Andre the Giant stood at a commanding at 7’4″ and weighed 520 pounds, making him literally and figuratively one of the biggest sports stars in recent memory. Tomorrow marks 25 years since André René Roussimoff died at the age of 46-years-old from acromegaly also known as gigantism. To commemorate the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” there will be an HBO documentary about the life and times of Andre the Giant. Two months ago we got a teaser trailer for the documentary and now we get a full-length trailer of the doc celebrating the life of the bigger-than-life wrestler.
The film was created by the Bill Simmons Media Group and hopes to follow the success of the “30 for 30” docs have had. The documentary follows Andre and his humble beginnings in France to his legendary wrestling career to his short time in Hollywood including The Princess Bride. The synopsis of the film is as follows: “Andre the Giant was literally the biggest celebrity in the world. HBO Sports, WWE, and the Bill Simmons Media Group present Andre The Giant, a documentary examining the life and career of one of the most beloved figures in wrestling history.”
“Everyone who ever crossed paths with him has an Andre story—and usually four or five,” Simmons said. “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 movie features interviews with WWE CEO Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan. “He did sports entertainment before there was sports entertainment,” Hogan said of Andre. The film is simply titled Andre the Giant and it premieres April 10 on HBO. Check out some of the unbelievable drinking stories that Ric Flair tells of Andre the Giant and called him the “best wingman.”