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Channing Tatum to Play Olympic Gold Medalist/UFC Fighter Mark Schultz in ‘Foxcatcher’


(Oh yeah. The resemblance is just…uncanny.)

In 1984, freestyle wrestling legend Mark Schultz won a gold medal in the 82kg division at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. His older brother Dave Schultz also won freestyle wrestling gold that year, in the weight-class directly below his (74kg).

Twelve years later, Dave was shot dead by millionaire philanthropist — and stone-cold crazy-dude — John duPont, who had turned his family’s sprawling estate in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, into a training camp for amateur wrestlers. (duPont was later convicted of third-degree murder.) At the time of the shooting, Dave was coaching duPont’s “Team Foxcatcher” wrestling squad, and preparing for another Olympic bid.

Four months after his brother’s death, in May 1996, Mark Schultz entered UFC 9 and defeated Gary Goodridge by TKO due to cut, after 12 minutes of combat. Mark never competed in MMA again.

That’s the basic story behind Foxcatcher, a movie slated for release later this year that is based on Mark’s biography and is already drawing absurdly-premature Oscar buzz. The film is directed by Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote) and its cast includes Mark Ruffalo as Dave Schultz, Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz, and eccentric millionaire Steve Carell as eccentric millionaire John duPont.

The exact release date hasn’t been locked down yet, but it sounds like a hell of a story, and we figured we’d pass along a piece of vaguely MMA-related Hollywood news that doesn’t involve Gina or Ronda. All we can say is that C-Tates + six months of sprawl training sounds like a deadly combination.

Comments

  1. Xanderschultz Says:

    Wed, 02/27/13 - 11:02


    Thanks for posting this Tater staff. This movie is about my dad and uncle. I visited the set a couple times (including the day they shot the UFC fight. Im an obnoxiously out of shape "fighter" in the background). These guys went to great lengths to make it accurate. Bennett is a genius. Should be good.
  2. Xanderschultz Says:

    Wed, 02/27/13 - 11:03


    And Chan is an unbelievable athlete. Wrestling scenes shouldn't disappoint
  3. bgoldstein Says:

    Wed, 02/27/13 - 11:07


    @Xander: Cool, glad to hear it!
  4. teep Says:

    Wed, 02/27/13 - 11:11


    Channing resembles Dave alot. Seems like the perfect choice. He just needs to bulk up and shave his head. I wonder how they will do the cauliflower ear?
  5. Xanderschultz Says:

    Wed, 02/27/13 - 11:32


    @ teep Chan plays Mark, and actually looks a lot like him. They put stuff in his jaw to jut it out a bit and stuff in his nose to widen it. Ruff played Dave, and had to sport an unfortunate haircut to pull it off. Heres a good pic of both: http://cdn03.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/tatum-ruffalo/channing-tatum-foxcatcher-set-with-mark-ruffalo-30.jpg
  6. Xanderschultz Says:

    Wed, 02/27/13 - 11:33


    of course cauliflower ear was done as well.
  7. ArmFarmer Says:

    Wed, 02/27/13 - 11:33


    In comparison to the other effects the industry pulls off I doubt a slightly deformed ear is going to give them any trouble...
  8. Goog Says:

    Wed, 02/27/13 - 11:35


    Jason Statham looks like a better choice.
  9. Mr_Misanthropy Says:

    Wed, 02/27/13 - 01:47


    My dream is to someday be an eccentric millionaire. Right now I am just "eccentric".
  10. Alan K Says:

    Wed, 02/27/13 - 03:19


    Steve Carrell is gonna kill The Hulk? That sucks.
  11. StandNBang Says:

    Wed, 02/27/13 - 03:48


    Who will play goodridge ?
  12. bgoldstein Says:

    Wed, 02/27/13 - 07:06


    @StandNBang: Community's Donald Glover.
  13. kentmurr410 Says:

    Wed, 02/27/13 - 09:20


    Punch him in the ear!
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    [...] We’ve already told you about Schultz’s backstory — his incredible success in freestyle wrestling, his gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and the murder of his older brother Dave Schultz, which forms the basis for the upcoming movie Foxcatcher. So how did Mark wind up in the cage that night in May 1996? [...]
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