Having gritted our teeth through the creepy, crazy trailer for "Foxcatcher" any number of times, it's already safe to say that this is the most serious, scary and tormented Channing Tatum has ever looked onscreen -- and that after just this teensy peek at his performance in the challenging role of wrestler Mark Schulz, it's easy to see why the film is being whispered about as the actor's first, best chance for Oscar nod.
But while Tatum will no doubt be thrilled if his movie comes out to critical acclaim and small gold statuettes, he's admitted that making it was anything but a good time.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the actor said that the bleakness of "Foxcatcher" took its toll on everyone involved.
"It was kind of depressing," Tatum said. "It was cold, we were away from our families, it was tough. These were dark people in a dark story to portray."
That dark story follows two brothers, Mark Schulz and David Schulz (Mark Ruffalo), who fell in with eccentric multi-millionaire and wrestling coach John Eleuthère du Pont, played in this film by a nearly unrecognizable Steve Carell. Without giving too much away, let's just say that things don't turn out well for anyone involved. And with such grim material to work with, Tatum said that the environment on set was so dreary that his pregnant wife couldn't even stand to visit.
"She was supposed to stay for a week, and after the third day she was like, 'I'm going to go home. This isn't any fun at all,' " he said.
Fortunately, the fun starts now: "Foxcatcher" hits theaters this week (November 15), riding a giant advance wave of awards buzz for all involved.