HBO set for Gi­ant doc­u­men­tary

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DAN GELSTON

The tall tales and colos­sal ca­reer of An­dre the Gi­ant will be told in an up­com­ing HBO doc­u­men­tary.

WWE, HBO Sports and the Bill Sim­mons Me­dia Group will pro­duce “An­dre The Gi­ant,” a doc­u­men­tary film ex­am­in­ing the life and ca­reer of one of pro­fes­sional wrestling’s truly big­gest stars.

An­dre Rene Rous­si­moff, a na­tive of France, was a pop­u­lar tour­ing at­trac­tion for years in wrestling and head­lined the third WrestleMa­nia in 1987 against Hulk Ho­gan.

The wide-rang­ing doc­u­men­tary will ex­plore An­dre’s up­bring­ing in France, his cel­e­brated ca­reer in WWE and his for­ays in the entertainment world that in­cluded a role in “The Princess Bride.”

HBO did not an­nounce an air date for the film.

Bill Sim­mons, who joined HBO in the sum­mer of 2015 and founded The Ringer, will serve as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of the film.

An­dre the Gi­ant was di­ag­nosed with acromegaly, a dis­or­der marked by pro­gres­sive en­large­ment of the head, face, hands, feet and chest, due to ex­ces­sive se­cre­tion of growth hor­mones. He died in 1993 and was the first wrestler in­ducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

HBO Sports and WWE have part­nered on the doc­u­men­tary.

Ja­son Hehir will di­rect “An­dre the Gi­ant.”

An­dre the Gi­ant’s best re­mem­bered film role was Fezzik in Rob Reiner’s 1980s clas­sic, “The Princess Bride.”

Rous­si­moff died of a heart at­tack at 46 while vis­it­ing France to at­tend his fa­ther’s funeral.

He was billed in wrest­ing as 7foot-4 and more than 500 pounds, though he was shorter and lighter than that. But he was still an anom­aly in pro­fes­sional wrestling, and friends of­ten spread sto­ries that An­dre could drink more than 100 beers in one night, flip over cars loaded with peo­ple, or pass a sil­ver dol­lar though one of his rings.


An­dre the Gi­ant has a few words for the ref­eree in this 1989 photo.

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