Bradley Cooper 'would love Lance Armstrong movie role'

Bradley Cooper (left) and Lance Armstrong Bradley Cooper (left) is among the actors tipped to play Lance Armstrong

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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.

'Great character'

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.

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