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‘Foxcatcher’ Interview with Director Bennett Miller

20 November 2014 5:26 PM, PST

“I think that we could all do with a healthy dose of disillusionment,” remarks director Bennett Miller while recently speaking in Chicago about his new film Foxcatcher. It’s a statement delivered with his zen garden-like tone (Mark Ruffalo’s words, not mine), and with truth concerning his dramatic pursuits as a storyteller. Foxcatcher, like his previous projects Capote and Moneyball, explores characters and systems that audiences may recognize, but with dramatic ambition then seeks to unravel it in a colder light.

A riveting true story about Olympic wrestling brothers Mark and David Schultz (Channing Tatum and Ruffalo, respectively) and the billionaire who wanted to own their glory (Steve Carell), Foxcatcher is an observational drama on the morose results of the American Dream, and the ideals that create selfish ambition. Miller is certainly aiming high with his material, and mostly achieves this desired prominence with the help of larger-than-life performances. »

- Nick Allen

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