You don’t have to be a wrestling fan to remember Andre the Giant. In fact, he’s best-loved and remembered for playing the giant, Fezzik, in the movie The Princess Bride. He was a true giant due to an excess of growth hormone in his body, a rare disorder called acromegaly. Now, a documentary will tell the story of the man many called the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Telling The Story Of Andre The Giant
HBO has engaged director Jason Hehir to tell the story of Andre the Giant’s life. This is not a typical biopic, but rather a lovingly created documentary with an all-star supporting cast.
Billy Crystal, Hulk Hogan, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are among the many celebrities who will share their insights and memories of Andre Rene Roussimoff, who the world remembers as Andre the Giant.
Wrestling Will Take Center Stage
It’s fair to say that Andre The Giant’s life in the spotlight was built around his wrestling career. Surprisingly, he got his start by wrestling in France, not in America.
In fact, Andre spent the first six years of his career wrestling pretty much everywhere but America. He wrestled in countries around the world, including Japan, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, and Germany.
Unwavering Commitment To WWF
There’s commitment and then there’s real commitment. Andre the Giant entered the World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1973 and would remain in it until his death in 1992. In fact, the documentary will reportedly allege that Andre’s love for wrestling caused his death. The premise is that Andre’s hormone imbalance was causing premature aging and that wrestling was aggravating the damage to his body.
Andre would ultimately decline the medication that could have extended his life, because he couldn’t bear to leave the sport he loved. The documentary Andre The Giant is expected to both shock and inspire wrestling fans and everybody else alike. We can’t wait to watch the incredible story unfold.