A production crew for the movie “Foxcatcher” is set up Thursday off Harmony Road just outside of Connoquenessing. Actor Channing Tatum was spotted in Pittsburgh and in Cranberry Township this week.
FORWARD TWP — People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive spent the week of that announcement on a sod farm in Butler County. Channing Tatum was spotted in Pittsburgh and Cranberry Township last week and earlier this fall as he and other actors film the movie, “Foxcatcher,” off Harmony Road just outside of Connoquenessing. The movie, which is being produced by Annapurna Pictures, Likely Story and Media Rights Capital, is based on the 1996 murder of Olympic wrestler David Schultz by heir to the DuPont fortune, John DuPont. The DuPont estate in Delaware County, where the murder took place, is called Foxcatcher Farm. In 1997, DuPont was found guilty of Schultz's murder. Because he was a paranoid schizophrenic, he was sentenced to Norristown State Hospital in Norristown, Pa. He spent time in at least four facilities, including one in Mercer County, and died in the State Correctional Institution of Laurel Highlands in Somerset County in December 2010. E-mails from the movie's publicist said the movie set in Forward Township was closed to the public, and that comments about the movie will be made when it is ready for distribution sometime next year. According to the IMBd Web site, Tatum portrays Mark Schultz, David Schultz's brother, in the movie, while Steve Carell — former star of television show, “The Office,” and movies, “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” “Bruce Almighty,” and “Get Smart” — plays DuPont. Mark Ruffalo is portraying David Schultz with Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall, Vanessa Redgrave and Tara Subkoff also starring in the movie. The production has a staging area at the intersection of Route 68, Spithaler School Road and Connoquenessing's Main Street. Parking for the movie crew has taken over the parking lot of the Connoquenessing United Methodist Church.
Filming has been taking place on the Norbert Garbisch property. Garbisch owns the Vic Nor Farms, a sod farm, in Connoquenessing. A woman at the business said Garbisch did not want to comment, calling the movie filming on his property a private matter. A long single-lane dirt drive with split-rail fence leads to a large home with pond and open fields. Filming last week was concentrated around the home. Filming wrapped at the site over the weekend. The Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau said it receives e-mail notices from the Pittsburgh Film Office about locations that movie makers are looking for in Western Pennsylvania. According to IMBd Web site, other movies filmed in Butler County include: ✓ “Night of the Living Dead,” 1968; ✓ “The Crazies,” 1973; ✓ “The Prince of Pennsylvania,” 1988; ✓ “Iron Maze,” 1991; ✓ “Kingpin,” 1996; ✓ “The Haunting Hour Volume One: Don't Think About It,” 2007; ✓ “Homecoming,” 2008; ✓ “Staunton Hill,” 2008; ✓ “The Road,” 2008.