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Novelist Samuel Beckett Used To Drive Andre The Giant To School
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Samuel Beckett was a Nobel Prize-winning novelist and playwright, best known for such revolutionary works as Waiting For Godot and everything else that ripped off Waiting For Godot. Andre the Giant was a professional wrestler, best known for being impossibly large and delivering barely intelligible jokes in The Princess Bride through the thickest French accent ever recorded on film. In other words, these were two very different dudes.
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They look like they're from different planets.
Yet through an improbable series of events, Beckett wound up driving Andre the Giant to school, because the universe occasionally behaves like a drunken mad lib.
Though Beckett was Irish, he lived most of his life in France (he even joined the French resistance against the Nazis, presumably using his ferocious perpetual scowl to its maximum regime-toppling effect). In 1953, he bought some land outside of Paris and recruited some locals to help him build a cottage there. One of these locals was a Bulgarian-born farmer named Boris Roussimoff, who had a little kid named Andre -- "little" being a relative term. By the time Andre was 12 years old, he was already over 6 feet tall and weighed 240 pounds, which is larger than anyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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"Oh, excuse me, sir."
"Jacques, please call me Andre; we're brothers."
The point is, young Andre had become too big to take the bus to school, so -- according to Andre's Princess Bride co-star, Cary Elwes -- Beckett began driving him to class in his truck. Even though their conversations weren't the most stimulating (unless you love French cricket), this magical pairing has inspired plays, short stories, comics, and hopefully one day a buddy cop film and accompanying video game. If it's not already in the works, please, somebody go Kickstart that project.
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