Based on a true story, FOXCATCHER examines the strange relationship between wealthy DuPont scion John Du Pont and Olympic gold medalists Dave Shultz. Foxcatcher is the real story behind the the Oscar-nominated film in which Steve Carrell played John du Pont, millionaire murderer.The documentary uses tons of never-before-seen home footage to tell the story of du Pont’s descent into madness that eventually resulted in the murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz, who was working and living on his Pennsylvania estate as part of “Team Foxcatcher,” a group of wrestlers that du Pont sponsored, trained with and attempted to befriend, in what come across as the sad actions of a very lonely man on the edge of insanity.
Perhaps that’s why they took some liberties with the movie, in which Channing Tatum, playing Dave Schultz’s brother Mark, is the driving force behind his residence at Foxcatcher. In reality, the two were never at the farm at the same time, with Mark spending only about a year on Team Foxcatcher and leaving before Dave’s arrival.
du Pont’s considerable-from-the-start insanity starts to escalate partly because of his abuse of cocaine but Dave remains du Pont’s main friend and ally, even convincing wrestling officials not to cut ties with him after he pulls a gun on a fellow wrestler.
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