Cycling isn’t easy. Long climbs, daily leg-shavings and the realisation that bicycle-seats were designed by somebody who had a vendetta against testicles make for one arduous sport. Not only that, but professional cycling is filled with a ton of competition, with only a few athletes able to separate from the pack and earn glory on the road.
Enter Lance Arrmstrong. The Tiger Woods of cycling, Armstrong was an unbeatable machine who somehow kicked cancer’s ass and came back stronger than ever. And then he lost it all, when his Tour De France victories were stripped away after he was found guilty of having pumped all manner of chemical cocktails into his body. Here’s the first trailer for The Program:
From Academy Award® nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) and producers Working Title (The Theory Of Everything, Everest, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), comes the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history, Lance Armstrong.
Based on the award winning book “Seven Deadly Sins” by David Walsh, and featuring a stellar cast including Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), this tense and suspenseful thriller looks at how one of the greatest deceptions in the modern era was uncovered while Armstrong convinced the world he was a hero, winning the Tour de France seven times.
Ben Foster might have taken his method acting a tad bit too far for The Program. Speaking to The Guardian, Foster revealed that he actually took the excat same drugs that Armstrong himself got busted for:
I don’t want to talk about the names of the drugs I took… Even discussing it feels tricky because it isn’t something I’d recommend to fellow actors. These are very serious chemicals and they affect your body in real ways. For my own investigation it was important for me privately to understand it. And they work.
And naturally, cycling drugs are a helluva drug, with various side effects that took their toll on Foster, as he explained:
There’s a fallout. Doping affects your mind. It doesn’t make you feel high. There are behaviours when you’ve got those chemicals running through your body that serve you on the bike but which, when you’re not … I’ve only just recovered physically. I’m only now getting my levels back.
The Program also stars Lee Pace,Guillaume Canet, Dustin Hoffman and Jesse Plemons. It’s out on October 16.
Last Updated: September 14, 2015