Upcoming Movies about Lance Armstrong

There are three--count 'em--THREE movies about Lance Armstrong in development or set for release.  The most interesting of these is probably "The Armstrong Lie" by Alex Gibney.  Gibney is a pretty well-known documentary film maker (although I watch a lot of movies and I confess I'd never heard his name before--but he does have an extensive filmography you can check out here).

"The Armstrong Lie" was originally titled "The Road Back" and filming began during Armstrong's comeback attempt to win his 8th tour.  As you can imagine, there is plenty of footage of Armstrong at the peak of his narcissism, so there should be quite a few amusing scenes of Armstrong staring defiantly into the camera and declaring how he never took PED's.  Gibney reportedly went back to Armstrong after the scandal broke and insisted that Armstrong sit down for a few more interviews.

The other two films are full-on Hollywood productions.  One is reportedly already filming and although they don't have a title (it's listed as "untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic"), they have an actor cast to play Lance: Ben Foster.  You might remember Ben Foster from 3:10 to Yuma, and he's actually a darn good actor.  My only hope is that he spends a bit of time (like 12 hours a day for 3 years) doing squats at his local gym before attempting to portray Armstrong.  I mean...you can't have a guy with scrawny legs playing a professional cyclist even if the guy did cheat.

The other film in progress is "Red Blooded American" starring none other than Bradley Cooper.  Yeah...they guy from "The Hangover" is going to play either Tyler Hamilton or Lance Armstrong (see my earlier comment about scrawny legs).  Personally, I think Bradley Cooper is a better fit for Tyler Hamilton, but we'll see.

I'm looking forward to seeing these films, but I don't really intend to spend any money to do so.  In deference to the Armstrong legacy, I'll just wait for a copy to "fall off a truck" (OK, no, I'm not really going to do that--I just thought it was funny).  At some point it will be nice to do a screening of these films at the shop, but that'll be a ways down the road.

Please, if any of you get a chance to see any of these films, don't hesitate to send us a review to publish.  The way Hollywood works, it wouldn't surprise me if one or both of the two biopics falls through, but you never know.

My question is why they're making 3 movies about Armstrong and ZERO movies about Greg LeMond?  You could title the LeMond film "The American Champion" or something else uplifting.

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