Ben Foster has admitted that he took performance-enhancing drugs to play disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong for the upcoming film The Program. The 34-year-old has admitted to doping in order to ‘infect’ himself with the athlete.
In an interview with The Guardian, Foster explained why he went to such extremes. He said: ‘The word I’m leaning toward is “infected”. I tried to infect myself with him. Get him into my system.’
“These are very serious chemicals and they affect your body in real ways,” he said. “For my own investigation it was important for me privately to understand it. And they work.”
“I’ve only just recovered physically. I’m only now getting my levels back. I don’t know how to separate the chemical influence from the psychological attachment I had to the character. If it’s working, it keeps you up at night. This is losing your marbles, right? They’re definitely rolling around. They’re under the couch but they’re retrievable.”
Foster also admitted that he was only just recovering physically from the experiment and that he would not recommend it to fellow actors.
The film is based on David Walsh’s book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong, which chronicles the journalist’s efforts in exposing seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong for doping in order to win races.