Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher is filled with over two hours of drama, and now that drama has leaked outside of the film, thanks to Olympic wrestling legend Mark Schultz. Channing Tatum plays Schultz in the film, but it’s not Tatum’s performance that has Mark flipping out on Twitter.
On New Year’s Eve, Schultz went completely nuts on his Twitter account, slamming the movie and the director Bennett Miller. You can check out some of his most interesting tweets in the screenshots down below…
And while some people wondered if Mark’s account had been hacked, it’s now clear that was not the case. Mark went on his public Facebook page yesterday to apologize for his harsh language in the tweets, but not for the message behind them.
“My story and my life are real. I am a real human being. While I may have tweeted out of anger, I in no way regret standing up for myself, nor do I regret calling out the only other man who has had decision making power concerning my image and legacy these past years. I apologize for the harshness of my language, but I am firm in where I stand. I will gladly go to any lengths to protect and safeguard the integrity and truth of my story, my life, my character and my legacy. If that’s not worth fighting over while I’m still alive, I don’t know what is.”
So, why is he so freakin’ angry? Because there was a scene in the film were Miller seemed to suggest a possible sexual realtionship between Schultz and his former coach John du Pont. He wrote that it was a “sickening and insulting lie” and claimed he told Miller to cut the scene.
“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. I 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.”
Before Foxcatcher was released, Schultz had only positive things to say about the film. It appears that he’s only angry now because of how some people are interpreting the scene in question.
What do we have to say about that?