Lance Armstrong and Matthew McConaughey

Actor Matthew McConaughey is reportedly "pi**ed off" with his longtime pal and disgraced cycler Lance Armstrong in the wake of the athlete's admission of doping while competing.

Despite being angry with Armstrong, McConaughey is also reportedly feels sorry for him and relieved that he never confided in him.

McConaughey told MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah: "My first reaction was I was p***ed off. I was mad. I then got kind of sad for him. First off, I had a part of me that took it kind of personally, which I think a lot of people have."

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"For him, it was impersonal because he was living a lie. It was a whole unanimous facade he had to carry around."

"What I realised is that those of us that took that personally, like, 'Oh, he lied to me,' it's not true. What I mean by this is, what was he supposed to do? Call me to the side and go, 'Hey man, I did it but don't tell anybody.' Then I would have really had a reason to be p***ed off at him, going, 'You want me to walk around holding this?'"

The father-of-three - who is married to model Camila Alves - has been good friends with Lance for years and they have often been spotted working out together near their nearby homes in Austin, Texas.

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It was previously reported that Matthew - who is still in the process of regaining weight after dropping to 135 pounds for his role as a HIV patient in the upcoming movie 'The Dallas Buyers Club' - was among those being considered to play the cyclist in a movie about his life.

However Matt Damon is now reportedly first in line to star in the biopic, which will be made by J.J Abrams' production company, Bad Robot, along with Paramount Pictures, who just closed a deal to acquire the rights to the forthcoming book 'Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong' by Juliet Macur.

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