Are you one of those people who walked around for years wearing one of those yellow bracelets after cyclist Lance Armstrong came back from cancer to win a jillion Tour de Frances, only to feel duped once the truth came out that he was a great big steroid monster the whole time and had been lying to everyone’s faces about it? Then probably you’re looking for an explanation from the smug jerk, and Alex Gibney’s new documentary, The Armstrong Lie, is at least giving off the impression that it has one.
Gibney is the guy who brought us a handful of other newsworthy docs covering current events, like Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, and the story here seems to be that Gibney initially started following around Armstrong to do a doc about his big comeback to racing, but once all of the allegations about Armstrong doping came out and those allegations slowly turned into admissions, the focus of the documentary then had to change. After years of lying to his cameras, Armstrong eventually got cornered in another interview by Gibney and asked why he’s such a great big liar. Click through to check out the tease of said interview.
That last line Armstrong delivers is kind of chilling, right? Not only did the guy lie about not doing drugs, but he actively attempted to destroy anyone who knew the truth and tried to call him out on what he was doing. That takes a special kind of sociopath. And if there’s anything worse than a smug yuppie, it’s a smug yuppie who’s also a sociopath. Will Armstrong have anything to say in this doc that will make people ready to forgive him for his indiscretions? It certainly doesn’t seem like it, but we’ll have to wait to see the whole film to find out (if he ends up saying much of anything at all, seeing as these documentaries about public figures can sometimes promise more than they’re able to deliver). The chance to do that will come November 8, when the film starts rolling out to theaters.