Mark Schultz, the former Olympic wrestler whose life ‘Foxcatcher’ is partly based on (Channing Tatum plays him), hasn’t been shy about sharing his feelings on the film. On Dec. 21, he wrote that ‘Foxcatcher’ “couldn’t have portrayed me more inaccurately if they tried;” on Wednesday he added that he hates the movie and its director:
“I hate Bennett Miller,” Schultz posted in all caps. “I hate everything that scum touches. Everything!!!”
As he explained in a Facebook post Wednesday morning, “the personalities and relationships between the characters in the film are primarily fiction and somewhat insulting.”
Schultz is referring to a scene that he believes suggests a sexual relationship between himself and his eccentric, troubled benefactor John du Pont, who is played by Steve Carrell. “I told Bennett Miller to cut that scene out and he said it was to give the audience the feeling that du Pont was encroaching on your privacy and personal space,” Schultz wrote on Facebook. “I wasn’t explicit so I didn’t have a problem with it.”
When he did begin to have a problem with it was after he read reviews that interpreted the scene as hinting at a sexual relationship between the two, which Schultz believes is “jeopardizing [his] legacy.”
Read Schultz’s deleted tweets below. Miller could not be reached for comment.