Steve Carell had to go through quite a physical transformation to play John DuPont in the upcoming drama Foxcatcher, as you can see in the first photo. In a massive departure from his comedic roles, the actor portrays John DuPont, the heir to the DuPont chemical empire, who befriended Olympic wrestlers Mark (Channing Tatum) and David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) before killing David in 1996. Take a look at this photo, then read on to see what director Bennett Miller had to say about why he cast Steve Carell as a murderer.
"We just had our first test [screening], and not everybody recognized Steve. He is aged [for the film], and his face is changed, and his physicality changed. If I say I'm going to make a movie about a guy who's a schizophrenic murderer, there are probably a dozen actors who would immediately appear on anybody's casting list. And Steve would not be on any of those lists. And that's a good thing. Because it's unexpected... John DuPont was a character who nobody thought was capable of doing something as horrible as he did. And I did not want to cast somebody who would feel dangerous in that way. I had met Steve before, and there was something about him that really interested me. There's something guarded and a real intelligence going on behind his eyes. I love performances like Jerry Lewis in The King of Comedy, and Peter Sellers in everything, and working with Jonah Hill in Moneyball. Comedians are dark, but I think we tend to think of them along the lines of what they project. I just think there's a hell of a lot more to Steve than he tends to show."