Retired wrestler and 1984 Olympic gold medalist Mark Schultz is sorry he blew his stack on social media over the movie Foxcatcher which is based on his real-life story.
‘I’m sorry I said I hated it. I love it,’ Schultz has posted on Twitter.
Channing Tatum portrays Schultz in the film which also stars Oscar nominees Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo.
Schultz had been furious that the film suggested he might have had a sexual relationship with benefactor John du Pont (Carell). Ruffalo plays Schultz’s late brother Dave, also an Olympic medalist in wrestling who was shot to death by du Pont.
Schultz had previously lashed out at the film on social media: ‘Leaving the audience with a feeling that somehow there could have been a sexual relationship between duPont and I is a sickening and insulting lie.’
He said director Bennett Miller told him the scene was meant to give the audience the feeling that duPont was encroaching on his privacy and personal space.
Since it wasn’t explicit, Schultz had said he didn’t have a problem with it until reviews interpreted it sexually which was ‘jeopardizing my legacy.’
He now feels badly about the public rants against the movie which was nominated for five Oscars last week – including a directing nod for Miller.
‘I apologize to you before the world Bennett. I’m sorry,’ he tweeted. ‘I think the problem I had was the context of the movie. It’s what happened was so hard. My brother’s murder. My career ruined.’
He added: ‘I feel terrible about what I did to Bennett. I should have followed God, not man. Bennett Miller is the greatest director ever. 3rd time’s the charm. He’s due an oscar. Channing Tatum GOT ROBBED. HE WAS SO GOOD IT WAS UNREAL. I’m amazed he wasn’t nominated.’