Mark Schultz, Foxcatcher Wrestler, SLAMS Movie and THREATENS Director: “I Hate Bennett Miller!”
Mark Schultz, the real-life wrestler portrayed by Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher, appears to have exploded at the movie’s director, Bennett Miller, taking to Twitter and Facebook to blast the film for allegedly twisting facts about his life and wrongly implying that he had a sexual relationship with John du Pont, the wealthy benefactor played by Steve Carell who subsidized Schultz’s training and ultimately shot his brother Dave dead.
The shocking rants come after Schultz publicly supported the movie during its production and release, even appearing with Miller and Tatum at the movie’s Cannes Film Festival premiere earlier this year (see photo).
It’s not clear what transpired to enrage Schultz in the months since, leading some to speculate that there may be other, unseen factors at play. In fact, until recent days, the unverified Twitter account linked to Schultz repeatedly praised Foxcatcher, retweeted promotional materials about it, and seemed to agree with a positive fan response.
But Schultz is now furious with Miller, calling him a “lying sack of sh*t” on social media and threatening to end his career over what Schultz sees as character assassination, specifically the movie’s seeming suggestion that there may have been a sexual component to his experience with du Pont. Here is what Schultz said on Facebook on Tuesday:
“I was already an Olympic and WORLD Champion before I met du Pont. The director took my 1985 World Title away in the film. I was not emotionally fragile as critics suggest. I didn’t move to Pennsylvania to wrestle for Foxcatcher. I took an assistant coaching job at Villanova. I never looked up to duPont as a mentor, leader, father figure. He was a lot dirtier the first time I met him and he was drunk. He told me he would have nothing to do with Villanova which was the only reason I went there.”
“du Pont was a repulsive sickening freak. I could barely stand looking at him. I never touched him except for a photo at the hall of fame and when I threw him in a headlock for a documentary. I never showed him any moves or taught him anything about wrestling. I never coached him in a wrestling match. I never read any speech he gave me. I never dyed my hair. Dave was my older brother, not a father-figure. After I won the NCAA’s and Dave took 2nd, Dave started asking me about technique and calling himself Mark Schultz’s brother. I was a 3x NCAA Champion. Dave won once. After 1986 I started beating Dave in practice consistently. I never worked out in the new wrestling complex duPont built in the film.”
“If du Pont ever slapped me I’d have knocked his head off. I never wrestled after Dave moved onto Foxcatcher Farms. I was doing Jiu-Jitsu at BYU. Dave was never a head coach anywhere. I was a Division I University Head Coach for 6 years. Dave was intelligent but no more than me. Just coz I wasn’t filling the silence with superfluous noise all the time doesn’t mean I was inarticulate. I earned a masters degree with a 3.6 gpa. I’m a corporate speaker and life coach. The movie doesn’t show hardly any of my victories. It focuses on only my losses.”
“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. 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. It 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.”
On Wednesday, Schultz added on Facebook: “Bennett Miller is a lying sack of sh*t.” He also tore into the director on Twitter, threatening to damage Miller’s career for the damage Schultz believes has been done to him with Foxcatcher. It began on Monday, when Schultz tweeted, “I love Foxcatcher is about me, stars @channingtatum and immortalized Dave. I hate the way I’m portrayed. Read Foxcatcher the book for truth… Foxcatcher’s scenes are mostly straight out of my book (except a few). But the relationships and personalities are complete fiction.”
But what began as Schultz’s apparent desire simply to have people buy his book in addition to watching the movie turned ugly. “Pretty lousy what the director did to my character huh?” he tweeted on Monday. Then, on Wednesday, he went ballistic:
“YOU CROSSED THE LINE MILLER. WE’RE DONE. YOU’RE CAREER IS OVER. YOU THINK I CAN’T DO IT. WATCH ME. YOU THINK I’M GOING TO SIT BACK AND WATCH YOU DESTROY MY NAME AND REPUTATION I SWEAT BLOOD FOR. YOU AINT’ SEEN NOTHING YET DUDE. I BUILT THIS HOUSE AND I’LL TEAR IT DOWN. YOU THINK I CAN’T TAKE YOU DOWN COZ UR A DIRECTOR. WATCH ME BENNETT… I CAN TOLERATE A LOT OF THINGS BUT I DON’T TOLERATE DISRESPECT. WE’RE DONE BENNETT. Everything I’ve ever said positive about the movie I take back. I hate it. i hate it. i hate it. I hate it. i hate it. i hate it. I hate it… I HATE BENNETT MILLER. I HATE EVERYTHING THAT SCUM TOUCHES. EVERYTHING!!! I HATE BENNETT MILLER.”
Wow. Sony Classics has not commented on Schultz’s shocking reversal. It should be noted that it has NOT been 100 percent confirmed that Schultz wrote the Facebook and Twitter rants himself, although it’s believed that both accounts belong to him. Gossip Cop will have updates.