Accepting that Steve Carell may not be taking his usual comedic roles are frequently as he used to is something we need to start accepting. For a moment, we thought that The Way, Way Back in which he played the cheating jerk boyfriend was just a one time role. However, he’s back in his latest film The Foxcatcher and he’s not making us laugh again…
According to reports, Carell’s performance in his latest film has put him in the early conversation for an Academy Award. It’s world premiere was yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival has already revved up the Oscar engines even thought it’s only May. To Carell’s fortune, The Foxcatcher was pushed out of 2013 to allow director Bennett Miller time to finish (and avoid the box office hits that dominated the film year last year). The film despite being shown only yesterday is already being hailed as “an enormous film” and a “superb tragicomedy of the beta-male’.
The film is best on a true story that involves tragedy and murder between millionaire John E. du Pont who suffers from mental illness and end up killing gold-medal wrestler Dave Schulz (Mark Ruffalo). Channing Tatum plays Mark Schulz, a fellow wrestler and Ruffalo’s brother. The movie is shot through Tatum’s perspective. As for Carell, here’s what’s being said early about his performance:
Carell is the revelation that everyone has suggested in the role, and then some: vocally, physically and psychologically he is not just unrecognizable, he simply is a different man, and a man whose tragic flaw (cursed to wield great wealth and influence with no shred of greatness to justify it) is the entire story of this film. It’s seldom we’ve ever witnessed such a total erasure of self in a role, and it deserves to win him everything, everywhere.
Right now tabloids are blowing up saying that Carell is an Oscar lock and Tatum may be as well. However, it’s only May and time will tell if they maintain that sentiment.
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