The movie Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, is based on a true story. That’s about all I knew — well, that and Carrell wears a prosthetic nose.
And we all know a fake schnoz can land you an Oscar. Just ask Nicole Kidman.
After seeing the film, I’m glad I was so uninformed. This telling of Olympic wrestler Mike Schultz’s relationship with his sponsor, millionaire John du Pont, is so slow and deliberate that I might have lost patience if I had known how it was going to end.
But the performances — not the plot — are the reason to see this film. All three actors disappear into these characters who, with the exception of Ruffalo, struggle with varying shades of mental illness and mommy issues.
And when actors who usually take pratfalls raise their game to this level, you simply have to see it.
Fair warning — you may never look at Michael Scott the same way again.