Foster revealed last month that he had taken performance-enhancing drugs to get him in the correct mindset before making 'The Program'.
Ben Foster, the actor who is portraying the disgraced former world champion cyclist Lance Armstrong in the upcoming movie The Program, has revealed the alarming effects that performance-enhancing drugs have had on his body.
Speaking to the BBC’s ‘Newsbeat’, the 34 year old actor said that he took part in an entirely legal “programme which was supervised by a doctor” that took place before shooting commenced, because he wanted to “better understand why they took drugs”.
The Program is released on Wednesday October 14th in Britain, having been out in North America a month ago, and is an adaptation of a book called ‘Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong’ by journalist David Walsh (played by Chris O’Dowd in the movie). Foster was intent on getting as close to the mindset of a competitive cyclist as possible, but concluded that the drugs “definitely damaged” his body despite only being on them for a short time.
This biographical documentary about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong feels eerily gentle compared to filmmaker Alex Gibney's recent films, the WikiLeaks doc We Steal Secrets and the Catholic priest expose Mea Maxima Culpa. But then it was originally conceived as a celebration of Armstrong's comeback at the 2009 Tour de France, which is still at the heart of the film.
It was during this comeback that Armstrong's stellar image started to slip, with old rivalries and gurgling rumours surging to the surface. Gibney intercuts interviews he shot at the time with more recent chats, including a conversation immediately after Armstrong taped his notorious confessional interview with Oprah Winfrey. So we vividly see Armstrong's two-faced personality. Along the way, Gibney also traces the cyclist's remarkable rise to fame, his near death from cancer and the secret doping system he used to win the Tour de France seven times from 1999 to 2005. Armstrong's rationale is that everyone else was doing the same thing, so it was actually a level playing field.
Only of course it wasn't, because many cyclists remained clean and were edged out of the winning position as a result. Gibney also talks to a wide variety of experts, journalists and fellow riders who discuss the sport's culture of omerta (a mafia-style code of honour). From the news reports, we already know about the many years of deception, which is why society no longer holds professional athletes to such high, clean standards. It's clearly more about the money now than the human achievement. And there's so much cash to be made that competitors will break every rule there is if they think they'll get away with it.
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There are three films in the pipeline, telling the story of the doping cyclist.
Ben Foster will play the part of Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frear’s biopic, and he will be joined by Chris O’Dowd, who’ll play journalist David Walsh, who campaigned tirelessly to expose the biggest cheating scandal in the world of sport, Deadline report.
Ben Foster and Chris O'Dowd will both star in the untitled biopic
Foster, while bearing a resemblance to the disgraced cyclist, has seen his reputation grow of late with performances in Kill Your Darlings – alongside Daniel Radcliffe - and Lone Survivor, which also stars Mark Wahlberg. The Irish actor O’Dowd has become a household name stateside due to his performances in Bridesmaids and the popular sitcom, Girls.
"He lied to me. Straight to my face. All throughout 2009" - Gibney.
Lance Armstrong’s story is an implausible, unbelievable, incredible, but none of those adjectives would be applicable if the following wasn’t: it’s true. In The Armstrong Lie, Gibney admits to rooting for the shamed cyclist, before discovering – along with the rest of the world – that he’d been cheating.
Lance Armstrong tells his side in The Armstrong Lie
Famed for his insightful, thought-provoking documentaries that explore some of the biggest happenings in culture, sport, politics and crime – even though those spectrums often collide – the route that lead Gibney to his Armstrong piece wasn’t typical.
Lance Armstrong was probably one of the most inspirational sportsmen on the planet with seven Tour De France triumphs and an Olympic medal behind him; he even overcame a severe bout of cancer in 1996 and developed popular charity, the Livestrong Foundation. However, in 2013 he found himself stripped of all his prestigious titles and relieved of his cycling career after the US Anti-Doping Agency found solid proof that he had been taking performance enhancing drugs - a claim he admitted had been happening for a large part of his career. Filmmaker Alex Gibney had set out to work on a movie based on his return to cycling in 2008 following a three year retirement, but the project turned on its head when it was revealed Armstrong had been lying to him for two years, denying all doping claims.
Oscar winner Alex Gibney ('Taxi to the Dark Side', 'Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room', 'We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks') directs this extraordinary documentary detailing Lance Armstrong's immense fall from grace. The film was originally to be called 'The Road Back', but a major name change was needed when the project took a dramatic turn. 'The Armstrong Lie' will hit the US on November 8th 2013.
Warner Bros. is producing a biopic about the disgraced cyclist, with Cooper possibly heavily engaged.
Bradley Cooper is reportedly eyeing the producer spot on an upcoming Warner Bros. project – a biopic about Lance Armstrong. The race to be the first to tell the story of the seven-time Tour de France winner, whose admission to using steroids lead to his defamation and the stripping of his titles, is on. The movie has found a home at Warner Bros. in partnership with Atlas Entertainment and will be directed by Jay Roach, according to Deadline.
Cooper has been slated to produce and star in the flick.
Along with a possible producer’s credit, Cooper is reportedly in talks for one of the two major parts in the film – one being that of Armstrong himself and the other - Tyler Hamilton, the former Armstrong teammate who was part of Armstrong’s inner circle on the US Postal Service Team and who came forward and told what he saw Armstrong doing in a 60 Minutes segment. Hamilton is a controversial character, since his admission led to attacks and heated criticism from Armstrong’s camp. Up until his eventual confession, Lance Armstrong had been adamant about the claim that he was not and had not been doping.
The 'Kill Your Darlings' star will take on the disgraced cyclist, who was found guilty of being a drugs cheat in 2012
Ben Foster has emerged as the number one candidate to take on the role as Lance Armstrong in the upcoming biopic about the seven-time Tour de France winner who was stripped of his titles in 2012 following an investigation into claims that he had used performance enhancing drugs. According to Deadline, who broke the story, Foster is in the final stages of discussions with the film's bosses, with filming expected to begin as early as fall this year.
Foster is in 'advanced talks' with studio bosses
The Stephen Frears-directed biopic, which is being penned by Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge, will follow Armstrong from his battle with cancer in the mid-1990's, leading up until his much-publicised fall from grace in 2012 when he was found guilty of using illegal, performance enhancing drugs. Although he denied ever using drugs throughout his career, the disgraced cyclist admitted to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013.
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When a tragic case of deceit, drug misuse and lies sees a hero fall from grace so spectacularly, it makes global news, what's the best way to deal with it? Cut an interview together to the tune of a 90's hit song and put it on the Internet. That's how.
Armstrong had been declared winner of the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005, before being disqualified from each of those races and banned from cycling for life for doping offenses by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2012. A cancer survivor, he is the founder of the Lance Armstrong Foundation - later renamed Livestrong Foundation after the drug controversy - which provides support for cancer patients.
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Sheryl Crow and Lance Armstrong dated from 2003 until 2006, before breaking off their engagement. However, during the relationship, Armstrong rode in the Tour de France twice - and won both times. It has since emerged that the disgraced cycling took performance enhancing drugs during both races, catapulting country singer Crow into the spotlight.
Celebuzz.com has learned that the nine-time Grammy winner was named twice in affidavits submitted to the United States Anti-Doping Association, which blew the whistle on the Tour de France winner. According to Armstrong's former teammate Frankie Andreu, the cyclist summoned him to a room in 2004 in a bid to persuade him to convince his wife Betsy to sign a statement retracting her claim that Armstrong told doctors treating him for cancer that he'd taken steroids, human growth hormone, cortisone and EPO. The hospital admission was first reported in a 2004 book co-written by Irish journalist David Walsh titled L.A. Confidentiel, which was only published in in French. In it, Andreu claimed "Lance called me to his room to discuss the situation. He told me that Bill Stapleton (Armstrong's agent) wanted to talk to me about the hospital room and have my wife sign a statement of support for Lance saying the hospital incident did not happen. His girlfriend at the time, Sheryl Crow, was in the room and I felt uncomfortable talking about this in front of her so I did not say much."
It's the first time that Crow, 50, has been directly implicated in Armstrong's doping conspiracy. In an interview to air on Tuesday (January 22, 2013), the country singer tells Entertainment Tonight, "I think that honesty is always the best bet and that the truth will set you free. To carry around a weight like that would be devastating in the long run." She said she caught "bits and pieces" of Armstrong's much-hyped interview with Oprah Winfrey last week.
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As was widely expected, a movie about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is set to go into production after Bad Robot partners JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk snapped up the rights to Juliet Macur’s forthcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, reports Deadline.com. Macur – a sports reporter for The New York Times – has covered Armstrong’s career for over a decade, through the cyclist’s Tour de France wins, his recovery from cancer and eventual doping revelations. The American had denied using performance enhancing drugs for years, though finally admitted to cheating during a much-publicized interview with Oprah Winfrey last week.
Sony Pictures has long had an Armstrong movie project in the works, though that movie was dropped when the cyclist’s fall from grace began. It was set to star Jake Gyllenhaal and would have told the ‘American hero’ narrative of Armstrong’s rollercoaster career. Of course, the story has changed dramatically and Abrams film will focus on a cheat who pays a high price for his lies. As movie writer Mike Fleming Jr reports, the whole thing is reminiscent of when Tom Cruise and Cameron Crowe made a deal with Phil Spector to tell the story of the producer’s life story, though the director went on record as saying the film “lacked a good third act.” That was obviously provided shortly afterwards when Spector was convicted of shooting the actress Lana Clarkson, but Universal, Crowe and Cruise never went forward with the project. It’s likely that JJ Abrams and his team will tackle the Armstrong project head on, but who could play the man himself? Who has the presence to portray such a complex character on-screen? Here’s 10 actors who we think could become Lance: