Bradley Cooper wants to play Lance Armstrong in a film: could he pull it off?

Bradley Cooper

Here are photos of Bradley Cooper at the Rome photocall for Silver Linings Playbook. You guys, I’m still not over this alleged “perm of his. Why does this perm make his hair look essentially the same as it did before only much greasier? I know I give Bradley a hard time sometimes, but he’s much better looking when he’s not playing your typical greaseball. I tease because I love, really. It’s not like with Tom Cruise and his lifts. Bradley’s crazy smile actually equates to a strange sort of euphoria on my end. Here, his facial expression is telling me, “Why am I the only lead promoting this film in Europe while JLaw is at home and hosting “SNL”?” (Does anyone rememeber when Bradley hosted “SNL” himself? He was pretty funny and did a really cute sketch with fake Kathie Lee and Hoda in which he demonstrated how to “walk like your panties are filled with hot grits.” Ah, memories.)

At the moment, however, Bradley is fielding questions from interviewers. At the BBC, the subject of Lance Armstrong, his doping investigation, and his exclusive Oprah interview came up. It really sounds like the journalists were merely covering current events and, of course, Bradley fell into the willing trap of mentioning that he wouldn’t mind playing Lance in a feature film. Uh-oh:

Bradley Cooper

Lance Armstrong

Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper says he would “love” to play Lance Armstrong in a film about the disgraced cycling champion’s life.

Cooper, who starred in Silver Linings Playbook and The Hangover, told the BBC: “I would be interested in that. I think he’s fascinating. What a fascinating character.”

Paramount Pictures is planning a biopic of the cyclist, who has admitted using banned drugs and blood doping to win his seven Tour de France titles.

The film studio has not announced a cast and Cooper said he had not had any discussions about playing Armstrong.

Matt Damon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender and Christian Bale are among the other actors whose names have been mentioned in relation to the role.

Cooper, who is nominated for best actor at next month’s Oscars for Silver Linings Playbook, told the BBC: “I remember Matt Damon was going to do his autobiography at one point years ago.

“I remember thinking, that would be a great character, I’d love to play that character. I would love to do something, I think he’s pretty fascinating.”

Paramount Pictures and JJ Abrams’ production company Bad Robot will base the film on New York Times reporter Juliet Macur’s forthcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong.

Cooper also appeared on BBC One Breakfast on Tuesday, when he talked about the Oscars and his plan to take his mother to the ceremony.

Bradley Cooper: “My mum is my Oscars date”

[From BBC]

Slow down, Bradley. You just received your first Oscar nomination — no need to work on the second one so quickly. Am I jumping ahead too much by assuming that this negative biopic would necessarily be Oscar bait? I guess I’m more offended by the obvious posturing of Hollywood in immediately jumping upon this cycling scandal and assuming that there will be an audience willing to watch the so-called true story in a few years after the film is completed.

As for Bradley, I guess he might be able to pull off the role. He’s played arrogant and douchey before in The Hangover movies, so jumping on a bike and slapping on an IV needle should be no big stretch. That’s pretty much what this movie will be about, right?

Lance Armstrong

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  1. carrie says:

    actually Bradley Cooper wants many stuffs!
    1/to find a home in Paris (he thought he had found this winter but finally it didn’t work)
    2/to do a movie about cooking with Omar Sy and Derek Cianfrance as director
    3/to find the mother of his children and 4/to raise them in France
    5/to find a guy for his mum

    he did many interviews in France for SLP promotion and he likes to talk

    FTN,he says he knows not to win the Oscar but he’s very very proud

  2. KLO says:

    He would be perfect and win an Oscar for it. Do it, people!

    He has the same psychopath stare as Armstrong does.

  3. Adrien says:

    Brad has a frat-boy face but lately he is transforming into some lovable, likeable guy.
    Matthew Fox should play Lance.

    • Amelia says:

      Ooh, Matthew Fox is a good shout. He doesn’t look dissimilar and apparently he’s a douche in real life.
      Of the names listed above, I couldn’t see Bradley Cooper doing it over Christian Bale. Knowing him he’d probably train for 6 hours a day and end up entering the Tour.

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        LOL at the Christian Bale comment – so true.

      • Renee says:

        Yes!!! LOL. You are a leading contender for winning the internets today…

      • j.eyre says:

        I agree with the Matthew Fox choice and the Christian Bale scenario. (Well done, Amelia)

        However, my vote is for Fassy. Can you imagine what the scenes involving the testicular cancer would be like?

      • I Choose Me says:

        Knowing him he’d probably train for 6 hours a day and end up entering the Tour.

        Hahahaha. I love Bale but that assessment is spot on.

        *waves to J.eyre* How are you love?

      • j.eyre says:

        @ICM – I am well, darling. I have both children home today so I am indebted to Kaiser for a Ewan post today, even if the Beiber thing was a bit hard to *swallow*.

        How is the new year treating you?

    • Cazzee says:

      Good call! I was just thinking that Bradley Cooper is far too likeable to play Lance Armstrong – it would be a sympathetic portrayal no matter what just because of who is playing him.

      Matthew Fox for the win.

    • Shira says:

      Adrien nice call, Matthew Fox would be awesome.

  4. annabelle says:

    I think he could pull it off, he’s got that intensity.

    Interestingly, I think Matthew McConaughey would actually do a better job. I doubt he would ever go there, but talk about doing your character research!

    • daz says:

      i was about to say Matthew McConaughey would be perfect

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      Yes! I was thinking MM for the role too – esp w his newly-cut hair. That would be very interesting, given their history. Now…who to play Sheryl Crow? hmm… Jen Aniston? (spare us)

  5. Saracen says:

    I totally called it on his mum being his Oscar date.. Things that make you go hmm..

  6. Katia says:

    I’ve always found lance unattractive and Bradley very very attractive
    Lance pings my douchebag radar and I just don’t like his face

  7. cubfan34 says:

    Fassbender is thinner. He should play the part.

  8. lori says:

    I don’t think Bradley got a perm. I think they tested curly hair for a part, and in that sense they likely put hot rollers in his hair. He just doesn’t know the difference between a perm and a hot set.

  9. Eileen says:

    As long as he can ride a bike and lie through his teeth he’s as good of a candidate as anyone else

  10. Aubra says:

    MMMMMMMM this means we will get the buzz do back like he wore in SLP, he looks good like that! DO IT BABY!!!

  11. A says:

    BCoop comes across as charming in his interviews, and I’m starting to become a huge fan….Although I still think it is bull that he got nominated over Hawks. That said, he could pull it off in my opinion.

  12. Hubbahun says:

    He seems like a decent guy although I never saw the hot. Well, not until that hairstyle he rocks in Silver Linings – dude needs to have that haircut and the scruff ALL THE TIME. Biscuity tingle ahoy.

    • Shira says:

      Right?? I always thought he was pretty, but with that short hair he was just HOT!!! Sadly, Bradley doesn’t see it this way.

  13. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Brad Coop – I can see it
    Matt Damon – too muscular/stocky
    Jake Gyllenhaal – Just no. Hell no.
    Michael Fassbender – Maybe this would work
    Christian Bale – way too serious and his face is too pointed, IMHO.

    (As stated in comments)
    Matthew Fox – maybe
    Matthew McC. – Yes, best choice IMHO

  14. Shira says:

    I would like to know why he’s the only lead promoting the film as well. Would love some new J/B interviews, they’re hilarious together.

  15. Lemony says:

    He could probably pull it off but I would rather see Matthew Fox or Matthew McCo in the role. For Sheryl Crow how about Elizabeth Banks?

  16. anti-icon says:

    This is beyond ridiculous. The Hollywood film studios only care about profit. And avoiding lawsuits. You figure it out.

  17. Rachel says:

    I can’t believe there are already plans for a biopic. The world hates this man, yet this… I’m confused.

  18. BlueAngelCV says:

    I actually think that Bradley Cooper would be great as Lance. I can definitely see it.

  19. Gemini08 says:

    I have the strong suspicion/vibe that Bradley Cooper is a douche bag in real life and so I think he can certainly play another douche bag like Lance.

  20. snappyfish says:

    lance armstrong? no.

    lindsay buckingham? yes!