Tears of a Clown Blogathon- Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”

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I know, I know. I’m such a cliche. I picked the first thing Dell on Movies (Wendell, who kindly hosted this Blogathon for us to participate in) mentioned in his ‘Tears of a Clown’ post. But after years of seeing Steve Carell in goofy, silly roles, I was totally blown away by his unnerving performance in “Foxcatcher.” So, without further ado, I present my valid (if derivative) choice.






Eew, look at those teeth…

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Carell transforms himself into deeply disturbed millionaire John Du Pont in the 2014 docudrama, “Foxcatcher.” Steve Carell has played in a ton of comedies, including “The Office” (didn’t like,) “The 40-year-old Virgin” (didn’t watch,) and the “Despicable Me” movies (family favorites.) But nothing he’s done has come close to his work in “Foxcatcher,” a movie I went to see in the theater although I really wanted to watch something else that had recently stopped playing (“Big Eyes,” which later turned out to be awful.) “Foxcatcher” is a biopic in the best sense, because it makes you feel like you’re watching the events unfold. Carell undergoes heavy prosthetic as a rich, drug-addicted Schizophrenic and watched thousands of hours of the real man in order to adopt his inflections and mannerisms. It shows. He does a good job building dread by behaving in a way that’s not-quite-right throughout without being in-your-face about his disorder. Channing Tatum, as the up-and-coming wrestler Du Pont takes under his wing to become one of the greats, and Mark Ruffalo, as his brother, are outstanding too. The people in the theater during “Foxcatcher” were almost unnaturally quiet, as if scared to breathe. It’s definitely a movie I’ll remember for a long time.

5 thoughts on “Tears of a Clown Blogathon- Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher””

  1. Unnerving and “not quite right” are perfect ways to describe Carell’s performance. It’s outstanding work. So glad you could join in on this little party. Added you to my blog roll, if that’s okay. Thanks again!

    1. Of course it’s all right. I mostly review films and books, though. Not a lot of a lists lately, but I still hope you enjoy being on my little corner of the internet. God knows I need a little help on readers. 😛

  2. Carell is good here even though I found the movie distant and chilly. I liked it but had hoped for more, the incidents depicted happened within 15 miles of my home so I was well acquainted with the facts and the film seemed to look at everything from a remove. However all the acting including Carell was strong. I still preferred his work in Little Miss Sunshine, I thought it was more varied, but he is trying to expand his talents always a great thing to see.

    1. Sometimes it’s better to view events through a clinical lens (in cinema, though, not in life) that stoop to sappiness or sentimentality. Just watch Michael Haneke’s films- they are quiet and chilly and probably had a great influence on the “Foxcatcher” filmmaker. But I understand why you’d like the movie to have a more personal touch. Do you remember finding out about the shooting that occurred near your hometown? :/

      Steve Carell in “Little Miss Sunshine” is all right. I liked the movie and should really see it again some time. I actually thought his performance in “Foxcatcher” was better, but that’s opinions for you! 🙂

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