Steve Carell enjoyed the 'darkness' of Foxcatcher

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 January 2015
Steve Carell

Steve Carell

'Foxcatcher' star Steve Carell thinks his new movie is the "darkest" he's ever appeared in

Steve Carell regards 'Foxcatcher' as the "darkest" movie he's been involved with.

The 52-year-old actor - who is best known for his appearances in comedy films like 'Anchorman' and 'The 40 Year-Old Virgin' - plays philanthropist and wrestling enthusiast John du Pont in the biographical drama film and Carell admits he was "intrigued" by the role.

He explained: "I tend not to choose things based on how I think people will respond to them because that's short-sighted and counter-intuitive and your mind isn't focused on just doing good work; there's an ulterior motive.

"The Foxcatcher role wasn't strategic and I don't really have a career strategy because I think that works against just doing what's interesting. For the last couple of years I've sort of dabbled in things that aren't necessarily funny or light, and this is by far the darkest of all. But it was intriguing to me."

Carell also said he's not motivated exclusively by money and appreciates all of the success he's enjoyed though his career.

He told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "Money is great and money can be very helpful. I would rather have money than not have money but I don't think it defines me.

"It's a cliché but I don't think I'm necessarily happier having money than not having money. Some of my happiest times were when I was unemployed or working as a waiter and just getting by. But I don't think I'm a greedy person and I like to help other people. I've been very fortunate and I don't take it for granted."


  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Bennett Miller
  • Cast: Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo
  • UK release: 9 January 2015

Mark Schultz (Tatum) is a gold-medal-winning Olympic wrestler who exists in the shadow of his more successful older brother Dave (Ruffalo); then eccentric billionaire John du Pont (Carell) offers to become Mark's sponsor. Based on a true story, it's an ominous study of psychological torment, with career-best performances…

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