Move over, Michael Scott; there’s a new character in town. Steve Carell has stepped out of the office for a role in the upcoming film Foxcatcher.
Foxcatcher is the follow-up to Moneyball, which was directed by Bennett Miller and starred Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. In Miller’s newest project, Carell portrays John DuPont, an heir to a chemical fortune who befriends brother-wrestler Olympians Mark and David Schultz, played by Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, respectively. The friendship lasted just up until the point that DuPont murdered David in 1996.
In the photo, it’s hard to find Carell under all of those prosthetics. Well, that’s the point. “We just had our first test [screening], and not everybody recognized Steve. He is aged [for the movie], and his face is changed, and his physicality changed,” Miller explains, adding that the unbelievability of Carell as a killer is the main reason he was cast.
“If I say I’m going to make a movie about a guy who’s a schizophrenic murderer, there are probably a dozen actors who would immediately appear on anybody’s casting list. And Steve would not be on any of those lists. And that’s a good thing. Because it’s unexpected… John DuPont was a character who nobody thought was capable of doing something as horrible as he did. And I did not want to cast somebody who would feel dangerous in that way.”
Miller also ensures that there is much more to Carell than his past roles may indicate. Wait, you mean he doesn’t always bumble around talking about loud noises and lamps? “I had met Steve before, and there was something about him that really interested me. There’s something guarded and a real intelligence going on behind his eyes,” ponders Miller. “I love performances like Jerry Lewis in The King of Comedy, and Peter Sellers in everything, and working with Jonah [Hill] in Moneyball. Comedians are dark, but I think we tend to think of them along the lines of what they project. I just think there’s a hell of a lot more to Steve than he tends to show.”
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