The rumors began with Cooper gave an interview on the BBC. When asked how he felt about someday playing the disgraced athlete, Cooper replied, “I would be interested in that. I think he’s fascinating. What a fascinating character.”
That was enough to get the rumor mills going, especially since — unbeknownst to Cooper — J.J. Abrams actually holds the rights to a possible Armstrong-based film. Since Cooper and Abrams have a history together (from “Alias”), many made the connection.
It’s not likely that Cooper will be desperate for work any time soon. The actor attended the SAG Awards as a nominee in the category if Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for the movie, “The Silver Linings Playbook.” He ended up losing to Daniel Day-Lewis for “Lincoln,” but Cooper still has a chance at an Academy Award for the same part.