Andre the Giant
Among her other work, Amanda Visell makes beautiful one-of-a-kind wooden "action figures" based on pop culture characters, complete with box art and accessories. We've featured them twice before, but we couldn't resist Wonder Woman.
The trailer for Jack The Giant Slayer looked surprisingly good. So good that I actually want to see it. You know what would make Jack even better? If instead of being the movie that it is, it was really just The Princess Bride, because The Princess Bride is the best movie. That's why Lance Ford, a video editor and guy I want to hang out with now, mashed up the two to create Jack The Andre The Giant Slayer. It probably won't make you run out to see Jack, but I'm certainly watching The Princess Bride once I'm done writing this.
Aaaaaas Yooooou WiiiiiiiiiiiishConsider my heart officially warmed. The cast of The Princess Bride got together last night at a special New York Film Festival screening to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their classic film. Absent from the screening was, of course, André the Giant, a.k.a. Fezzik, who passed away in 1993. In a post-screening Q&A, Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya) shared with the 1,000-strong audience how André comforted a deathly-afrid-of-heights Wallace Shawn (Vizzini) during the Cliffs of Insanity scene by cradling the actor—who was a good two feet shorter than him—in a makeshift papoose, patting him on the head and saying "Don't worry. I'll take care of you." I'm sorry, I just have something in my eye...
We don't normally post many "today I learned" posts, but this one is just too awesome. Anyone who has ever watched wrestling back in the good ol' days or has seen The Princess Bride knows that André the Giant was a massive, humongous -- ahem, giant -- guy. The famous Hulk Hogan was billed as 6 feet 7 inches tall, and everyone should remember this iconic moment between he and André, in which André made a guy who billed as the average height of an NBA player look tiny. When André was 12, he was already over 6 feet tall and weighed 240 pounds. He was too big to fit on the local school bus and his family didn't have the money to buy a car that could deal with his weight if it drove him to and from school.
Samuel Beckett, Nobel Prize winner (literature) and esteemed playwright, probably most noted for Waiting for Godot, bought some land in 1953 near a hamlet around forty miles northeast of Paris and built a cottage for himself with the help of some locals. One of the locals that helped him build the cottage was a Bulgarian-born farmer named Boris Rousimoff, who Beckett befriended and would sometimes play cards with. As you might've been able to guess, Rousimoff's son was André the Giant, and when Beckett found out that Rousimoff was having trouble getting his son to school, Beckett offered to drive André to school in his truck -- a vehicle that could fit André -- to repay Rousimoff for helping to build Beckett's cottage. Adorably, when André recounted the drives with Beckett, he revealed they rarely talked about anything other than cricket.
(Historical Meet-Ups via reddit)