Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney directed the documentary, which he began shooting in 2009 — several years before the cyclist retired under federal investigation for steroid use
Lance Armstrong reveals he was “certainly very confident that he would never be caught” using performance-enhancing drugs in the first trailer for Alex Gibney’s documentary, “The Armstrong Lie.”
Sony Pictures Classics’ Nov. 8 release appears to paint Armstrong in a very bad light. Although it’s fair to say Armstrong does most of the painting considering he denied doping allegations his entire career — and then to Gibney’s face in interviews from 2009.
Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) initially began making the film to follow the 7-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor on his comeback ride four years after he retired in 2005. After a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigation concluded Armstrong participated in “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen,” Gibney demanded an new interview.
Armstrong’s well-documented lies and his subsequent honesty show how one man rose to the top of the world, then did everything in his power to stay there.
“This is not a story about doping, it’s a story about power,” one subject interviewed for the film says in the trailer. “And the story became hanging on to that power.”