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Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo reveal wrestling injuries from filming Foxcatcher

A multi-sport athlete in high school -- but not a wrestler -- Channing Tatum played a bare-knuckle street fighter in the movie "Fighting"
A multi-sport athlete in high school -- but not a wrestler -- Channing Tatum played a bare-knuckle street fighter in the movie "Fighting"
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Think that being a Hollywood leading man is all glamour? Actors Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, who portray wrestling legends Mark and Dave Schultz in the movie Foxcatcher, got more than their share of injuries filming the movie, according to multiple media reports from a journalists’ luncheon at the Cannes Film Festival Tuesday.

“I’m pretty sure I broke my hand in the movie in the training,” Tatum, who, despite being a multi-sport athlete in high school, never wrestled, but found himself facing off against actual amateur wrestlers in the filming of the movie, said in “Variety.” “You’re just throwing bodies around and you get caught in different angles.”

"We wrestled for about five or six months before,” Tatum, who plays Mark Schultz, told the "Belfast Telegraph." “I think Mark and I both have cauliflower ear as take-home presents from that, and bad knees."

Ruffalo, a former high school wrestler, added: "Our life became wrestling."

According to entertainment website, Tatum went through a two-hour transformation each morning to become Mark Schultz… complete with prosthetic cauliflower ears. However, the actor who was named “People” magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2012, said, in the course of filming the movie, that he and Ruffalo now, "have a little bit of cauliflower on our ears. We have the beginnings of nodules that will never go away."

After completion of the movie, Tatum gained new respect for the sport of wrestling.

"[In] wrestling, there’s sort of a saying that you have to be very comfortable being uncomfortable," Tatum told "Because everything is a struggle and a fight and if you’re getting choked you have to understand when, like, you’re gonna die, like literally you’re about to go out, or does this just suck? Does this just suck right now and are you gonna be able to live through this and be able to be in control of the pain and all that? And that’s what I think this movie is. Like everyone is just trying to deal and be comfortable, while being so unbelievably uncomfortable."

Tatum added, "Wrestling, it’s an intimate thing, even though it’s super violent. You have to be comfortable being basically naked and wrestling. It’s weird. From an outsider’s perspective it looks very homosexual. I’ve gotten that a lot. And I always say, 'Come on and try it out. You’ll see how non homosexual that is.' And I don’t know what that’s like, even. But I can’t imagine it’s very much like that. It’s too painful. It’s chess, but a violent chess."

Tatum, who has starred in action films – and played a streetfighter in the movie “Fighting” – incurred injuries while filming “Foxcatcher” which had nothing to do with wrestling. He suffered cuts on his forehead after filming a scene where the Mark Schultz character bangs his head repeatedly into a mirror. And, in another scene with Ruffalo, the actor who played Dave Schultz slapped Tatum so hard in the head, the former “Sexiest Man” suffered a ruptured eardrum which has since healed.

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