Steve Carell is unrecognisable in first image from Foxcatcher

No really, that is him…

If his name wasn't in the headline, you probably wouldn't realise that the above image is actually of comedian Steve Carell.

Donning a faux-nose to play John DuPont, this is the first official image of Carell from Moneyball director Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher.

The story follows DuPont, the real-life murderer who befriended Olympic wrestling siblings Mark (Channing Tatum) and David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo). Which didn't exactly end well...

“We just had our first test [screening], and not everybody recognised Steve. He is aged [for the film], and his face is changed, and his physicality changed,” Miller told Entertainment Weekly.

Carell's casting, though, was pivotal in keeping audiences on their toes.

“If I say I’m going to make a movie about a guy who’s a schizophrenic murderer, there are probably a dozen actors who would immediately appear on anybody’s casting list," Miller goes on. "And Steve would not be on any of those lists.”

No kidding. Here's hoping he can successfully 'pull a Robin Williams' and go from funny to fiendish with suitably chilling results.

Foxcatcher opens in the UK on17 January 2014.

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    • BobTheSkull

      Aug 21st 2013, 10:09

      I think it was Joss Whedon that said great comedians make great actors, because the hardest thing to pull off well as an actor is comedy. And, to be fair, I kinda agree with him. I think Carell is going to add a very considerable notch to his talents with this one. Its the ones you don't expect....

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    • SiMan

      Aug 21st 2013, 11:35

      @BobTheSkull, I've always said that most big American comedy actors can actually perform really well in dramatic roles. Jim Carrey, Adam Sadler and even Robin Williams have all shown they actually do have the acting chops to do it. I always found it strange that UK comedians tend not to be able to replicate this though

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    • illkillyoulast

      Aug 21st 2013, 11:47

      carrell for lex luthor!!

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    • CharsmatcEngma

      Aug 21st 2013, 12:15

      Steve Carell is unrecognisable in the way that he is completely recognisable

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    • BobTheSkull

      Aug 21st 2013, 12:37

      @SiMan, agreed. Carrey in Eternal Sunshine and Williams in Dead Poets Society are two of my favourites. UK do seem to produce a different type of comedian/actor. I will say, however, that if Lee Evans gets a chance, he can be brilliant. Ever watch Freeze Frame? Great film (albeit a dodgy ending).

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 21st 2013, 17:04

      Man, that really is one big schnozzle.

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