Steve Carrell’s stunning transformation into obsessive wrestling coach and eccentric millionaire John du Pont is the highlight of the new trailer for “Foxcatcher.”
“Athletes need role models,” he says a few seconds before slapping Olympian Mark Schultz, played by Channing Tatum. “Like anyone they need people to look up to.”
“I want more than anything to win a gold medal and we have people who can do that, but there are psychological issues we need to take care of.”
The upcoming film which is based on a true story is set in the period leading up to the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. It depicts the harrowing, violent relationship between du Pont and Schulz. A previous trailer for the Bennett Miller film focused on Tatum’s intense portrayal of the Olympian.
But this latest look at the Sony Pictures Classics release — written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman and co-starring Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller and Vanessa Redgrave — is a character study of du Pont and his disturbing intensity. Carrell underwent a dramatic physical and emotional transformation for “Foxcatcher” and at times it’s hard to believe he’s the same man who played a good-natured buffoon for so many seasons on “The Office.”
“I am leading men,” he says. “I am training them. I am teaching them. I am giving them a dream. And I am giving America hope.”