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See Steve Carell in this 'creepy' poster for 'Foxcatcher'

Despite playing the American version of the world’s worst boss on The Office for seven seasons, Steve Carell has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most affable and generous professionals in entertainment. It’s that perception that makes his portrayal of blue-blooded Olympic benefactor—and deranged murderer—John du Pont in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher so effectively unsettling, and it certainly contributed to the film’s ecstatic critical reception at May’s Cannes Film Festival. More than two months before Foxcatcher‘s Nov. 14 release date, Carell is already on the short list of contenders for a Best Actor Academy Award.

Perhaps Carell wasn’t the obvious choice to play du Pont, who was psychologically unraveling when he inexplicably gunned down an Olympic wrestler in 1996. But Miller, who memorably cast Jonah Hill in Moneyball, saw an advantage in playing with Carell‘s public persona. “That it’s not obvious was part of the reason why it was right,” Miller says, “because who we think [du Pont] is and who he turns out to be are very different things. I think some of the more obvious choices would have not worked, because right off the bat, you would put them in a category. But having spoken to Steve about the story and a little bit about life, it just felt like one of those opportunities that would permit him to reveal an aspect of himself and hitherto unrevealed talents that he had. It was an occasion to arise to for him. I remember feeling, ‘Well, if it could work with him, there really is nobody better suited to it.'” READ FULL STORY

'Foxcatcher': Channing Tatum and Steve Carell meet in new clip -- VIDEO

Steve Carell plays a murderer in the film Foxcatcher with the help of a prosthetic nose and lots of aging makeup. Lots

In a new clip from the film, which was supposed to be released in 2013 but was postponed, Carell’s John DuPont is shown meeting wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) for the very first time. Things are sure to turn dark after this meeting: Foxcatcher is based on the true story of John DuPont, who befriended brothers Mark and David (Mark Ruffalo) before killing David and later dying in prison.

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'Foxcatcher' pins down November release date

Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller’s drama about disturbed multimillionaire John du Pont and his ill-fated relationship with Olympic-wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, will open in theaters Nov. 14. The film, which originally was slated for a 2013 release, will premiere at next month’s Cannes Film Festival. READ FULL STORY

Sony Pictures Classics sets release date for Steve Carell and Channing Tatum pic 'Foxcatcher'

Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s highly anticipated Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum, will hit theaters on Dec. 20, Sony announced Thursday.

Foxcatcher tells true story of Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and his younger brother Mark (Channing Tatum), both Olympians, and their fraught and dangerous relationship with John du Pont (Steve Carell), a paranoid schizophrenic and heir to the du Pont fortunes. A late December release date positions the film in an ideal space for awards consideration. Miller’s previous narrative films, Moneyball and Capote, both received significant awards buzz. He even picked up a Best Director nod for Capote.

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