Foxcatcher script
Foxcatcher (2014)
Synopsis: When wealthy John du Pont (Steve Carell) invites Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) to move to his estate and help form a wrestling team for the 1988 Olympics, Mark sees a way to step out of the shadow of his charismatic brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). However, du Pont begins to lead Mark down a dark road, causing the athlete's self-esteem to slip. Meanwhile, du Pont becomes fixated on bringing Dave into the fold, eventually propelling all three toward an unforeseen tragedy.

Mark sits in his car, eating his sandwich - no enjoyment,

just fueling himself. His RADIO plays a commercial.

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INT. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN GYM - AFTERNOON

DAVE SCHULTZ (31, bearded, intelligent, 163 lbs., strong,

fierce, but calm), Head Coach of U of W wrestling, stands on

the wrestling mat speaking VERY QUIETLY with 3 or 4 select

WRESTLERS from the team. We can’t quite hear what Dave is

saying to them, but we can sense immediately the reverence

and deep respect they have for Dave - one of the country’s

top wrestlers and great coaches.

The scene gives off the feeling one might have watching a

horse whisperer with a small group of stallions. Whatever

he’s saying, they are calmed by him, pay absolute attention,

will do whatever he asks.

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INT. MARK’S APARTMENT - EVENING

A cheaply built 70s-era structure, where Mark inhabits two

small rooms with a cheap kitchenette built into the wall of

one of them. A particle-board BOOKCASE houses a little SHRINE

of Mark’s medals - and PHOTOS of him and Dave.

Mark retrieves his briefcase from inside the garbage bag and

extracts his GOLD MEDAL.

5.

He replaces it in the PLASTIC DISPLAY CASE on the top shelf,

next to the photo of him and Dave smiling with their gold

medals around their necks.

CUT TO:

INT. MARK’S APARTMENT - NIGHT

Mark dumps a package of TOP RAMEN NOODLES into boiling water.

And another package. And another.

CUT TO:

INT. MARK’S APARTMENT - NIGHT

Mark sits on his one metal FOLDING CHAIR, at his table,

eating his bowl of noodles. Moths tap against the window.

CUT TO:

INT. MARK’S APARTMENT/BEDROOM - LATER/NIGHT

Mark, in just boxer shorts, crosses off another day on his

wall calendar. 427 days to Seoul. He looks around, then drops

to the floor and starts a monstrous number of push-ups.

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E. Max Frye

Eric Max Frye is an American screenwriter and film director from Oregon. In 2015, he received an Academy Award nomination for co-writing, with Dan Futterman, the original screenplay for Foxcatcher. more…

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