Director: Bennett Miller
Writer: Dan Futterman/ E. Frye
Cinematography: Greig Freiser
The movies received 5 Oscar nominations and Bennet Miller won 'Best Director' in Cannes.
According to Channing Tatum, he and Mark Ruffalo spent an intensive five to six months training for wrestling, which took its toll on the actors. During one particularly physical take, Channing insisted to Ruffalo "to just slap the shit out of me and get it over with", which resulted in Channing's eardrum accidentally getting popped. The take is in the film.
In the mirror bashing scene, Channing Tatum broke the mirror, which was not in the script. He got so into his role, that it led him to act with such intensity. The cut to his forehead was genuine.
Steve Carell studied video footage of John du Pont for hours. He told reporters after the film's screening at the Cannes Film Festival that "I watched as much as I could, I read as much as I could about him, and tried to get semblance about the type of person he was." According to Bennett Miller, Carell's career as a comic actor hadn't suggested that he was right for the role, until he had lunch with the actor. Miller said upon Carell's casting, "I think all comedians are dark." Because the project took so many years to get off the ground, many actors were considered for the lead roles. Heath Ledger, Ryan Gosling, and Bill Nighy were strongly considered for the lead roles in the early stages of production.
Mark Ruffalo and the real John du Pont, share a birthday, November 22.
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