Channing Tatum was brought to tears as he received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of his new movie, Foxcatcher, in which he plays real-life Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz.
“He yearns to be taken seriously, so he really got into character,” an insider reveals, recounting a scary incident during which the actor proved his extreme devotion to nailing the part. “One day, Channing improvised crashing his forehead through a mirror. He sliced his head pretty bad, but that didn’t stop him. hen he punched himself in the head — it was the most insane thing I’ve ever seen an actor do!”
But the 34-year-old was convinced that the lumps and bruises were getting him closer to an Academy Award — and, indeed, Foxcatcher is already getting Oscar buzz. “By the end of the film, he was badly beaten up,” the tipster adds. “But once he finally came out of character, he said the pain will be worth it all if he wins an Oscar.”