One of the bigger celebrity trainwreck stories of the new year has been the confessional interview of Lance Armstrong admitting to Oprah Winfrey something we all pretty much suspected anyway – that he had used performance-enhancing drugs to help him secure his unprecedented number of wins at bicycling’s Tour de France.
Spinning out of that story, was a rumor last week that there was a biopic about Armstrong being developed by J J Abrams’ Bad Robot production company and that Ocar-nominated Bradley Cooper was going to be playing the disgraced athlete.
It turns out that the stories were half correct. Bad Robot did indeed option the rights the book proposal Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, from a New York Times sports writer. However, Cooper only stated that he would be interested in playing Armstrong in an interview with the BBC, unaware that there was even such a project in development.
Or as he said last night at the Screen ACtors Guild Awards to Access Hollywood – “Oh my god, that’s so nuts!”
See what he did there?
Cooper further clarified, “”I had no idea what [the BBC interviewer] was talking about. I didn’t even know that J.J. has the rights, I had no idea.”
So much for that, I guess. Except now everyone seems to think that Cooper would be good casting for the role. And that can’t be bad for Cooper can it?
Via Hollywood Reporter.