Bradley Cooper said he wants to play disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in the upcoming movie about the athlete's life. E Online reported on Jan. 22 that Cooper told BBC News that he was interested after hearing that J.J. Abrams announced he was making the movie.
"I would be interested in [playing Armstrong]," Cooper said "I think he's fascinating. What a fascinating character. I remember Matt Damon was going to do his autobiography at one point years ago. I remember thinking, that would be a great character, I'd love to play that character"
Armstrong has crashed to earth since Matt Damon expressed interest in the project. Armstrong spent years denying that he ever used performance enhancing drugs, including the major trials that included Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Marion Jones. Last week, Armstrong finally came clean and admitted to using them all the way up until 2005.
Over his illustrious cycling career, Lance Armstrong won seven consecutive Tour de France races, but had all his awards stripped of him after his admission of guilt. Armstrong also won the Associated Press Male of the Year from 2002-2005 and the U.S. Olympic Committee SportsMan of the Year in 1999 and 2001-2003, although all those awards are blemished now as well.
The J.J. Abrams biopic will be based on Juliet Macur's upcoming book, "Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong."
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