Matt damon “loves” lance armstrong but still won’t play him onscreen

The long-delayed, still-untitled Lance Armstrong biopic has definitely hit a few speed bumps during its ride to the big screen, especially now after the news of Armstrong being stripped of his Tour de France titles. Another obstacle the film faces is in finding an actor to play the famous athlete since onetime rumoured star Matt Damon is no longer involved with the project.

“I was way too old ten years ago to play him,” Damon joked to MTV News at Monday’s Gotham Awards where he was presented a career tribute award. “No, that ship sailed a while ago because of how old I was. I still think that story is remarkable and I’m sorry for what’s happened, but I have to say he’s done incredible things and he’s given a lot of people a lot of hope, he’s made a hell of an impact on a lot of lives and he raised a ton of money for cancer research. I love the guy.”

Despite the lack of Damon, producer Frank Marshall told us recently that the film is still full steam ahead, though it will now need some tweaks due to the “sad end” to Armstrong’s cycling career. In August, the seven-time Tour de France winner was banned from cycling and stripped of his titles after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency determined Armstrong had used and trafficked drugs during his career.

“Well we’re recutting. It’s a sad end but we have some really interesting footage and a story to tell,” he said. “So we’re going to go forward and tell the story.”

And for those who are sad that Damon is no longer a part of the film, rest assured that the actor is busy with several other projects — the first being “Promised Land,” which he co-wrote with “Office” star John Krasinski and hits theaters December 28. Damon joked that the writing process with Krasinski was “exactly the same” as when he and Ben Affleck wrote their Oscar-winner, “Good Will Hunting.”

“Funnily enough it was exactly the same. I laughed as much with John as I did with Ben,” Damon revealed. “It was just really fun. I would write with him again in a second, or Ben again in a second. It was kind of the same great thing.”

“I’m going bigger and better next time,” Krasinski joked of finding a more high-profile writing partner.

“He just wants to write with Ben,” Damon added with a laugh.

“I just did this to get to Ben,” Krasinski said.

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