develops into a tragic psychological drama.
“It was so far outside of his comfort zone,” Miller says of Carell's performance. “I've never seen Steve do anything that would give any material evidence that he could do this. We just chatted, and I heard how he thought and was thinking about the character, and I had a vision for it working.”
The French Riviera festival is where many Academy Awards hopefuls debut, most recently exemplified by best-picture winner “The Artist,” which premiered there in 2011.
While this year's festival already has seen several films that could become award-season players, including Mike Leigh's “Mr. Turner,” “Foxcatcher” premiered with larger expectations — and generally met them. That reflects the fact that Miller's first two films, “Capote” and “Moneyball,” both received a bundle of Oscar nominations.
“The style of this film and my other films is not so much telling a story as observing a story,” Miller says.
Anticipation for “Foxcatcher” increased after its release was postponed from last year's awards season, so that Miller could spend more time finishing it. Sony Pictures Classics plans to release the film Nov. 14.
“Foxcatcher” boasts several fine performances. Tatum has never better combined his hulking physical presence with vulnerability. But Carell's non-comic turn is the most eye-catching.
“None of it felt like an acting exercise,” Carell says. “It was a different experience altogether, and I credit Bennett for that.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.