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Actor Steve Carrell has been known for his comedy appearances on TV and in movies. Fans may recognize him from the television show The Office or as the voice of evil mastermind turned father in Despicable Me. However, one of his most recent big screen appearances has been in the drama Foxcatcher, which is now available at the Port Library on DVD.
Foxcatcher tells the true story of 1988 Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (played by Chaning Tatum), Mark’s brother Dave (played by Mark Ruffalo) and his wealthy benefactor John du Pont (played by Steve Carrell). John du Pont invites Mark Schultz to move to his estate, called Foxcatcher, to train for the 1988 Olympics. John is not a completely sane man and has always sought the elusive approval of his peers and his condescending mother. Meanwhile Mark suffers from self-esteem problems. After the brother Dave visits and finds Mark involved in drugs and in no shape for competition, he moves his own family to Foxcatcher to monitor the situation and help coach. Dave has the self-confidence both John and Mark lack and an unhealthy relationship forms, with John constantly paranoid of the brothers’ relationship. Although Mark eventually loses at the Olympics, Dave decides to stay on at Foxcatcher and continue his own training as a wrestler. However, after the death of John’s mother, no one could have predicted what the unstable John du Pont would do with his dreams of peer respect and Olympic glory gone.
You can get the DVD reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”