Mark Schultz, one of the leading characters in Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher, portrayed by Channing Tatum in the film, has gone a bit bananas on social media concerning how he’s portrayed in the film. His Facebook tirade exhibits a bit of homophobia, concerned with how some critics have interpreted his relationship with John du Pont (Steve Carell) in the film, as well as a clear frustration over how his brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo) was portrayed compared to himself.
Weird thing is to wonder what prompted this screed now? As you’ll see in the video below, Schultz was on hand at the Cannes Film Festival with Tatum, Carell, Ruffalo and Miller to the point he’s hugging Tatum, smiling and even holding Miller’s hand as a champion.
So how did that, lead to this:
[amz asin=”B00QK4ANEI” size=”small”]As far as I can tell, Schultz doesn’t have a problem with Miller, but with how critics are interpreting the film, which has led to issues with other portions of the film it sounds like he originally signed off on. But Schultz doesn’t see it that way as he took things even farther on Twitter.
These first tweets (via HitFix) have since been deleted…
The tweets that follow have not yet been deleted, but I decided to screen capture them anyway in case they were once cooler heads prevailed.
[amz asin=”0525955038″ size=”small”]Schultz points out on his Twitter account the release of his memoir, “Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother’s Murder, John du Pont’s Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold” citing it as “[t]he truth behind Foxcatcher”.
Looking through his timeline he clearly has taken issue with his portrayal in the film for some time, but it also all seems to have taken place after his book was published. In fact, as Foxcatcher made its way to Toronto he posted a tweet saying, “Next up…Toronto Film Festival to watch my story unfold at the hands of the world’s greatest director and 3 of the world’s greatest actors.”
Hmmmmmm, seems Schultzy has figured out the world of self-promotion and marketing and run with it.
UPDATE: Here’s an interview with Schultz in which he’s asked point blank, “Would you say the movie is very close to what actually happened?” To which he responds, “Yes, I would… The director is a genius. He is a master filmmaker. It’s like he was able to condense everything down and compress everything down, and he used fictional, narrative techniques to get to the heart and truth of the story.” [Thanks to gerberzy for the link]
UPDATE #2: Schultz has now said on Twitter he was coached on the answer I referenced in the above interview and that he must “support the movie until the Oscars” after which he’ll sit down for an interview with Katie Couric.