Bradley Cooper has no plans to star as Lance Armstrong in an upcoming biopic. The Philadelphia native and “Silver Linings Playbook” star is squashing rumors that he’s set to play the role of the defrocked cyclist.
On Jan. 28 The Guardian reported that Cooper is on board for the upcoming J.J. Abrams flick, citing the actor’s recent BBC interview in which he described Armstrong as a “fascinating character.”
But at last night’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, Cooper laughed off the rumors, telling “Access Hollywood” he’s not in talks for the biopic.
"No," he said when asked about the reported casting news."Oh my God, that's so nuts! I was in Manchester, doing the BBC morning show... I had no idea what [the interviewer] was talking about," the actor said of the Lance line of questioning. "I didn't even know that J.J. has the rights, I had no idea."
Meanwhile, Cooper’s recent return to the Philadelphia area to film “Silver Linings Playbook” turned out to be a good career move. While his co-star Jennifer Lawrence won the SAG award for Best Lead Actress, Cooper is still in the running in the Best Actor category at the 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 24.