after watching recently "The Armstrong Lie" i handed it over to some of my friends - apart from one triathlete buddy, most of them absolutely non related to cycling - basically to learn the civilians'
approach. the feelings on both the film and Armstrong were mixed, but one thing, one observation i heard more than once - that Armstrong is infact a tragic character
now, we all know there was some hot thought exchange going on, both here and all over the internet forums, and my intention isn't to bring it back. what i'm curious is how you and your friends, not necesserally the cycling geeks, feel about the whole thing after seeing the movie.
after all what the media showed was pretty one sided and totally lacking any context. the movie on the other hand has introduced some nice variety of characters and perspectives to this case. i must say it's been very interesting for me as well, mostly due to the fact Alex Gibney (the director) actually shows people
at their very imperfection. it appears the only choices LA was left with were the bad ones. ultimately should he choose not to dope, there wouldn't be no Armstrong in the first place. but was that even an option given his personality, resulting greatly from his childhood experiences, taking the best of him?
it's fairly easy to make harsh judgments from an armchair perspective, and i'm glad this movie, and what's more important - the characters introduced, aren't about that at all. IMO it's a really solid piece of documentary everyone should watch, especially those who believe in a black and white world