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Bradley Cooper in talks to get on the bike (and the HGH) in JJ Abrams' Lance Armstrong biopic?

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Since making it onto Hollywood’s A-list a few years back, there’s just been no stopping Bradley Cooper. The Oscar nominated Silver Linings Playbook star has been showing up in so many movies lately that you’d swear the man must be on horse steroids or something to keep up this kind of acting stamina.

And no, it’s not a coincidence that I chose to use that analogy to open this article.

Last week we brought you news that writer/director/producer/collector of franchises beginning with the word “star” JJ Abrams was looking to adapt the soon to be released “Cycle of lies: The fall of Lance Armstrong”, Juliet Marcur’s biographical look at how Armstrong, a man who was once elevated to hero status for winning the Tour De France 7 times with just one testicle, recently fell from grace right onto Oprah’s moneymaking couch after testing positive for banned performance enhancing substances and having his various titles stripped and sponsorships revoked as a result thereof.

Cooper spoke to BBC last week where he revealed that he’d definitely be interested in portraying the disgraced cyclist.

“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. I would love to do something, I think he’s pretty fascinating.”

And it would appear that Cooper’s done more than just think about playing Armstrong, as Abrams revealed to EW while backstage at the Producer’s Guild Awards.

 “[Cooper] sent me an email and we’ve been talking.”

There have been a couple of other names, such as Michael Fassbender, Jake Gyllenhall, Matt Damon and Christian Bale floating around this project, and while all of them are fantastic actors who could all pull this off pretty well, there’s something about Cooper in the role that appeals to me more. And no, it’s not just that he’s already made a movie about using drugs to become superhuman.

Last Updated: January 28, 2013

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