Foxcatcher Wrestler Mark Schultz Rips Director Bennett Miller: “I Hate Everything That Scum Touches”

Mark Schultz and Bennett Miller
Mark Schultz, the real-life subject of Bennett Miller's drama Foxcatcher, slammed the director again in a New Year's Day Facebook update. David M. Benett/Getty Images

It's safe to say that Mark Schultz is not a fan of Foxcatcher. Schultz, the real-life subject of Bennett Miller's buzzed-about drama Foxcatcher, slammed the director again via Facebook on Thursday, Jan. 1.

"My story and my life are real," the Olympian, 54, wrote in an account attributed to him. "I am a real human being. While I may have tweeted out of anger, I in no way regret standing up for myself, nor do I regret calling out the only other man who has had decision making power concerning my image and legacy these past years."

In the gut-wrenching flick, Channing Tatum portrays the 1984 Olympic champion opposite Steve Carell as sinister oil tycoon John E. du Pont. Schultz has publicly showed support for Miller and the Foxcatcher cast and crew since it first premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in France last May, but he seems to have changed his tune.

Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher
Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz in Foxcatcher. Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures Classics

While the film has been lauded by critics, Schultz took to his Twitter over the holidays to point out several disparities between the book and its on-screen version.

In now-deleted tweets, Schultz allegedly attacked the director for such inaccuracies. "YOU CROSSED THE LINE MILLER. WE'RE DONE. YOU'RE CAREER IS OVER. YOU THINK I CAN'T DO IT. WATCH ME," Schultz tweeted as reported by The Huffington Post. "Everything I've ever said positive about the movie I take back. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it." Schultz added: "I HATE EVERYTHING THAT SCUM TOUCHES. EVERYTHING!!!"

Mark Schultz and Channing Tatum
Tatum posed with a happy-looking Schultz at the Foxcatcher party during the 67th Cannes Film Festival on in May 2014 in France. David M. Benett/Getty Images

Schultz reflected on his words Thursday, telling fans via Facebook: "I apologize for the harshness of my language, but I am firm in where I stand. I will gladly go to any lengths to protect and safeguard the integrity and truth of my story, my life, my character and my legacy. If that's not worth fighting over while I'm still alive, I don't know what is."

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