‘Foxcatcher’ Trailer: There Are Some Psychological Issues…
The summer movie season has come to a close. And, as much as we enjoyed films like 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy' we also welcome the new season. From September through December, we'll have the Awards Season, when the more prestigious, "awards-caliber" films hit theaters. The blockbuster season is great, but we may have endured too many sequels and reboots and are in need of a creative reboot of our own with films like 'Birdman', 'Gone Girl', 'Inherent Vice' and 'Foxcatcher'. The latter of that group has another new trailer and we couldn't be more excited to start seeing some of these movies.
Instead of one full-length 'Foxcatcher' trailer (which would traditionally run around 2:30), Sony Classics has been issuing one-minute teasers for the film. We've got another new teaser trailer today, which focuses on Steve Carell's role as John du Pont (you can watch the previous teaser, focusing more on Channing Tatum's character, below). It really is remarkable to see how Carell has not only changed his looks (those teeth, my god, those teeth), but also his cadence. With labored breathing and long pauses, it doesn't sound like Steve Carell at all.
Carell wasn't the only one getting Oscar buzz out of the film's premiere at Cannes. Many critics felt like this would be the role that got Tatum his first Oscar nomination and catapults him into a new level of stardom, as a respected actor, not just an action hero.
Here's a little bit more about the 'Foxcatcher' story, which is so complex, we won't even begin to try and summarize it ourselves:
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 and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz's bid for Gold and the chance to "coach" a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave).
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 he begins to lure Mark into an unhealthy lifestyle that threatens to undermine his training. Soon du Pont's erratic behavior 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. Fueled by du Pont's increasing paranoia and alienation from the brothers, the trio is propelled towards a tragedy no one could have foreseen.
'Foxcatcher' opens in theaters on November 14.