Bradley Cooper Is Not Playing Lance Armstrong; Calls the Rumor 'Nuts'

The actor claims he had no idea that J.J. Abrams holds the rights to the disgraced cyclist's life.
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Bradley Cooper Is Not Playing Lance Armstrong; Calls the Rumor 'Nuts'

Bradley Cooper shoots down reports that he will star in a Lance Armstrong biopicLast night, we reported that Bradley Cooper is in talks to star in an untitled biopic about the life of cyclist Lance Armstrong. J.J. Abrams, who holds the rights to the disgraced athlete's life story and will be producing the film, confirmed that the actor emailed him about the role.

Today, the actor himself is claiming that no such talks are taking place, and that the rumor is false.

"No. Oh my God, that's so nuts!"

He then clarified comments he made last month in an interview with the BBC, where he said Lance Armstrong would be a "fascinating character" to play.

"I had no idea what [(the interviewer)] was talking about. I didn't even know that J.J. has the rights, I had no idea. I don't know anything about it."

We reported earlier this month that Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions acquired a book proposal by sportswriter Juliet Macur entitled Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, which follows his return to cycling after recovering from testicular cancer, when he went on to win a record seven Tour de France titles. The athlete recently revealed in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he had been taking performance-enhancing drugs throughout his comeback.

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