Foxcatcher’s Mark Shultz taps out on criticizing the film’s accuracy

This cinematic season has thrived on movies that are based on true events: The Theory of Everything. Selma. The Imitation Game. The list goes on.

As a result, film critics and other passionate moviegoers have scrutinized just how accurately these films have portrayed the featured plots and personalities. Michael Smerconish of SiriusXM POTUS is no exception.

Smerconish recently interviewed author Michael Mooney regarding how Chris Kyle was depicted in American Sniper. And this week, Mark Shultz, the two-time World and Olympic wrestling champion played by Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher, came on The Michael Smerconish Program to explain his take on seeing himself on the big screen.

Foxcatcher nabbed five Oscar noms, including one for Steve Carell‘s creepy John du Pont take and another for Bennett Miller’s directing. The story details Shultz’s relationship with du Pont, who invites him to train on his private wrestling team known as Team Foxcatcher. As Carell masterfully shows, du Pont is a grotesque character inside and out, and (spoiler alert) ends up responsible for the murder of Mark Shultz’s brother, Dave Shultz (Mark Ruffalo received an Oscar nod for this role as well). The real Mark Shultz told Smerconish about first meeting John du Pont in the flesh.

“When I first met him, he was the most repulsive person I had ever seen in my life. His head was caked with dandruff. His teeth were caked with food. His arms were like bird wings. His stomach looked like he swallowed a basketball. His leg had varicose veins on it,” Shultz said. “I was just like, ‘This guy has given in to the pleasures of the world. This is a spoiled rich kid that never grew up.'”

The real Mark Shultz has also released a book titled, Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother’s Murder, John du Pont’s Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold. Initially, Shultz took to Twitter to candidly criticize the film for being inaccurate in comparison to his own published work.

However, Shultz’s opinion of the film has definitely changed – at least on Twitter.

Smerconish pointed out the significant difference in Shultz’s opinion of Foxcatcher since its release. Shultz explained, “This has been a very difficult emotional process for me. Seeing my brother murdered in real life – I’ve had some pretty extreme emotions. But I’ve been a supporter of this film from the beginning, and I’m still a supporter. I hope they win all five Oscars that they’re nominated for.”

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