In the video clip above, producer-director Bennett Miller talks with Deadline’s Pete Hammond about what attracted him to casting Steve Carell, known for his comic performances in The Office and a number of films, in the dramatic lead role in Foxcatcher as a wealthy eccentric who bankrolls an Olympic wrestling team.
The film also stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo as medal-winning wrestler brothers who are recruited to the Foxcatcher team, and the tragedy that results. Miller won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for his work. The film was also nominated for Cannes’ Palme d’Or, its top prize. The script is by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman. Besides Miller, producers were Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison and Jon Kilik.
Foxcatcher also was shown at the Toronto and Telluride film festivals, among quite a few others, before a November 14 limited release in New York and Los Angeles by Sony Pictures Classics. Foxcatcher has grossed about $2.8 million domestically so far, and remains in limited release. The clip was shot during Deadline’s recent Oscar showcase The Contenders.
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