9 False Facts From Foxcatcher Source:

“Foxcatcher” calls itself a biographical true crime drama; however, many of the events in the film are actually fictitious. Mark Schultz, whose life is depicted in the film, has railed against director Bennett Miller for his portrayal of his character and the events that took place multiple times. If we’re to listen to him, it looks as though Bennett changed a number of details for dramatic effect. Since we’ve already seen the Hollywood version of what happened when the Schultz brothers went to work for the eccentric millionaire John du Pont, let’s take a look at what was fictionalized in “Foxcatcher.”


Mark Schultz didn’t immediately move to Foxcatcher Farm. First John du Pont offered him a job helping to coach a team at Villanova University, so Schultz took the job and moved into an apartment near campus. Du Pont later fired him from Villanova, but invited him to move to Foxcatcher estate. Source:


In the film, Mark Schultz and his brother Dave both live at millionaire John du Pont’s Foxcatcher Farm at the same time; however, in real life, this isn’t the case. Mark left Foxcatcher Farm in 1988 and his brother and his family arrived in 1989 and stayed until 1996 when he was murdered. Source: Pinterest


Some scenes in “Foxcatcher” suggest that there was a sexual element to John du Pont and Mark Schultz’s relationship; however, the real Mark Schultz has slammed the movie and the director for implying this. “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,” he said in a 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.” Source:


Mark Schultz never coached John du Pont in a wrestling match. “I never showed him any moves or taught him anything about wrestling,” Schultz said on his Facebook page. “I never coached him in a wrestling match.” Source:


In the movie, John du Pont gets Mark Schultz hooked on drugs; however, in real life, Schultz had already done drugs before he moved to Foxcatcher Farm. The two did drugs together a couple of times; however, it looks like du Pont was the one with the big problem. Schultz rarely saw his benefactor sober, which friends and associates confirmed to the press following Dave Schultz’s murder. Source:


While John du Pont and Mark Schultz are presented as having a close relationship in the movie, they two were not actually that close. According to Schultz, he got a bad feeling from his benefactor the moment they met. Their relationship grew increasingly contentious because du Pont was constantly interrupting Schultz’s training. Source:


John du Pont never fired a gun during practice; however, he did once burst into Mark Schultz’s apartment and threaten his girlfriend at the time with a gun. Schultz didn’t consider du Pont dangerous, so he was able to get between them. Source:


The reason that John du Pont invited Dave Schultz to come live at Foxcatcher Farm had nothing to do with Mark’s performance. Mark had moved on to a coaching position at BYU in Utah, so he asked his brother to coach the Foxcatcher team. Dave accepted and left his job in Wisconsin to work for du Pont. Source:


John du Pont wasn’t immediately arrested after the shooting. There was a two-day standoff with the police. He stayed inside his mansion with his many guns while the police surrounded his home. When he was arrested, he never gave any clear reason for killing Dave Schultz; however, during his trial a psychiatric witness was described him as a paranoid schizophrenic who believed that Schultz was part of an international conspiracy to kill him. Source:
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