"André the Giant" Documentary Review (w/ Pat Laprade)


Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/04/20/andre-the-giant-documentary-review-w-pat-laprade/

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John Pollock and Wai Ting provide a comprehensive review of HBO Sports’ André the Giant documentary chronicling the life and career of the late André Rousimoff.

Following the review, the two are joined by historian and author Pat Laprade to discuss his experience working as a field producer for the film. Pat talks about traveling to France to interview André’s family, how he felt Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan came across in the documentary, and his upcoming book on the life of André the Giant.

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It’s been almost a year since this movie came out and i finally was able to watch it and i have to tell you, this was a better movie then i expected as they were able to bring the emotion out of the story of Andre the giant and not just try to rehash the same stuff everybody had release in the past. My favorite part came at the end of the movie. It was a very shuttle thing and really wasn’t what was said but the non verbal action that happen during the part that really got me. It’s when the interviewers ask Vince Mcmahon if the death of Andre affected him more then other wrestlers. Then you see vince trying to hide his emotion the best he could, pulls on his ear lob and then threw a one liner to try and change the subject. You could clearly see at that point how much Andre’s death had affected him but was trying to keep his tough guy image in front of the camera.

You knew right there that Vince was a human being and the fact that his relationship with Andre ended on bad terms truly effected him and that i would have loved to mend the bridge before andre past away. I guessing that’s why they started the WWE hall of fame the same year. This probably was is way of paying tribute to a guy that he considered as a friend or even more then a friend to him.

Anyway, i don’t know if anybody got any thought on the movie or even remember seeing it. I just wanted to write my thought on the movie and since their was a thread made already and they did a podcast about it last year, i thought it was the right place to put my thought on the movie instead of starting a new thread.