“Foxcatcher” star Steve Carell is getting a lot of buzz at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival for his transformative performance as eccentric and ultimately violent millionaire John du Pont. Less talked about, however, is the physical transformation that co-stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo underwent to become real-life Olympic wrestlers Mark and David Schultz in the upcoming sports drama from “Moneyball” director Bennett Miller.
“My knees will never be the same,” Tatum revealed at a panel discussion with the cast of “Foxcatcher” on Sept. 7. “My neck will never go back to its normal size. I think we [myself and Ruffalo] have the beginnings of starter kits for actual real cauliflower ear. And god knows the scars that are on my soul that Bennett has given me!”
All three leads (Tatum, Carell, and Ruffalo) described making the dark movie as a mentally and physically demanding task. Carell compared the whole process to playing multiple games of multi-level chess with himself