After the film, a writer for Variety introduced director Miller who honestly didn't seem like he wanted to be there and what ensued was one of the most awkward Q&A's I've ever attended.
- Miller seemed very uninterested in the moderator's questions and immediately wanted to hear from the audience instead. Some not very good and long winded queries followed.
- Offered Tatum the role 7-8 years ago after seeing him in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and wanted a true unknown in the role. Cut to today and Tatum is a superstar.
- Talked to the du Pont family lawyer who was neither overly forthcoming or obstructive.
- Mark Ruffalo was an accomplished wrestler in his youth and had a real bond with Dave's widow to give his performance honesty. Many people who knew Dave did double takes when Ruffalo was in costume and character.
- Steve Carrell was not on Miller's list, name submitted through agent. The two met where Carrell explained that all characters he played had a mushy center and du Pont seemed to be the same but with the capacity for more.
- On the homosexual rumors and not openly addressing them in the film, Miller said many of the wrestlers who trained at Team Foxcatcher had heard about du Pont grabbing in the bathing suit area but none of them had actually ever experienced it.
- Miller felt his perception of the du Pont character was a man who made himself out to be something he could never live up to as a coach, mentor, athlete, etc and more or less a repressed individual that built up steam and resentment over the decades.
- Tatum's breakdown scene was done in one shot with the actor keeping to himself before shooting and being very lucky he didn't injure himself.
- Miller did a smart thing and thanked the audience for being there and was happy to see a packed house.
While Foxcatcher will probably catch some awards heat for acting, I can't see it being celebrated for it's narrative or story telling technique. I'm putting Foxcatcher after fellow award hopefuls Birdman and Interstellar and way behind Miller's previous, fantastic work, Moneyball. The unanswered questions and unsatisfying explanations did lead me to do some research on my own though where details left out or compressed for runtime elaborated the unfortunate and sad circumstances of the lives portrayed.