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Watch: The Creepy Real-Life ‘Foxcatcher’ Documentary Starring John du Pont

When it comes to this year’s creepier awards contenders, Foxcatcher has to be near the top of the list. Bennett Miller’s film based on the real-life story of multimillionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) and his bizarre relationship with Olympic wrestlers — and brothers — Mark (Channing Tatum) and David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) plays out like a slow-burn thriller, featuring tremendous acting to go with a story that’ll body-slam your emotions by the time it all wraps up. 

What we learn about John du Pont throughout the film is that he’s a sociopath whose years of being trapped in his mother’s shadow slowly pick away at his sense of being, transforming him into a person who desires his own fame and success, but only knows one way to go about achieving it: money. Lots of money. 

At one point in the film, a documentary crew arrives at the Foxcatcher Farm to film du Pont in action. It’s this comically tragic moment because we watch du Pont as he pretends to be this all-knowing wrestling coach and mentor even though he doesn’t have an ounce of a clue. We know it and his “students” know it, but everyone just plays along because this is the guy who’s funding the entire operation.

A version of that documentary exists in real life (see above), created after du Pont donated enough money to a hospital that they dedicated a trauma center in his name. This particular documentary was filmed in 1988, the year Mark left Foxcatcher Farm. Dave would arrive there in 1989, and while the film shows the brothers living on the farm at the same time, that wasn’t the case in real life, according to HistoryvsHollywood.

To see how Carell played du Pont in the movie, check out the video below. Foxcatcher is currently in theaters.


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