Foxcatcher purports to tell the real life story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz, and the general outlook on the movie has been pretty positive so far. Unfortunately the most-talked about reaction has been a particularly negative one that came from Schultz, who harshly criticized Foxcatcher on Twitter. In a series of clearly angry tweets that have since been deleted, Schultz basically targeted Miller for what the wrestler believes is a gross misrepresentation of his life story. But judging by the apology real life Foxcatcher wrestler Mark Schultz posted on Facebook, he's given that aforementioned outburst some thought, and followed up with a more toned down, yet equally passionate explanation for his tweets.
My story and my life are real. 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. 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.
The fact that Schultz is apologetic for ranting instead of defending himself is totally understandable. It's clear that his first tweets were fueled by pure emotion, and now he's simply attempting to direct the focus towards his issues with the film in a more rational manner. While his apology feels genuine, it remains to be seen if people will accept what he has to say, especially considering the strong reactions to him openly slamming the film.
Reportedly, Schultz has publicly supported Foxcatcher in the wake of its May debut at the Cannes Film Festival, which makes his Twitter rant even more perplexing. There's no word on whether Miller and Schultz will agree to disagree, but hopefully Schultz can find peace in the fact that he has a book of his own that tells his story on his own terms.