When Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi from the Darkside, Mea Maxima Culpa) started following Lance Armstrong in 2009, his intention was to document the 7-time Tour de France winner’s return to cycling and bid for an 8th title. Little did he know that his camera would be on hand four years later when the USADA released the findings of its investigation and Armstrong was forced admit that he doped throughout his career.
While many cycling fans and media pundit were left disappointed by Armstrong’s meek confession in an Oprah Winfrey interview, we suspect he’ll face greater scrutiny in front of Gibney’s lens. The documentary director, who built his reputation on exposing the hypocrisy of public figures like Enron executives, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and THE POPE, surely can’t have backed down when gifted with access to Armstrong: the central figure of this century’s biggest sports scandal.
The Armstrong Lie will be playing in competition at the upcoming London Film Festival