Watch the first official trailer of Alex Gibney’s documentary, “The Armstrong Lie,” an expose of the rise and the fall of sports legend Lance Armstrong. The film follows Armstrong from his denials of doping allegations through his recent confession and subsequent disgrace.
The celebrated documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney is no stranger to public figures who have proven less than honorable. Among his many documentaries are “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” and “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,” both of which received Oscar nominations.
Ironically, Gibney had not set out to do an expose of Lance Armstrong and the longtime allegations of doping that had dogged him. He began filming the documentary in 2009, prior to the fall from grace, as Armstrong was still in his zenith as a sports hero and cancer survivor icon and founder of the Livestrong Foundation. Back in those days — which now seem so long ago — as the seven-time Tour de France winner of years past, Armstrong was on the verge of a comeback, even as there were openly discussed suspicious and allegations that he he had been using performance enhancing drugs.
The movie took a different turn in 2013 after Armstrong openly admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he had used drugs, and shortly thereafter he was stripped of all of his titles and medals and banned from cycling for life, and subsequently lost his Olympic medals as well.
In his narration, Alex Gibney sums up the story as one of power, not doping. He said he told Armstrong he had lied to him and that he deserved an explanation. Indeed, he got one, as Armstrong agreed to another sit-down interview.
Lance Armstrong is seen in the documentary — as the trailer reveals — admitting his lies and his drug use. There are also some very revealing sound bites. In particular, we see Armstrong facing the camera as he says he likes to win, and that he likens “not winning” to “death.” He also said he did not expect to be caught.
The brief trailer is as riveting as a psychological thriller, as it chronicles the extreme lengths Armstrong went to to hang onto that power, as revealed through interviews with people who knew him.
The movie was screened at both the 2013 Venice International Film Festival and the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It will open in theaters on November 8th in New York and L.A.
Check out the first glimpse of the highly anticipated documentary in the trailer below.
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