Bigger Stronger Faster

Synopsis: In America, we define ourselves in the superlative: we are the biggest, strongest, fastest country in the world. Is it any wonder that so many of our heroes are on performance enhancing drugs? Director Christopher Bell explores America's win-at-all-cost culture by examining how his two brothers became members of the steroid-subculture in an effort to realize their American dream.
Director(s): Chris Bell
Production: Magnolia
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.6
Metacritic:
80
Rotten Tomatoes:
96%
PG-13
Year:
2008
105 min
$216,748
Website
58 Views


CHRIS BELL:

January 23, 1984.

It was a day that

changed my life forever.

PRESIDENT REAGAN:... The muscle,

the moral courage that built

the greatest, freest nation

the world has ever known.

CHRIS:
Ronald Reagan

was our President

and there was trouble

brewing in Iran.

I was just a kid,

but I knew

who was behind it.

His name was

The Iron Sheik.

ANNOUNCER:

From Tehran, Iran,

weighing 258 Ibs,

The Iron Sheik!

COMMENTATOR:
They have a lot of

hate in their hearts for this man.

Iran- number one!

U.S.A.-

CHRIS:
You see, Reagan

may have freed the hostages

but The Sheik still had

the championship belt.

There was only one man

that could save us.

I am a real

American...

ANNOUNCER:
From Venice

Beach, California,

the incredible

Hulk Hogan!

COMMENTATOR:
And the

Hulkster rips off that shirt.

CHRIS:
But three

minutes into the match

Hulk Hogan was locked in

the dreaded camel clutch.

COMMENTATOR:

It's over for the Hulk.

CHRIS:
This move would snap

the back of a normal man,

But this wasn't

a normal man.

This was Hulk Hogan

and he was fighting

for our country.

The Hulkster got out

of the camel clutch

with the Sheik

on his back,

dropped the big leg

and he pinned

the Sheik.

Hulkamania was born

and the message was clear-

You don't mess

with Hulk Hogan

and you certainly

don't mess with America.

I must break you.

CHRIS:
Look what

happened to Ivan Drago.

He tried to mess

with America

and Rocky

kicked his ass.

And then when the Vietnamese

were holding P.O.W.S

Rambo went in and

he kicked their ass.

And in the spirit

of Rambo

let me tell you we're

gonna win this time.

CHRIS:
Then came

Arnold Schwarzenegger,

The ultimate

ass-kicker.

I never saw "Gone With

the Wind" or "Casablanca,"

but I can tell you every

line of every Arnold movie.

"Crush your enemies, see

them driven before you

and hear the lamentations

of the women. "

"Dylan,

you son of a bitch. "

And they go bam! And they're all oiled

up and their veins are popping out.

I have the power!

TV ANNOUNCER:

Better, Stronger, Faster.

CHRIS:
I was just 12 years old

and there was an explosion

of ass-kicking in America.

REAGAN:
And like

our Olympic athletes

we set our sights

on the stars

and we're going

for the gold.

the eye of the tiger.

CHRIS:
I wanted to

tear off my shirt

and be ripped, tanned

and larger than life.

But in reality

I was a fat, pale kid

from Poughkeepsie.

You see, I come from

an overweight family.

My parents were always a

little on the heavy side.

I couldn't ask

for a better mom.

She did everything

for her three boys.

We went to church

three times a week

and she even taught

Sunday school.

My dad was always

there for us too

and he even coached

our little league teams.

I love my dad, but he

was never really my hero.

I didn't want

to be like him.

I wanted to be

like Arnold.

Problem is, I was always

too small, too short.

People would say, "Hey, Little Bell.

What's up, Little Bell?"

And I didn't want

to be Little Bell.

I wanted to be

Big Bell.

My older brother Mike

was a little chubby

and every morning

when he went to school

he'd get on the bus and the

kids would call him Pugsley.

He didn't like that

too much,

so he beat

some of those kids up.

That's where he got

the nickname "Mad Dog. "

Mark was

the baby of the family.

He had a hard time

in school.

He was separated

from his friends

and put in the class

with the special kids.

It didn't make him feel

very special at all.

He hated school,

So he spent all of his

time playing sports.

He'd come to the dinner

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