Wrestler Mark Schultz Angered Over Homosexual Undertones in Foxcatcher [UPDATED]


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Wrestler Mark Schultz, the subject of Foxcatcher, which dramatizes the Newtown Square murder of his brother Dave, has taken to Facebook and Twitter to blast director Bennett Miller after film critics point out an undercurrent of homosexuality in the relationship between Schultz (played by Channing Tatum) and his coach John du Pont (Steve Carrell). On Facebook, he wrote:

The personalities and relationships between the characters in the film are primarily fiction and somewhat insulting. Leaving the audience with a feeling that somehow there could have been a sexual relationship between duPont and I is a sickening and insulting lie.

I told Bennett Miller to cut that scene out and he said it was to give the audience the feeling that duPont 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.

He got a little punchier on Twitter, posting messages like:

“YOU CROSSED THE LINE MILLER. WE’RE DONE. YOU’RE CAREER IS OVER. YOU THINK I CAN’T DO IT. WATCH ME.”

“YOU THINK I’M GOING TO SIT BACK AND WATCH YOU DESTROY MY NAME AND REPUTATION I SWEAT BLOOD FOR. YOU AINT’ SEEN NOTHING YET DUDE.”

“Everything I’ve ever said positive about the movie I take back. I hate it. i hate it. i hate it. I hate it. i hate it. i hate it. I hate it.”

And then a simple:

“I HATE BENNETT MILLER.”

The homosexuality part wasn’t the only thing that upset him, but it may have set him off to point out other inconsistencies in the film. He laid them all out in a Facebook post on December 30th:

https://www.facebook.com/MarkSchultzy/posts/10152526379206121?pnref=story

UPDATE: After his tirade against Bennett made the rounds on the web, Schultz returned to his Facebook page to post an apology:

“My story and my life are real. I am a real human being. While I may have tweeted out of anger, I in no way regret standing up for myself, nor do I regret calling out the only other man who has had decision making power concerning my image and legacy these past years,” Schultz wrote on his public Facebook page. “I apologize for the harshness of my language, but I am firm in where I stand. I will gladly go to any lengths to protect and safeguard the integrity and truth of my story, my life, my character and my legacy. If that’s not worth fighting over while I’m still alive, I don’t know what is.”

(h/t The Hollywood Reporter)