Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” took its time coming to the screen. Screenwriter and USC professor Howard Rodman (“Savage Grace”) grills the film’s two screenwriters, first E. Max Frye (“Something Wild”) who started writing the John DuPont murder mystery back in 2007, and then Dan Futterman (who wrote the Oscar-nominated script for Miller’s”Capote”) on the long road to the final “Foxcatcher,” whose stars Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo have been nabbing awards buzz.
Read here: my long interview with Miller and video interviews with him and the cast in Toronto.
“The people we felt primarily responsible to were the people who were hurt by what happened,” says Futterman. They feel well served, he says in the video below. “John DuPont had some mental health issues…We made an effort to find some root reasons for why he behaved the way he did…loneliness, a feeling of inadequacy.”
DuPont died several years ago in prison, so we will never know what he thought.