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"Foxcatcher" Wrestler Mark Schultz Appears To Go On Tirade About The Film And Director Bennett Miller

"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." UPDATE: On Jan. 1, Schultz appeared to apologize for "the harshness of my language."

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On early Wednesday morning, a Twitter account attributed to former Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz, whose story is depicted in the feature film Foxcatcher, went on a lengthy, all-caps tirade about the movie, and its director, Bennett Miller.

YOU CROSSED THE LINE MILLER. WE'RE DONE. YOU'RE CAREER IS OVER. YOU THINK I CAN'T DO IT. WATCH ME.

Mark Schultz@MarkSchultzyFollow

YOU CROSSED THE LINE MILLER. WE'RE DONE. YOU'RE CAREER IS OVER. YOU THINK I CAN'T DO IT. WATCH ME.

4:25 AM - 31 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

YOU THINK I'M GOING TO SIT BACK AND WATCH YOU DESTROY MY NAME AND REPUTATION I SWEAT BLOOD FOR. YOU AINT' SEEN NOTHING YET DUDE.

Mark Schultz@MarkSchultzyFollow

YOU THINK I'M GOING TO SIT BACK AND WATCH YOU DESTROY MY NAME AND REPUTATION I SWEAT BLOOD FOR. YOU AINT' SEEN NOTHING YET DUDE.

4:29 AM - 31 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I BUILT THIS HOUSE AND I'LL TEAR IT DOWN. YOU THINK I CAN'T TAKE YOU DOWN COZ UR A DIRECTOR. WATCH ME BENNETT... http://t.co/wQSKgq9Pwz

Mark Schultz@MarkSchultzyFollow

I BUILT THIS HOUSE AND I'LL TEAR IT DOWN. YOU THINK I CAN'T TAKE YOU DOWN COZ UR A DIRECTOR. WATCH ME BENNETT... http://t.co/wQSKgq9Pwz

4:39 AM - 31 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I CAN TOLERATE A LOT OF THINGS BUT I DON'T TOLERATE DISRESPECT. WE'RE DONE BENNETT.

Mark Schultz@MarkSchultzyFollow

I CAN TOLERATE A LOT OF THINGS BUT I DON'T TOLERATE DISRESPECT. WE'RE DONE BENNETT.

4:48 AM - 31 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Everything I've ever said positive about the movie I take back. I hate it. i hate it. i hate it. I hate it. i hate it. i hate it. I hate it

Mark Schultz@MarkSchultzyFollow

Everything I've ever said positive about the movie I take back. I hate it. i hate it. i hate it. I hate it. i hate it. i hate it. I hate it

7:58 AM - 31 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I HATE EVERYTHING THAT SCUM TOUCHES. EVERYTHING!!!

Mark Schultz@MarkSchultzyFollow

I HATE EVERYTHING THAT SCUM TOUCHES. EVERYTHING!!!

7:59 AM - 31 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

On Tuesday, a post on a personal Facebook account credited to Mark Schultz listed a litany of perceived factual errors in the film.

Facebook: MarkSchultzy
The personalities and relationships between the characters in the film are primarily fiction and somewhat insulting. 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. I told Bennett Miller to cut that scene out and he said it was to give the audience the feeling that duPont was encroaching on your privacy and personal space. I wasn't explicit so I didn't have a problem with it. Then after reading 3 or 4 reviews interpreting it sexually, and jeopardizing my legacy, they need to have a press conference to clear the air, or I will.

In May, Schultz attended the world premiere for the film at the Cannes Film Festival in France with Miller (left), and Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Tatum (right).

He has since been giving interviews in support of the movie and his autobiography of the same title, which debuted four days after the film's Nov. 14 release.

The film does take some liberties with the story of how Schultz and his brother Dave (Ruffalo) came to work with John du Pont, the heir to the enormous du Pont family fortune who became obsessed with Olympic wrestling.

Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures Classics

Du Pont killed Dave Schultz in 1996, well after Mark Schultz had left du Pont's Foxcatcher estate.

Emails from BuzzFeed News to reps for Schultz, Miller, Tatum, and Sony Pictures Classics, and a phone call to Schultz, were not immediately returned for comment.

UPDATE: On Jan. 1, Schultz posted a link to a statement on his public Facebook page apologizing for "the harshness of my language," but stating that "I in no way regret standing up for myself."

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All of the Dec. 31 tweets from Schultz's Twitter account have also been deleted. (They remain cached by BuzzFeed News, and are still included in this story.)

This post has been updated to include the statement posted to Schultz's public Facebook page on Jan. 1.

Adam B. Vary is a senior film reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

Contact Adam B. Vary at adam.vary@buzzfeed.com.

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