Carell stars as John du Pont, an heir to the du Pont family fortune who was convicted of murdering Dave Schultz, a wrestler du Pont was ostensibly training for the '96 Olympics. Mark Ruffalo plays Dave Schultz, and Channing Tatum co-stars as his brother Mark. It's a strange story about obsession and mental illness, and although the movie's release date got pushed back a year, we're more enthusiastic than ever to see this intense drama.
It seems like people are always surprised when Carell is cast in something that's not a comedy, but this trailer gives us a good idea why director Bennett Miller picked the "Office" star. Miller told "The Hollywood Reporter" that he cast Carell because of that very expectation. "I didn't want to hire an actor who you might presuppose was capable of murder because one thing that was repeated among many, many people who were there was that nobody believed du Pont was capable of doing what he did," he said. Miller also directed "Moneyball" with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in a role that snagged Hill his first Oscar nomination, so Miller's gut instincts seem pretty sound.
Our first look at Carell as du Pont was way back in August of 2013, and seeing him in action is even more impressive.
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