HBO set for Giant documentary
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.