In 2009 Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong’s comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong’s confession.
I want to see this. For many reasons. First and foremost because the story, I think, is incredible. He came from nothing. Then arguably had the greatest comeback story in the history of sports. He was arguably the most famous athlete and maybe person in the entire world for about a decade. Then he fell from grace harder than anyone, almost ever. And all of it, the good and the bad, in my estimation was because of ego and drive and what is inside the dude. Its fascinating.
For two, because Alex Gibney is really really talented. His work as a director include We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (nominated in 2005 for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (short-listed in 2011 for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Casino Jack and the United States of Money and he’s involved in a lot of other really good stuff.
Third, because I never had a real issue with Lance and the doping in his sport. I don’t have too many problems with any doping in any sport actually, because I think as grown ass men, if you are doing stuff to gain an edge, that is not illegal, everything should be in play. I know its elementary, but couldn’t blood doping be the natural evolution of working out? If blood doping is too far, at what point is taking energy pills, or red bulls, or 5 hour energies, or greenies, or creatine supplements, or stuff like that. I know its not a 1-for-1 but responsible use of HGH, has still never been shown to be detrimental to humans, and actually it is something that is prescribed to many, many people who need a little bit of help.
Fourth, because I actually really like Lance Armstrong even though I’m sure the guy is a dick and massive blowhard and thinks that he is gods gift.
You can just tell by the way he moved that he is not the greatest guy on the planet, BUT, he did do some really great things and inspired tens of millions of people worldwide with his story and raised hundreds of millions of dollars. But he did cheat (even though everyone else in the sport did too). So there is that. And he is an arrogant bastard (but I think that all super high level athletes are). But I like the guy and his arrogance, because to this day I still think that he has one of the greatest twitter post ever. The “Back in Austin just latin’ around…” picture is all world.
If you remember, he posted this last year at the height of all the controversy and after he was ripped of his Tour de France titles from whatever governing body is in charge of such things. He didn’t take the tweet down. Or say he got hacked. Or that it was supposed to be a DM. The tweet is still up to this day and you gotta respect that.
But anyways, the movie / documentary / interview looks solid. I’m gonna go check this one out.