Bradley Cooper denies Lance Armstrong biopic rumors: ‘That’s so nuts!’

By Daniel S Levine,

It looks like everyone in Hollywood knew that J.J. Abrams secured the rights to make a Lance Armstrong biopic except the actor that had been rumored to star: Bradley Cooper. Even though the actor recently said in an interview that he would be interested in playing the disgraced cyclist, he said Sunday that he had no idea Abrams was even making a movie.

Last week, the Silver Linings Playbook star told The BBC that he would be “interested” in starring in an Armstrong biopic.

“I think he's fascinating. What a fascinating character,” Cooper said.

Then, Abrams confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that Cooper was in talks. The director/producer said that Cooper sent him an email showing interest in the project.

However, Abrams might have been a little over excited about the prospects of working with Cooper. “No,” the actor told Access Hollywood Sunday at the SAG Awards with a laugh. “Oh my God, that’s so nuts!”

“I was in Manchester, doing the BBC morning show… I had no idea what [the interviewer] was talking about,” Cooper explained. “I didn’t even know that J.J. has the rights, I had no idea.”

“I don’t know anything about it,” he added.

On Jan. 18, Deadline confirmed that Abrams’ Bad Robot had secured the rights to Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong, a new book being written by Juliet Macur.

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