Even if you’ve never watched wrestling or WWE before (shame on you!) there’s probably still a high chance that you’ve heard of Andre the Giant – because this guy wasn’t just your average sportsman. He was an entertainer. He was an enigma. He was and will forever be Andre the Giant (yuh-huh, we’re kind of obsessed with him).
Known as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World,’ Andre the Giant stood at a whopping 7 ft 4 inches, and weighed an incredible 520 pounds at the height of his career – and soon found that he had the perfect size and stature for the world of wrestling. This French native quickly found fame within the World Wrestling Federation (now known as WWE) and won numerous titles over the course of his impressive career. However, life wasn’t easy for the giant. Although his gigantism made him one of the most popular, most entertaining, and most threatening contenders in the ring, his condition lead to numerous health problems. To numb the pain, Andre would drink to excess, would become violent, and soon found himself in heaps of trouble with the law. Eventually, this would lead to his death in 1993. Despite the struggle towards the end of his life, Andre the Giant is still considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time – which is exactly why HBO have chosen to create a documentary about the life, times and career of this legend.
The creation of this documentary has been a group effort, and WWE, the Bill Simmons Media Group and HBO Sports have all come together to use their expertise and their knowledge to allow fans to understand more about this wrestling icon. This is what Simmons had to say:
Everyone who ever crossed paths with him has an Andre story – and usually four or five. I’m delighted to join forces with [director] Jason Hehir and WWE so we can capture Andre’s amazing story once and for all.
The documentary will not only show archival footage of the wrestler in all of his glory, but it will also feature interviews with friends, family and fellow wrestlers including Billy Crystal, Ric Flair, Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan – who Andre famously feuded with. The documentary will be debuted on HBO on April 10, and we genuinely can’t wait. So without further ado, check out this epic trailer for Andre the Giant…