It must be weird having a movie made about your life—especially if it’s being made about your life’s darkest corner. This is the case for gold medal-winning Olympic wrestler, Mark Schultz, who is depicted in the critically heralded drama Foxcatcher. On the plus side, he was played by former Sexiest Man Alive Channing Tatum. On the down side, Schultz feels director Bennett Miller wildly misrepresented him in the film. And he’s taken to social media to go on a truly epic rant.
On Facebook, Schultz broke down a series of discrepancies between his life and the movie’s version, the most petty of which may be “I never dyed my hair.” But his biggest issue is how his relationship with Du Pont was presented:
Shit got crazy when Schultz took to Twitter in a series of tweets that have largely been deleted, but are immortalized below thanks to The Hollywood Reporter:
In other deleted tweets, Schultz reportedly called Miller a “pussy”, “punk,” and “liar.”
Notably, Foxcatcher made its world premiere last May at the Cannes Film Festival, where Schultz promoted it alongside its stars. And if you look over his facebook page, you can see he has proudly been promoting Foxcatcher for months. So why the turn?
The cynical might suggest that this is a promotional ploy to stir up controversy. But debates about how true-to-life docudramas are rarely help a movie in the Oscar race. Instead, THR posits Schultz’s problem with the film emerged as he read reviews that suggested there was a sexual nature between his onscreen character and Du Pont’s. On Facebook he wrote: “Leaving the audience with a feeling that somehow there could have been a sexual relationship between duPont and I is a sickening and insulting lie.” He also insists this element of the movie is “jeopardizing my legacy.”
To throw out the term “homophobia” over these statements is complicated by what Du Pont did to Schultz’s family. (spoilers ahead for a movie that’s been out for months and is based on a real and notorious event)I mean, Du Pont did murder Schultz’s beloved brother in cold blood. So, even if he isn’t homophobic, you could see why implying a romantic relationship with his brother’s killer would infuriate him. However his choice of the words “sexual” and “sickening” don’t help his cause there.
After his posts started spreading, Schultz had a half-hearted change of heart, offering this sort-of apology:
But for all the beef Schultz has with the film’s director, he loves Channing Tatum, and is totally #TeamTatum for the Best Actor Oscar.
I love Foxcatcher is about me, stars @channingtatum and immortalized Dave. I hate the way I'm portrayed. Read Foxcatcher the book for truth— Mark Schultz (@MarkSchultzy) December 29, 2014