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Bennett Miller sure has a way with actors. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker helped earn Philip Seymour Hoffman an Academy Award for “Capote.” “Moneyball” netted both Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt nominations for their work. He also drew a career redefining performance out of comedic actor Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher.” Carell’s revelatory turn as troubled millionaire philanthropist and convicted murderer John du Point earned the actor his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor and Miller a nomination for Best Director.
“From the moment Carell appears onscreen,” Indiewire’s Eric Kohn wrote in his review of “Foxcatcher,” “his performance transcends all of his previous attempts at dramatic material. His du Pont has a creepy, distant gaze and awkward cadences that make it immediately clear he’s not all there… Buried under layers of makeup and gray hair, Carell succeeds at distancing himself from any semblance of the comedic roles that established his career.”
Below the actor discusses his performance and collaboration with Miller.
“Mood on Set”
Editor’s Note: This feature was originally published on February 20, 2015.