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First Look: Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in biopic from director Stephen Frears

10.22.2013

Here's your second biopic entry for the day. This time we are turning the focus to "disgraced cyclist" Lance Armstrong. "Disgraced cyclist" is a little cliche but I keep thinking to all the tabloid headlines when Armstrong admitted to doping.

Ben Foster scored the role of the seven time Tour de France champion. We have our first look at the actor in costume from the untitled Stephen Frears film. The studio has slapped the temporary title as "Cycling Project". At first I thought it was Armstrong in the still until I got a closer look.

Let's compare the two for fun:

Let's not shrug this off though. Everyone either says "Oh, it's too soon" or "Do we need another biopic?". But you've got Frears who has directed films like DANGEROUS LIAISONS, HIGH FIDELITY, THE QUEEN, and TAMARA DREWE. Now add writer John Hodge who is responsible for penning TRANCE, A LIFE LESS ORDINARY, and the adaptation of TRAINSPOTTING. That's worth a bit of interest, right?

Chris O'Dowd (THE IT CROWD, BRIDESMAIDS) and Jesse Plemons (Todd from BREAKING BAD) are also set to star.

Now let's remember Ben Foster's roots by watching the opening of FLASH FORWARD:

Extra Tidbit: Let's come up with some possible titles for the movie...
Source: Empire

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7:45AM on 10/23/2013
He actually looks like Lance Armstrong!
He actually looks like Lance Armstrong!
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4:17AM on 10/23/2013
Wow. He looks much better than I thought he would. This is going to be a very interesting film and a very interesting controversial character for Foster. Can't wait to see it.
Wow. He looks much better than I thought he would. This is going to be a very interesting film and a very interesting controversial character for Foster. Can't wait to see it.
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4:17AM on 10/23/2013
Wow. He looks much better than I thought he would. This is going to be a very interesting film and a very interesting controversial character for Foster. Can't wait to see it.
Wow. He looks much better than I thought he would. This is going to be a very interesting film and a very interesting controversial character for Foster. Can't wait to see it.
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1:12AM on 10/23/2013
All these rumors of who would play Lance then we get, Ben Foster .... wah..... wah
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All these rumors of who would play Lance then we get, Ben Foster .... wah..... wah
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12:49AM on 10/23/2013
There's definitely the chance that this might feel like a biopic rushed into production riding on the two wheels of a topical scandal, but the involvement of Stephen Frears and John Hodge, as well as Ben Foster in the lead, does inspire confidence.
There's definitely the chance that this might feel like a biopic rushed into production riding on the two wheels of a topical scandal, but the involvement of Stephen Frears and John Hodge, as well as Ben Foster in the lead, does inspire confidence.
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11:37PM on 10/22/2013
This bothered me more when I was younger. Now that I'm older and a snickers adds 5lbs and takes 45 days to work off, I'm all for performance enhancing drugs as long as they are declared by the user and that they join a study to track results and side effects. Why not let multi millionaires be guinea pigs for us regular folk, maybe they'll find something the rest of us can use and we'll all be Joe Six Packs for our abs and not our beer consumption.
This bothered me more when I was younger. Now that I'm older and a snickers adds 5lbs and takes 45 days to work off, I'm all for performance enhancing drugs as long as they are declared by the user and that they join a study to track results and side effects. Why not let multi millionaires be guinea pigs for us regular folk, maybe they'll find something the rest of us can use and we'll all be Joe Six Packs for our abs and not our beer consumption.
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11:33PM on 10/22/2013

Awesome cast!

Foster is criminally underrated and hopefully this movie gets him some awards love and the exposure he deserves. He was great in 3:10 To Yuma and The Messenger. I didn't know O'Dowd and Plemmons were in this as well, they are also great actors that have starred in 3 of my top-10 shows of the last decade. I think with Frears directing this could be something a little but above what I initially expected out of a Lance Armstrong bio picture. This cast and director have my interest and I think
Foster is criminally underrated and hopefully this movie gets him some awards love and the exposure he deserves. He was great in 3:10 To Yuma and The Messenger. I didn't know O'Dowd and Plemmons were in this as well, they are also great actors that have starred in 3 of my top-10 shows of the last decade. I think with Frears directing this could be something a little but above what I initially expected out of a Lance Armstrong bio picture. This cast and director have my interest and I think Hodge will give them an interesting screenplay to work from.
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11:25PM on 10/22/2013

Foster is great, but...

...I couldn't care less about a film based on this toolbag. For the record, I wasn't "let down" or "disappointed" by his revelations. Tons of people take drugs in competitive sports - you pretty much have to in order to compete at that level, so you're only fooling yourself if you believe otherwise. No, I've disliked Armstrong from day one - he's always come across as an insufferably smug, pompous douchebag, and the fact that he insistently LIED for years and years is what I find shameful. I'm
...I couldn't care less about a film based on this toolbag. For the record, I wasn't "let down" or "disappointed" by his revelations. Tons of people take drugs in competitive sports - you pretty much have to in order to compete at that level, so you're only fooling yourself if you believe otherwise. No, I've disliked Armstrong from day one - he's always come across as an insufferably smug, pompous douchebag, and the fact that he insistently LIED for years and years is what I find shameful. I'm sure Foster will do a great job but I have no interest in it just because I couldn't care less about the guy, quite frankly.
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11:40PM on 10/22/2013
This pompous douche bag has raised over $500 million dollars for cancer research, so yeah a real tool bag! I agree that the way he lied about doping in the dirtiest sport on the planet is terrible but I'm sick of people ripping down this guy that has done so much to help find a cure for a terrible disease. People need to get some perspective...I am a huge sports fan but there are things in life that are more important than what athletes do on the field, court, track, etc.
This pompous douche bag has raised over $500 million dollars for cancer research, so yeah a real tool bag! I agree that the way he lied about doping in the dirtiest sport on the planet is terrible but I'm sick of people ripping down this guy that has done so much to help find a cure for a terrible disease. People need to get some perspective...I am a huge sports fan but there are things in life that are more important than what athletes do on the field, court, track, etc.
5:36AM on 10/23/2013
As commendable as that is, he got cancer when he was already very rich and very famous. For a man of his then stature, starting up a foundation like that is a couple of phone calls away. It's not like he's in the labs coming up with the cure himself. So, though filmaddict may have been too harsh on him, you are painting him as a saint and that's not quite right either. There's both good and bad in him, like... a human.
As commendable as that is, he got cancer when he was already very rich and very famous. For a man of his then stature, starting up a foundation like that is a couple of phone calls away. It's not like he's in the labs coming up with the cure himself. So, though filmaddict may have been too harsh on him, you are painting him as a saint and that's not quite right either. There's both good and bad in him, like... a human.
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11:16PM on 10/22/2013

Foster is the man

3:10 to Yuma was a great role for him that he knocked out of the park.
3:10 to Yuma was a great role for him that he knocked out of the park.
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