Talk about doing your homework!
We’ve all heard about extremes that actors go to in order to portray a certain character. Christian Bale lost a SCARY amount of weight to play an insomniac in The Machinist, and stars like Jake Gyllenhaal are constantly getting ripped for various roles that require them to bulk up — but Ben Foster took it a step further this time!
While speaking a bit about the movie and discussing the research he did in order to play Armstrong, Foster admitted that he took performance-enhancing drugs to better understand the whole experience. He explained:
“For my investigation it was important for me privately to understand it. And they work. Even discussing it feels tricky because it isn’t something I’d recommend to fellow actors.”
The Lone Survivor actor didn’t reveal what drugs he took but he did mention that he had only just recently physically recovered from the whole experience. He said:
“There’s a lot of fallout. Doping affects your mind. It doesn’t make you feel high. There are behaviors when you’ve got those chemicals running through your body that serve you on the bike, but which, when you’re not….”
After immersing himself in Armstrong’s world both mentally and physically — Foster undertook a brutal training regime as well as spent time on the USA Pro Challenge tour in Colorado — he has a very interesting view of what Lance went through. He said of the cyclist:
“On one hand, he’s a lying doper who tricked the world. On the other, he’s a young man who faced cancer. It changes you. And when you go to war it changes you. That’s what Lance did ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ he went to war with his body. That shifts your consciousness.”
We’re all for research and throwing yourself into a character or role, but we thinking doping just because your character doped might be a bit much.
But we’re just glad Ben has recovered and we can’t wait to see The Program when it hits theaters, hopefully later this year!
[Image via Entertainment One.]