Foxcatcher: Real-Life Subject Mark Schultz Hates the Film

foxcatcher_6_carell_tatumIn a surprising rant on Twitter and Facebook, “Foxcatcher” subject Mark Schultz blasted the movie and director Bennett Miller on Wednesday, citing complaints with how he was portrayed in the wrestling movie and threatening to damage his career.

Bennett Miller called Pussy and Liar

Mark Schultz, a gold medal-winning Olympic wrestler, took to Twitter and Facebook to fact-check the script and rant about Miller and the film on Tuesday and Wednesday, calling the director a “punk,” “pussy” and “liar” and threatening his career.

Schultz had previously indicated his support for the film through various Twitter and Facebook posts, at one point changing his Facebook picture to a photo of him with Miller at the movie’s Cannes premiere.Channing Tatum plays Schultz in the movie, which has been nominated for Golden Globe, SAG and Critics’ Choice awards.


Schultz was particularly angered by critics’ references to an undercurrent of homosexuality in the film’s portrayal of his relationship with his coach, millionaire John du Pont, played by Steve Carell.

In his fact-checking rant on Facebook, Schultz emphasized he didn’t have a close relationship with du Pont and called any reference to a sexual connection “insulting” and “jeopardizing my legacy.”

Sickening and Insulting

“The personalities and relationships between the characters in the film are primarily fiction and somewhat insulting. Leaving the audience with a feeling that somehow there could have been a sexual relationship between duPont and I is a sickening and insulting lie,” Schultz wrote on Facebook.

“I told Bennett Miller to cut that scene out and he said it was to give the audience the feeling that duPont was encroaching on your privacy and personal space. I wasn’t explicit so I didn’t have a problem with it. Then after reading 3 or 4 reviews interpreting it sexually, and jeopardizing my legacy, they need to have a press conference to clear the air, or I will,” he wrote.

The backlash might come as a surprise to Tatum, who told The Hollywood Reporter in early December that Schultz helped him shape his portrayal of the wrestler.

“He was completely and utterly free and open with me, as far as I could tell,” Tatum said. “There was nothing that was off-limits. I could ask him any question.”

Representatives for Sony Pictures Classics, Miller and Tatum have not yet responded to The Hollywood Reporter‘s requests for comment.

The film took its title from the Philadelphia estate where du Pont set up a training camp that attracted wrestlers such as Schultz and his brother David, played by Mark Ruffalo.