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John Du Pont, the heir to the chemical fortune, is the subject of Bennett Miller’s 2014 thriller Foxcatcher. The film stars Steve Carell as the psychotic heir who became obsessed with the Schultz brothers, Olympic wrestlers, back in 1988, eventually killing one of them in a paranoid and jealous rage. Miller has been nominated for Best Director, and Carell for Best Actor.
The film paints a rather truthful and unsettling picture of Du Pont and his strange obsessive nature, his flamboyant spending, his drug use, and his ultimate murder. But what did the film leave out for dramatic purposes, or purposes of time? Here are a few things about the man that weren’t covered in the film, as well as the real version of an uncomfortable documentary featured in the movie.
1. Aside from bringing wrestlers to his Pennsylvania compound on Foxcatcher farms, John Du Pont also brought swimmers and “trained” them in probably the same absent fashion he “trained” the wrestlers.
2. After the passing of his mother, Du Pont’s mask of sanity began slipping even further. He often claimed to be the Dalai Lahma, or Jesus, or a spy for the CIA. His paranoia and confusion was what drove him to murder.
3. Despite being sent to prison Du Pont was still incredibly paranoid, and still hired private investigators to follow the wife of Dave Schultz and videotape his children.
FACT VS. FICTION
Foxcatcher is accurate in the mood and feeling surrounding John Du Pont and the Schultz brothers, but some things were condensed and switched around to make the film work. Here are some facts versus fiction in the film…
4. Mark and Dave Schultz never lived on the grounds of Foxcatcher like they did in the film. Mark left in 1988, and Dave didn’t arrive until 1989, staying there until 1996 when he was murdered.
5. Mark didn’t immediately move onto the grounds either. He simply trained with Du Pont for several months before finally relocating.
6. Mark never highlighted his hair like he did in the movie, and the hinted sexual relationship never occurred, according to Mark.
THE REAL VIDEO
In the film, Du Pont makes a documentary, shot by his own cronies to make him look like a great man in many regards. Anyone who has seen the movie knows it was all a sham. Here is the actual video starring the real Du Pont…