Lance Armstrong isn’t very high on most people’s list of “people I want to be associated with” right now. Misleading millions of people and bullying those who try to tell the truth has that effect on audiences. Nevertheless, there does appear to be one person who wants to be associated with him: Bradley Cooper.
J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot production company recently picked up the rights to Juliet Macur’s not-yet-published book about Armstrong, “Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong,” and according to Entertainment Tonight, that news led Cooper to email Abrams and express interest in playing the disgraced cyclist. At this weekend’s PGA awards, Abrams said that he and Cooper have been talking about the project.
You know, I once read an interview with Bradley Cooper where the interviewer described him as not like a movie star, but more like the friendly guy who works at your local REI in the bike department. Well, you could then wonder if Cooper comes off as too nice to play Armstrong, but remember, he’s played many an arrogant jerk. And of course you can see why Cooper would be attracted to the role–it pretty much hits all the Oscar notes (and if that’s where it leads, well, sorry, Jake Gyllenhaal, who was once attached to a film project about Armstrong back in the day when he was an American hero).
By the way, no word on exactly when this would happen, and absolutely no word on whether Abrams would be involved beyond a producer role. He’s got some other projects to manage right now.