(Igal Hecht, Canada). 95 minutes. Rating: NNN Former wrestling champion and current internet curiosity Khosrow Vaziri (aka the Iron Sheik) was never a bully, but he loved to play one of America’s most hated bad guys in the early 1980s. Vaziri has certainly lived an interesting and tragic life. He was both a bodyguard to the Shah of Iran and a former U. S. Olympic coach. He also dealt with the murder of his daughter and a crippling drug addiction.
This doc is for the most part remarkably candid and well rounded. Things go a little sour when the Sheik’s current management team awkwardly integrate themselves into the doc toward the end, coming across as self-promoters, but Vaziri is so magnetic and honest, he offsets most of the film’s faults. AP Apr 26, 9:15 pm, The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema; Apr 27, 4: 30 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1; May 3, 6: 30 pm, The Bloor Hot Docs Cin