To accomplish his body transformation goals, Matthias Schoenaerts prepared for the role for two years, committing to eat a diet of thousands cans of tuna, hundreds of chicken breasts and plenty of oats, rice and pasta combined with exhaustive weight lifting training. Schoenaerts put on 60 pounds of muscle for the role and, despite it sounds boring as well as that Bullhead tells a story about Belgium’s illegal hormone trade, the mafia that moves the chemicals, and the beef farmed from the animals injected with those chemicals, may sound a tad ridiculous, it is not.
On the contrary, it’s an engaging, intelligent and powerful film that sticks with you; Jacky (Schoenaerts) is a complicated character who communicates much of his emotional state non-verbally. The storytelling method is smart, it’s not linear, with simple yet brilliant storytelling. Newcomer Michael Roskam also manages to get great performances from his child actors.
Roskam’s first feature film, furthermore, picked up an Academy Award nominated for Best Foreign Language Film this year. Drafthouse Films will be opening the Oscar-nominated contender on February 17th, 2012 in New York, Los Angeles and Austin.
Below are the US trailer for Bullhead aka Rundskop along with the poster. Keep an eye out for this crime drama.