Bombshell Scientology Film Revealed: Alex Gibney on Cruise, Travolta and 'the Prison of Belief' - 2015-01-21
This story first appeared in the Jan. 30 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Lance Armstrong is not mad at Alex Gibney. No, not even though Gibney's 2013 documentary, which was supposed to be about Armstrong's triumphant emergence from retirement to compete in the Tour de France, turned out to be an exposé on doping called The Armstrong Lie.
"I remember vividly when he reached out to me to tell me he had selected the title," Armstrong says. "I said, 'OK, it doesn't make me feel great,' but I don't blame him. I did lie. What the f— are you going to say?" He still thinks Gibney portrayed him as more untruthful than he actually was, but he admires the filmmaker's brains as well as his willingness to tackle subject matter such as that of Gibney's new film. "This Scientology thing — that just takes a huge set to take on," Armstrong says. "But he has the courage to do it."