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Q+A [CARL LEWIS]
Richard Deitsch
August 02, 2004
The nine-time Olympic gold medalist is an actor in L.A. and will appear in the upcoming film Tournament of Dreams.
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August 02, 2004

Q+a [carl Lewis]

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The nine-time Olympic gold medalist is an actor in L.A. and will appear in the upcoming film Tournament of Dreams.

SI: What do people expect when you come in to audition?

Lewis: They expect me to be terrible, and I understand that. A lot of athletes have been good. A lot have been not so good. Now that I have some good work behind me, people are surprised.

SI: Which athlete turned actor do you want to emulate?

Lewis: Merlin Olsen. He transitioned all the way.

SI: You recently appeared on a Wheaties box for the first time. Nice honor for a 43-year-old, right?

Lewis: Tremendous. Because it's eight years after my last Olympics and it represents my body of work.

SI: Did you ever speak to Ben Johnson after he tested positive for steroids at the 1988 Olympics?

Lewis: No. I always separated sports and my personal life. People said I was arrogant and antisocial. But I was like, "A track meet is work. I'm here to kick your ass, and then I'll go home and play with my friends."

SI: Why has track been so fraught with cheating?

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