Bradley Cooper Denies J.J. Abrams Talks for Lance Armstrong Film

January 28, 2013
Source: Access Hollywood

Lance Armstrong / Bradley Cooper

For the past couple days, a rumor has been swirling that Bradley Cooper was already in talks with producer J.J. Abrams to star in the film about Lance Armstrong that surfaced last week after the famed cyclist sat down with Oprah Winfrey and admitted to doping in an effort to help win Tour de France titles. However, last night the Silver Linings Playbook star was at the SAG Awards (see all the winners right here), and when Access Hollywood asked him about those rumors, he responded with a surprised but quick, "Oh my god, that's so nuts!" He also went on to say, " I didn’t even know that J.J. has the rights, I had no idea."

However, this rumor all started when Entertainment Tonight talked to J.J. Abrams and the producer said, "[Cooper] sent me an email and we've been talking." So someone has to be lying, and it sounds like it might be Cooper. After all, the actor did publicly express interest in playing Armstrong in an interview with BBC News, so the talk of him taking the role couldn't have been all that shocking. Maybe Cooper was trying to keep things secret so he stays in Abrams' good graces. After all, the filmmaker did deny directing the new Star Wars only to be announced as the director of Episode VII, so anything can happen. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments


i hope this doesn't happen. Do not want any kind of profit or more publicity to go towards someone who's cheated and lied his way to get to the top. What a disgrace.

nathan on Jan 28, 2013


Wee junkie Lance. Look how far you done fell. I think the story would be fine to watch, he doesn't seem to have become any less of an asshole though, so no happy ending. Unless Abrams uses some kind of time travel element.

Carpola on Jan 28, 2013


about what? the fact he managed to fool everyone and still is not fully owning up to it? His cancer battle? Nobody points the spotlight to themselves more than he did I got news for him, MANY do it daily yet they don't feel the need to continuously scream "Look at me as I battle cancer. Hey you over there, you are NOT fully appreciating me" UGH but not surprised la la land is going to once more dive into a cesspool

Rosalee Adams on Jan 28, 2013


Sure what Lance did was wrong but some of you guys really take it way more seriously then it is. You make it out like the guy killed a bunch of babies. He took drugs in a sport where probably 90% of riders take drugs. Let's not act like he's the only guy and it's soooo horrible. There's more important things to worry about.

IamSlave on Jan 28, 2013


It wouldnt be so bad if the guy didnt constantly, as someone else said, put the spotlight on himself.

Cody W on Jan 28, 2013


Maybe but also a lot of that spotlight was in helping charities. So cheater or not, that's not a bad thing.

IamSlave on Jan 29, 2013


A waste of time and talent. Who the hell wants to see a movie about this doper (and all the others).

castingcouch on Jan 28, 2013


Hate to say this, but goddamn I'm tired of hearing about Lance Armstrong.

Jim Dawkins on Jan 28, 2013


Amen brother.

Carpola on Jan 29, 2013


The best thing about lance armstrong is that there was a joke about him in Ted haha, no offense.

Fidel Reyes on Jan 29, 2013

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