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By Arnold Baltazar
Ben Foster is no rookie.
The 34 year-old American actor was recently interviewed by The Guardian for his role playing Lance Armstrong in the biopic film “The Program.” Foster mentioned using drugs during his preparation for the role, and the affect that they had on him.
“I’ve only just recovered physically. I’m only now getting my levels back,” he said. Under supervision of his doctor, Foster was able to experiment with condensed doping during the production of the film.
Foster also stated that none of his fellow cast and crew members knew what he was doing. During an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, director Stephen Frears told reporters, “It happened, there’s nothing I can do about it, I can’t turn the clock back.” In addition, “The truth is, he’s so good in the film and I’m so grateful to him for being that good.”
While Foster used drugs for his role in the movie, he does not recommend its use to any actor. “These are very serious chemicals and they affect your body in real ways,” he stated in an interview with the Guardian.
This is not the first time that an actor has gone to the extreme for an exceptional performance. Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman lost 20 pounds for their role as ballerinas in “Black Swan.” Ashton Kutcher was briefly in the hospital for losing 20 pounds for his role as Steve Jobs in the movie “Jobs.”
Ben Foster proved that authentic actors still exist. He knows what it takes to be a great actor. While his ethics are debatable, there is no question that his performance was remarkable.
“The Program” is not yet available in the U.S.