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Born: August 16, 1962
Concord, Massachusetts, USA
John du Pont
Born: November 22, 1938
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: December 9, 2010, State Correctional Institution, Somerset, Pennsylvania, USA (natural causes)
Born: April 26, 1980
Cullman, Alabama, USA
Born: October 26, 1960
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, USA
Born: November 22, 1967
Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
Born: June 6, 1959
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, USA
Death: January 26, 1996, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA (murdered by John du Pont)
Born: December 28, 1981
New York City, New York, USA
Born: June 5, 1959
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Born: January 30, 1937
Greenwich, London, England, UK
Jean du Pont
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, USA
Death: August 9, 1988, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA
The real Mark Schultz says that when he wrestled there was little money in the sport. Even those at the top often struggled financially, as there was little or no help from USA Wrestling. "That's why I went to Foxcatcher," says Mark. John du Pont was actually paying people to wrestle (No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman). Prior to accepting John du Pont's invitation, Mark had been fired from his assistant coaching position at Stanford. He went to Foxcatcher Farm in 1986 and left in 1988, no longer able to take the stifling atmosphere created by the "entitled egomaniac" John du Pont (NY Post).
Unlike the movie, Mark doesn't credit du Pont as being his savior, just a strange man offering him a coaching job. He says that du Pont wanted him to be his assistant coach at Villanova University. "I didn't move to Pennsylvania to wrestle for Foxcatcher," says Mark. "I took an assistant coaching job at Villanova" (Mark Schultz Facebook Page). The movie instead finds Mark going to Foxcatcher after du Pont convinces him to be part of his plan for wrestling domination. In real life, du Pont had first contacted Mark's brother Dave, who in turn recommended Mark.
The Foxcatcher true story revealed that in 1988, following the death of his mother, Jean Liseter Austin du Pont (portrayed by Vanessa Redgrave in the movie), John changed the name from Liseter Hall Farm to Foxcatcher Farm. He did so as a tribute to his father, William du Pont, Jr., who had used the name Foxcatcher for his racing stable in the 1920s. Watch the 1988 John du Pont interview for a closer look at Foxcatcher Farm.
John du Pont's mother and father had originally received the land as a wedding gift from his maternal grandfather, William Liseter Austin, an executive of the Baldwin Locomotive Works. His paternal grandfather, William du Pont, had a replica of James Madison's Virginia house, Montpelier, built for them. -The Delaware County Daily Times
The real David Schultz and his family had lived on Millionaire John du Pont's Foxcatcher Farm in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania for about six years, from 1989 to early 1996. The movie changes the time frame to the 1980s, putting Dave and his brother Mark at Foxcatcher at the same time. Dave was recruited by du Pont to work as a wrestling coach and train as a member of a U.S. wrestling team that had its sights set on the 1996 Olympics. The journey ended on January 26, 1996 when John du Pont murdered David Schultz.
Even though it is only implied in the movie, Mark Schultz explains in his book that du Pont created a wrestling move called the "Foxcatcher Five," where one wrestler would grab another wrestler's testicles with five fingers. Du Pont, who had also provided the funds for Villanova University to build an athletic arena and start a wrestling program in 1986, was let go two years later after facing charges of sexual abuse and other indiscretions. The program was dropped. One of those charges came from another Villanova coach, who said that he was fired because he had refused du Pont's homosexual advances. -Philadelphia Daily News
No. At least one scene in the Foxcatcher movie suggests that a sexual relationship might have existed between Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and his eccentric benefactor John du Pont (Steve Carell). After discovering that some critics were indeed interpreting the scene this way, the real Mark Schultz slammed the movie and its director. "Leaving the audience with a feeling that somehow there could have been a sexual relationship between du Pont and I is a sickening and insulting lie," Mark Schultz said via a December 2014 Facebook post. "I told Bennett Miller to cut that scene out and he said it was to give the audience the feeling that du Pont was encroaching on your privacy and personal space. I wasn't explicit so I didn't have a problem with it. Then after reading 3 or 4 reviews interpreting it sexually, and jeopardizing my legacy, they need to have a press conference to clear the air, or I will."
Schultz did not hold back in making his feelings known about the director either, "I hate Bennett Miller," Schultz posted on Twitter in all caps. "I hate everything that scum touches. Everything!!!" -EW.com
"No. No," said director Bennett Miller during a Q&A session at the New York Film Festival. "There's nothing insidious. There's no real attempt to block or stop us. I did encounter a few du Ponts who were generous, but at no point did anybody overstep. I think we were very clearly within the boundaries of what we were legally entitled to do, and no."
John du Pont inherited his fortune, once estimated at approximately $200 million, from the family's chemical business. His great-great grandfather, E. I. du Pont, created a gunpowder business in 1802. That evolved into one of the world's most successful chemical companies, which is credited with creating modern staples like nylon, rayon and Neoprene.
No. "I never dyed my hair," Mark said in a Facebook post.
Yes. According to the Foxcatcher true story, his tank was just one example of his somewhat odd behavior. He also sent wrestlers into his attics to look for ghosts, and he once used dynamite to destroy a den of fox cubs. -NY Daily News
Yes. In the movie, John du Pont (Steve Carell) convinces Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) to try cocaine while they are on a helicopter ride to a banquet where Schultz is to give a speech that praises du Pont. In real life, Mark Schultz claims that John du Pont initially had asked him where he could buy some cocaine. Schultz admits that they did do cocaine together on two or three occasions.
He also says that du Pont did make him speak at a banquet, but he tried to keep the focus on himself and not say anything good about du Pont (Foxcatcher Autobiography). "I never read any speech he gave me," Mark said in a Facebook post, pointing out one of the movie's inaccuracies.
No. "I never showed him any moves or taught him anything about wrestling," says Mark. "I never coached him in a wrestling match." -Mark Schultz Facebook Page
Yes. Mark took sixth place at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. "I quit wrestling after losing in the 1988 Olympics and left [Foxcatcher Farm]," Mark stated in a Facebook post.
Yes. John du Pont's own 1983 marriage dissolved after just 90 days when his wife realized that she was going to end up dead if she didn't leave. Du Pont had tried to stab and strangle her, push her into a fireplace, and shove her out of a moving car. Those who knew him realized that he could snap at any moment. Alcohol and drugs didn't help the matter and only fueled his delusions, which included believing that his horses were sending him messages from Mars. (NY Daily News). 1996 Olympic champion Kurt Angle, a friend and pupil of Dave Schultz, says the he and the other wrestlers at Foxcatcher should have better realized how dangerous John du Pont was, given his behavior and the fact that he carried a gun everywhere.
Yes. Nancy ran to the door and saw the third shot and David crawling toward the porch area of the house. The real Nancy Schultz even visited the Foxcatcher movie set to show her onscreen counterpart, actress Sienna Miller, exactly how the murder unfolded in front of the du Pont estate guesthouse. The Shultzes had called the guesthouse home for six years. The 911 call that Miller places in the movie was taken verbatim from Nancy's real-life 911 call (music was later layered over the scene, which shows an inaudible Miller screaming into the phone). Nancy's children were also present for their father's murder. Like in the movie, Nancy turned her husband over and cradled him in her arms as he passed away (NY Daily News). "I said, 'I love you,'" revealed Nancy, "and maybe he could carry those [words] with him." (1996 Dave Schultz NBC Olympic Tribute)
The movie falsely implies that Mark Schultz leaving Foxcatcher and ending his association with du Pont had something to do with du Pont's anger toward Mark's brother Dave. In reality, Mark had been gone from Foxcatcher for more than six years at the time of Dave's murder. 36-year-old Dave Schultz had been coaching other wrestlers at Foxcatcher, in addition to training for his final attempt at gold in the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. He, not Mark, was the closest thing John du Pont had to a friend. Du Pont grew upset when Schultz announced that he was leaving Foxcatcher after the Olympics to accept a coaching job at Stanford. -NY Daily News
"In 1996, I was the head coach at Brigham Young University," says Mark Schultz, "and I got a call from my dad. He said my brother had been murdered by du Pont, and it just infuriated me to just no end, and I think I destroyed everything in my office, and went home, turned on CNN, and watched the standoff between du Pont and the police surrounding his mansion." -No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman
Yes. Though it's not clear in the movie, the police turned off the boilers that heated the 44-room Foxcatcher Estate where du Pont had been hiding for two days (the amount of time is not specified in the movie). He had barricaded himself in the mansion's steel-lined library. They captured him when he came out to fix the boilers.
Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, who portray brothers Mark and Dave Schultz in the movie, were trained by former college wrestlers Jesse Jantzen (Harvard) and John Guira (Wisconsin). Guira had been one of Dave Schultz's closest friends. Actor Mark Ruffalo also befriended and trained with two-time Olympic gold medalist Bruce Baumgartner, one of Dave Schultz's teammates from the 1984 team. -Examiner.com
"You know, it's funny," says Mark Schultz, "when I saw Steve Carell dressed up as du Pont, I had to take a second look because it was so close to the way he actually looked, I thought he had been resurrected from the dead or something. ... Not only does he look like du Pont, he acts just like him too. He's got his mannerisms down. He's got his facial expressions down. It's really just incredible. All the actors did an incredible job, I thought." Watch a John du Pont interview to compare Steve Carell's performance to the real du Pont. -No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman
No. John du Pont's Foxcatcher Estate in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania no longer exists. It was torn down in 2013. The land where the estate stood is now part of the Liseter housing development (NBC 10 Philadelphia). For the exterior of the home seen in the movie, the filmmakers used Morven Park, an estate in Leesburg, Virginia. The interior scenes were shot at Wilpen Hall in Sewickley, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh.
Yes. The mirror had been covered with a plastic sheath to protect Tatum, "But he punched that thing with his head three times and shattered it," says director Bennett Miller, "and put his head through it and through the frame behind the mirror and through the drywall that the mirror was hanging on and left a divot two inches deep. When we took the mirror down, there was a hole in the wall. And he actually cut himself, and you see his blood in that scene." -The Hollywood Reporter
Yes. "I have a cameo in the movie," says Mark, "where I weigh Channing in as me. He has ninety minutes to lose twelve pounds the day before the '88 Olympic trials. I'm the official that weighs him in." -No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman
Further explore the Foxcatcher true story by watching a John du Pont documentary and compare the real John du Pont to the Steve Carell movie character. Also view a 1996 Olympic tribute to David Schultz, an interview with his wife Nancy Schultz, and highlights from his brother Mark Schultz's UFC 9 fight.
WATCHJohn du Pont Interview 1988
Watch an interview with the real John du
Pont. This documentary video was shot by
Dave Speace in 1988 for an awards banquet
to honor du Pont's donation to the
Crozier-Chester Hospital for their new
trauma center, the John E. du Pont Trauma
Center. Witness John du Pont's strange and
awkward demeanor and get a glimpse of life
on Foxcatcher Farm (then Liseter Farm),
including a look inside the estate and
WATCH1996 Dave Schultz Olympic Tribute
Bob Costas and Katie Couric present a
tribute to David Schultz during the 1996
Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Dave
Schultz's brother Mark, his father, and
his wife Nancy Schultz reflect on the
Olympic wrestling legend, calling him the
man with "10,000 best friends." Photos and
home movies of Dave are shown.
WATCHKurt Angle Interview on Dave Schultz Murder by John du Pont
1996 Olympic champion and former WWE star
Kurt Angle talks about the murder of
Olympic Gold Medalist Dave Schultz, who
was his good friend, mentor and trainer.
John du Pont shot Schultz on Foxcatcher
Farm in 1996. Kurt Angle says that he and
the other wrestlers at Foxcatcher should
have realized how dangerous John du Pont
was at the time and should have either
left or gotten him help.
WATCHMark Schultz UFC 9 Fight Highlights
Mark Schultz replaced Dave Beneteau when
word of mouth alerted officials to
Beneteau's broken hand the day before UFC
9 in Detroit, Michigan. Mark defeated Gary
Goodridge in a bout that was stopped after
twelve minutes due to a cut Gary had
sustained. This Mark Schultz UFC 9 video
chronicles his May 17, 1996 fight,
including the prior day's events that led
to Beneteau being considered ineligible.
WATCHNancy Schultz Foxcatcher Interview
Watch the Nancy Schultz interview from
The McGraw Show in her hometown
of St. Louis, Missouri. David Schultz's
widow talks about the events depicted in
the Foxcatcher movie and commends
the actors for their true-to-life
performances, commenting on how they
remained in character between takes, with
Steve Carell keeping his distance from the
rest of the cast.
WATCHFoxcatcher Teaser Trailer
Watch the Foxcatcher teaser
trailer for the movie starring Steve
Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.
Carell portrays John du Pont, the American
multimillionaire who was convicted of
murdering Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz
WATCHFoxcatcher Movie Trailer
Watch the Foxcatcher movie
trailer for the film starring Steve Carell
as millionaire heir John du Pont. Channing
Tatum and Mark Ruffalo portray Olympic
wrestlers and brothers Mark Schultz and
David Schultz, who were recruited by du
Pont to be part of his wrestling team.
Their relationship with du Pont ended in
tragedy on January 26, 1996.