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Chris O'Dowd: 'Ben Foster was smart to take drugs for Lance Armstrong role'

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Chris O’Dowd has revealed he thinks his co-star Ben Foster was “smart” to take drugs while playing Lance Armstrong in movie biopic The Program.

The famous cyclist caused outrage in 2013 when he admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs, something he had initially denied when he was banned from the sport in 2012.

Ben admitted he had taken the drugs to better inform his performance for the role.

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The Irish actor who plays journalist David Walsh divulged that he wasn’t shocked by Ben’s admission.

“I think that’s a really smart thing and makes sense,” he said.

“With something like that you know it’s not going to harm you necessarily, and you’re going to have to perform so much [while filming].

“I think if you have to take drugs in a role, it’s very hard to do without taking the drug at some stage in your life,” he told the BBC.

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The Bridesmaids star stressed that he wasn’t encouraging it, but he understands the validity of it.

“I’m not advocating that you [should take drugs for a role], but I’m sure it probably wouldn’t hurt your performance. It might hurt you as a human being, but it would be silly to say that would not be a good way in to knowing [what it’s like].”

The Program screened at the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday and is out in cinemas from next month. At the film’s premiere in Canada, Ben spoke about his decision.

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“The more that I researched, the more that I explored in this subject, the more I wanted to know. It’s such a complex story, it’s such a complex world,” he said.

“Doping is not the reason why Lance Armstrong won but it did shape a culture at the time, and it certainly shaped him, and I wanted to understand – on a personal level, on a cellular level – what that experience is like.”