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There Is A Second Trailer For HBO’s Andre The Giant Documentary

Tom Wood

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There Is A Second Trailer For HBO’s Andre The Giant Documentary

HBO has released a second trailer for the much-awaited documentary about wrestling's biggest star - on more than one level - Andre the Giant.


The documentary film is being created in collaboration with the WWE and has been produced by the best-selling sports journalist and author Bill Simmons.

It tells the tragic story of Andre, a French wrestler who was the very definition of a 'gentle giant'.


Standing at well over seven feet tall, according to his wrestling stats, and weighing more than 500 pounds he was and is by far and away the biggest man to enter the wrestling ring for the WWF, as it was then known.

His nickname was 'The Eighth Wonder of the World' and he certainly lived up to it.


As well as becoming a huge star in the ring, he also starred in The Princess Bride - the best film ever to feature a wrestling superstar (yes, even better than Kurt Angle in Kurt Angle in End Game)

The film talks to legends of the wrestling world, including Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and Vince McMahon about their memories of Andre, and how his presence helped the WWF become wrestling's biggest promotion worldwide.

His long-time rival and off-screen friend Hogan says: "How do you replace somebody that big? He transcended wrestling.

"He was 'the guy'. He knew how to create emotion, energy, drama... there was just something magical about him."


There are also interviews with film stars like Billy Crystal, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Robin Wright about their relationship with the Giant on and off the screen.

Andre was a monster on screen and in the ring, but had a dark, sad side when away from the public eye. He was regularly taunted and became upset with the attention that he got for his size and appearance.


Former WWF and WCW Champion Ric Flair says: "People would not leave him alone" and wrestler and interviewer 'Mean' Gene Okelund adds: "They were making fun of him. He would cry."

Andre, whose real name was Andre Roussimoff, died in 1993 at the age of 46 from heart failure. Throughout his whole life he had suffered from gigantism as a result of excess growth hormone, this lead to acromegaly - an enlargement of certain parts of his body.

Hopefully the film will also touch on some of the funnier stories about Andre. Ric Flair and several others have told stories in the past about Andre's legendary drinking abilities.

"I was with him one night at the Downtowner in Charlotte," Flair said. "In 1975, he drank 106 beers. And Frank Valois, his manager at that time, drank 56.


"Hey, I've been on a plane, on a 747 with him going to Tokyo out of Chicago, on No. 4 on Northwest, We drank every bottle of vodka on the plane - 540lbs, brother."

The film will be available to watch on April 10th, two days after WrestleMania 34 - which will feature the annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal match.

Featured Image Credit: WWE

Topics: TV and Film, HBO, Sports, WWE

Tom Wood
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