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Actor took performance-enhancing drugs to play Lance Armstrong in film

Ben Foster

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: Actor Ben Foster speaks onstage at the Legendary Pictures panel during Comic-Con International 2015 the at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

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The actor who plays Lance Armstrong in “The Program” said he took performance-enhancing drugs in preparation for and during filming, according to reports.

“I took a calculated risk, with a doctor supervising, and what I came away with is that drugs work — they work,” actor Ben Foster said, according to the Toronto Star, while at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere over the weekend. “You can just keep going. Coming off those drugs is the difficult part. That’s where your health concerns will come in. And it took a while for me to right myself. But that was a calculated risk and part of the joy of the job, I suppose.”

Foster didn’t want to say which drugs he took, according to the Guardian.

“Even discussing it feels tricky because it isn’t something I’d recommend to fellow actors,” Foster said, according to the Guardian. “These are very serious chemicals, and they affect your body in real ways. For my own investigation it was important for me privately to understand it. And they work.”

“The Program” looks at Armstrong’s seven-year, doping-tainted reign at the Tour de France. Here’s a trailer.

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