Andre the Giant—the very first person to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame—will be featured in a documentary created by HBO, WWE and Bill Simmons. The project was first announced in February, but we finally got a quick 40-second preview of what the film will look like:
The documentary is expected to be released sometime this upcoming spring. Considering how successful the ESPN 30 For 30 documentary on Ric Flair was, it’s safe to guess that wrestling fans will be greatly interested and intrigued by this film on Andre the Giant.
The 7-foot-4, 520-pound giant joined the WWF in the ’70s and helped it grow into the world’s largest wrestling promotion. Andre had a legendary feud with Hulk Hogan, which became a turning point for the company’s growth and world-wide popularity.
Sadly, Andre died at age 46 from heart failure not long after attending his dad’s funeral. Not long after, WWE made him the first inductee into their Hall of Fame. The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale Trophy is also handed out at WrestleMania every year— another way for the WWE to commemorate his memory.
Though menacing in the ring, Andre the Giant was one of the most lovable figures outside of the ring. It’s been reported that he crushed back 156 beers in one sitting, and that he could eat over a dozen steaks and lobsters in just one sitting.
He also appeared in the 1987 film, The Princess Bride – which starred Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, and Chris Sarandon. Andre the Giant was among the most approachable and caring figures in the WWE, making him one of the most popular celebrities of his time.
For fans who didn’t grow up watching him, the HBO documentary shall provide a great insight on the life of a wrestling icon.
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