Steve Carell Plays Eccentric Wrestling Coach in 'Foxcatcher'

The funny man delivers an Oscar-worthy performance alongside Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.
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We all know Steve carell as one of the funniest leading men alive. But a brand new look in "Fox catcher," his look at John Dupont who made the olympic wrestlers his life mission. We see what his mother thinks about that. Mother, I am leading men. I am training them. I am teaching them. I am giving them a dream. And I am giving America hope. Hope? It doesn't matter. I'm glad you have your trophy, it can go in the trophy room. Not in the rose case. I don't like the sport of wrestling as you know. It's a low sport. And Steve carell joins us now. A little mother/son tension there. A little bit, yeah. And you are barely recognizable in that scene. Well, bill corso designed the makeup. And he's really an artist. He's great at it. This story, back from the '80s and '90s, John Dupont, wealthy heir to the Dupont fort fortune, taking these wrestlers under his wing. It was a dark turn. What drew you to the story? Working with Bennett miller. He directed "Moneyball" and "Capote," and he is particular about the things he's involved in. If he's in, I'm in. He said this role was outside of your comfort zone. For sure. I don't think I was on anybody's list for this kind of part. I wasn't campaigning for it. Apparently my agent submitted my name and gave him pause and thought about it. We met, and he offered me the part. And you said the chance to work with him is all I need. Huge. And I didn't know if I could do it, but the fact he thought I could, was enough. It was clear you could do it, and this story has so many different layers to it. I was struck by how much of the story is told without any dialogue at all and the looks and the glances. It's very spare. Very economical in the pauses. There's a sense that you get from the movie. And I think Bennett is really adept at that in particular. The new Yorker calls your nose the fourth main character in the film. Yes. And you know, you have some good company there. Our crack research team found out, did, you know, that there are actually three other Oscar winners who won with fake noses. Really? Can you name any of them? Robert de Niro, "Raging bull." Number one. Charlize Theron, did she have a fake nose? It was a woman. You're on to it. Nicole kidman. Two for two. Way back for the third. Olivia dehavelin. I don't know. Si a know Deberg rack. You're in excellent company. Fantastic. Ready to go back to comedy? Sure. Anything that's good. I just want to do things that are -- that are good, you know? This whet my appetite to do things that have depth. I don't want to get pretentious about it. But it's fun to be a part of a movie like this. It was just magnificent to watch. It was just an engrossing film. I hope a lot more good things come to you. Thanks. It opens in theaters this Friday, and fifth harmony comes

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