Steve Carell Will Murder an Olympic Wrestler

September 30, 2011

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Free of the sitcom obligations that have for so long kept him from soiling his image with the blood of slain Olympic wrestlers, Steve Carell will at last fire a few shots into a gold medal grappler in Foxcatcher, the latest portmanteau project from Moneyball director Bennett Miller. In the film, Carell will play John du Pont, a member of the famed Du Pont family who used some of his vast, inherited fortune to build a wrestling training camp called Team Foxcatcher on his Pennsylvania estate. The facility managed to lure Olympic Gold Medalist wrestler Dave Schultz to the grounds, and that's where things get tragic, because it turns out John du Pont was a paranoid schizophrenic, and in January 1996, he fatally shot Schultz to death in front of the estate security chief and du Pont's wife. What a shitty wrestling camp that turned out to be. After the shooting, du Pont locked himself in his mansion for two days--negotiating on the phone as rich people are allowed to do for a couple days--before going to prison, where he died just last year at 72. No word on who could be playing Schultz, but after Get Smart, probably The Rock, right?

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