Watch: Visit ‘Foxcatcher’ Farm with the Real John Du Pont

Watch: Visit 'Foxcatcher' Farm with the Real John Du Pont
Watch: Visit 'Foxcatcher' Farm with the Real John Du Pont

No one knows for sure why wealthy Olympic wrestling patron John Du Pont flew off the rails in the winter of1996, abruptly murdering wrestler David Schultz in the driveway of his 800-acre Pennsylvania estate. But director Bennett Miller does his best to unpack the many psychoanalytic layers of the incident, and of the menacing, quirky psyche of John Du Pont. In this “sizzle reel” of sorts, we get a sense of who this enigmatic man — celebrated for his legacies as an “ornithologist, philatelist, philanthropist” — really was. (He’s played by Steve Carell in the film.)

Here’s what videographer Dave Speace had to say: “I shot this video in 1988 for an awards banquet. Du Pont donated money to Crozier-Chester Hospital for their new trauma center. The hospital held a banquet in his honor where this video was shown! So if you are going to see the movie… Foxcatcher, you can learn a little about who he was…witness his strange and awkward demeanor…and no doubt compare this to how he is portrayed in the movie! Portions of this video were used by Inside Edition for the story they did in 1996 following the murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz.”

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