‘Bigger, Stronger, Faster*,’ Steroids, and How to Cheat at the Olympics

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    It takes a lot of courage to stare down one of the great bogeymen of modern American life, but that’s exactly what Christopher Bell does with Bigger, Stronger, Faster*, his powerful and controversial film about the world of steroids, which won the Best Documentary prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Utilizing images of muscle-bound eighties icons and his own family’s history with ’roids (both of his brothers are users), Bell depicts a culture that holds up impossible images of real-life supermen while breeding often-unfounded fears about the drugs that got them there. Along the way, he expertly mixes standard documentary reportage, intensely personal filmmaking, and even a couple of Michael Moore–style stunts — such as when the director’s attempts to interview Arnold Schwarzenegger pay hilarious and unexpected dividends. Vulture sat down with Bell over sushi to talk about his film, which hits theaters this Friday.

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