Currently under the spotlight, and enduring heavy criticism on drug allegations, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood decided to cash in on the fallen hero, Lance Armstrong.
Lance Armstrong, the once highly-acclaimed American professional cyclist, recently came clean to the media about his involvement in illicit activities, to aid him in acquiring a host of awards. He was renowned the world over on being awarded the prestigious Tour de France, for seven years in a row. But in 2012, Lance was stripped of all his titles, and banned for life from professional cycling, on the USADA receiving information of possible substance abuse on his part.
The USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) accused Lance of using, and distributing, performance-enhancing drugs, an allegation that he denied at the time. However, 2 months after the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) decided to accept USADA’s allegations, Lance decided to finally come clean on national television.
Lance Armstrong was revered for being an inspiration to many, having bounced back from battling with cancer, back in 1996. His strength and intense passion for the sport was respected by all, as he managed to continue cycling and reclaim his title after embarking on a long road to recovery. Having being a victim himself, Lance initiated the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer support, to aid others in fighting the deadly disease.
In early January 2013, a highly remorseful and emotional Lance was seen on the talk show Oprah, to admit to the world at large of his wrong doing, and apologize for giving them reason to lose faith in him. Lance spoke about how, in his urge to win, he had resorted to cheating, and even bullying witnesses from complaining by going to the extent of suing them if they did.
In the end, it was his 13 year old son’s unwavering faith in him, and defending his father’s honor, that motivated a ‘guilty’ Lance to admit the truth to the world.
At the wake of all the ruckus, news broke that J.J. Abrams (the co-creator of the series ‘Lost’), and Paramount Pictures, were planning on filming a biopic on the tarnished cyclist, with casting soon to be underway.
‘Hangover’ star, Bradley Cooper, has expressed interest in playing the role of Lance Armstrong, as he considered the man to be a “fascinating character.”
Even a book, on Lance, is set to release soon. It’s written by Juliet Macur, and titled ‘Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong’. The movie is said to be based on the same.
Sheryl Crow, singer and ex-fiancé of Lance Armstrong, was interviewed recently, for her take on the scandal. She claimed,
“I think that honesty is always the best bet and that the truth will set you free. It must be really hard walk around knowing you are not telling the truth about something. So I always contend that the truth is the best way to go.”
Well, how far ‘the truth’ will take Armstrong will reveal itself only over the due course of time. Having lost the trust of millions of fans, it would take more than a confession on Oprah, to regain their faith. However, it’s a good start. Now it’s just a matter of keeping at it.