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ANDRE THE GIANT Documentary Trailer Shows Burden of the World’s Biggest Star

ANDRE THE GIANT Documentary Trailer Shows Burden of the World’s Biggest Star

Andre the Giant wasn’t just the biggest star in the world because he was massively famous and beloved around the globe, he was literally bigger and stronger than almost any athlete who has ever lived. The stories about his physical prowess and memorable performances–as well as his drinking–are so legendary it often doesn’t seem possible he could have been real. Andre the Giant seemed like a god among men, which is why people have been hoping for decades for a documentary to explore his unbelievable life. But now that HBO is making that dream a reality, the first trailer for the film shows that being the biggest star in the world came with almost impossible, oversized burdens for a giant who was just a human.

The documentary, which is said to include never-before-seen footage of Andre performing, is a joint venture between HBO, the WWE, and the Bill Simmons Media Group. It features interviews with WWE figures such as CEO Vince McMahon, and wrestlers Jerry Lawler, Ric Flair, and Hulk Hogan (believe me, I know, but this documentary would have been incomplete without him). There are also insights from Andre’s The Princess Bride costars Cary Elwes and Billy Crystal.

But if Andre’s incredible life seemed like the stuff of fantasy, the very traits that made him a star burdened him with a life of pain and discomfort he always knew would end early.

Because the perks of being the biggest star in the world–both literally and metaphorically—are only outweighed by its burdens.

Andre the Giant comes to HBO on April 10.

What do you think of when you hear the name Andre the Giant? Share your favorite memories of him in our comments below.

Images: HBO/WWE

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