The bleak film is an adaptation of an autobiography written by Mark Schultz, portrayed by Channing Tatum, that chronicles the events surrounding the murder of his brother Dave Shultz (Mark Ruffalo) at the hands of an increasingly paranoid and delusional John Du Pont (Steve Carell). Mark and Dave were at the apex of the amateur wrestling world having won Olympic medals and World Championships in the same year, but were otherwise broke and struggling to keep their careers going.
John du Pont, an heir to the du Pont fortune, offered Mark to live and train on the du Pont estate at a state of the art training facility for the 1988 Seoul Olympics as part of his plan to “coach” or otherwise be associated with world class athletes to affirm or gain perceived respect from his friends and mother (Vanessa Redgrave). The film was directed by Bennett Miller whose most notable work includes Moneyball, 2011 and Capote, 2005 for which he received a Best Director nomination.
Miller has been working on making this project for several years. He commented that Carell was “way out of his comfort zone” in his portrayal of Du Pont as a paranoid schizophrenic heir to the Dupont fortune who inexplicably murders Dave Schultz in the presence of two witnesses. Carell described a meeting that he had with Bennett several years ago when the first discussed this project and that the “final product was exactly what