Tuesday 20 March 2018

'Bridesmaids was brilliant but could he be a hard-edged journalist?' - David Walsh on reservations about Chris O'Dowd playing him in The Program

Chris and David
Chris and David

Sharon McGowan

The Irish journalist portrayed by Chris O'Dowd in his latest film has said he was initially unsure whether the actor could take on a serious part.

O'Dowd (36) is best known for his comedy roles in light-hearted series Moone Boy and film Bridesmaids - a long way from his role in new film The Program, which is based on David Walsh's quest to uncover cyclist Lance Armstrong's doping scandal.

"I wondered about Chris when I first heard. I mean, I loved him in Bridesmaids. How can you not like that guy?," Walsh said.

"I thought, yeah, that was brilliant, Chris, but could you be a hard-edged journalist?"

Despite initial reservations over Chris's part in the movie, the sports reporter, whose book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong, inspired the film, said he was pleasantly surprised by the Calvary star's performance

"And then I remember seeing a scene in The Program [about an argument with other journalists]...and that's exactly how I was," David told RTE Ten.

The film also stars X Men actor Ben Foster as Armstrong, who recently revealed he took performance-enhancing drugs in order to get into character for the role - a move that his Irish co-star supported.

"I think that's a really smart thing and makes sense," O'Dowd told the BBC. "With something like that, you know it's not going to harm you necessarily, and you're going to have to perform so much."


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