Thursday, September 19, 2013
Reel People: Channing Tatum is Mark Schultz
Mark Schultz was born October 26, 1960. He had an older brother, Dave Schultz who was a little over 15 months older than him.
As a young child Mark was a child gymnast who won the Northern California all-around championship for his age group. He switched from gymnastics to wrestling when he was in high school, attending Palo Alto High School. As a senior in high school he didn't win any tournaments, but went on to win league, region, section and state.
He went on to UCLA, but then transferred to the University of Oklahoma, where he won three NCAA championships. His brother Dave also attended college in Oklahoma (both Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma University at different times).
In 1984 Mark and his brother Dave were both selected for the American Olympic team. During the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Mark won Olympic Gold in Men's Freestyle Wrestling (84 kg), his brother Dave won Olympic Gold in the same event in next lower weight class (74 kg).
Mark went on to win the 1985 and 1987 World Championships in Budapest and Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Mark retired in 1988.
On January 26, 1996 Mark's brother Dave was murdered by millionaire schizophrenic, and recent Wrestling enthusiast, John Eleuthère du Pont.
That same year Mark came out of retirmenet and successfully competed in mix martial arts in UFC 9: Motor City Madness. The Ultimate Fighter Championship was held on May 17, 1996 in which Mark Schultz won his fight, defeating Gary Goodridge. He was a coach at the time, at Brigham Young University. He went on to coach at a jujitsu studio, when he contracted a serious staph infection that almost cost him his arm. He later went onto work for a masonry company in Denver, Colorado.
The film Foxcatcher stars Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz, with Mark Ruffalo playing his brother David Schultz. Sienna Miller plays the part of Dave's wife.
Steve Carrel plays what could be a career-defining role as John du Pont. Anthony Michael Hall plays du Pont's assistant, and Vanessa Redgrave plays his mother Jean Liseter Austin.
Could Channing Tatum's star performance under the direction of successful director Bennett Miller lead to critical attention, maybe even an Oscar nomination or win for portraying this Real (Reel) Person?