Eddie - Strongman

Synopsis: Truck mechanic, husband and father of two, Eddie Hall wants to be the World's Strongest Man. This feature documentary vividly illustrates the sacrifices that this extremely driven man must make to chase his dream. He will stop at nothing. He trains, eats, sleeps and breathes strongman, competing all over the world and breaking records. He faces not only gargantuan competitors, but his own inner demons as he strives to leave behind the scars of his teenage years. This film gets under the skin of a man totally dedicated to becoming the greatest and offers an engrossing snapshot of an unforgettable character, Eddie - Strongman.
Genre: Documentary
 
IMDB:
7.5
TV-14
Year:
2015
98 min
14 Views

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[sirens wailing]

-[Eddie] Stoke-on-Trent.

-[hymn-like music]

-We are the common mock of England.

-[people laughing and talking]

Punched and caked up.

It's my home town.

It used to be

the global capital of pottery,

of industry of metal works.

Over the last few decades,

all the big factories are closed down.

And now we're just left with the slums

of where the workers lived...

with no places to work.

Unemployment rate's through the roof.

Lots of drugs and crime.

It's a pretty rough place.

Growing up here, I think that's one of the

things that led me to get in to Strongman.

[people cheering]

-[man in crowd] Hold it up, Eddie!

-[woman talking]

[crowd laughing]

[man in crowd] Come on, Eddie.

[man 2 in crowd] Move, Eddie.

[crowd] Come on, Eddie. Come on.

-[commentator] I see some spades up.

-[crowd talking]

[Eddie grunts]

[commentator] He's gonna go for it.

He's gonna attack this, come on.

-Here we go.

-[man in crowd] Come on, Eddie.

[commentator shouting]

Here we go. Arms on the lock. Here we go.

[commentator] Medics. Please, medics.

Medics. Just leave him,

just leave, please.

-Medics...

-[mumbled speech]

[Eddie] Unless somebody

tells me to stop, or I actually die,

I will be World's Strongest Man.

[Irish folk music playing] Have you

heard about the big strong man

He lives in a caravan

Have you heard

about the Jeffrey Johnson fight

Oh what a hell of a fight

You can take

all the heavyweights you've got

We've got a lad

who can beat the whole lot

He used to ring the bells

in the Belfry

Now he's gone to fight Jack Dempsey

That's me brother Sylvest'

What's he got?

A row of forty medals on his chest

Big chest

He killed fifty bad men in the west

He knows no rest

Think of a man hells' fire

Don't push just shove

Plenty of room for you and me

He's got an arm like a leg

A ladies' leg

And a punch that would sink a battleship

Big ship

He killed fifty bad men in the west

He knows no rest

Think of a man hells' fire

Don't push just shove

Plenty of room for you and me

He's got an arm like a leg

A ladies' leg

And a punch that would sink a battleship

Big ship

It takes all of the Army and the Navy

to put the wind up Sylvest'

[Eddie] See you, babe.

Everyone's in the same boat.

You know, sponsorship doesn't

really exist for athletes like myself.

Think if it was, er...

If it was a pro darts player, you know.

I'd be in a fucking mansion now, but...

I'd probably get more money

for playing fucking Tiddlywinks...

in England.

I've got World's Strongest Man

coming up in a couple of weeks.

I just want to get in that final

and just prove I got status.

I'm good enough to be

in top five, top six, top five.

This country hasn't had

a Strongman champion in nearly,

well, over 25 years. And back then...

the likes of Geoff Capes was, you know,

in charge of the World's Strongest Man.

Er, you know, they were making video games

of him and you know, he was just...

he was just like a god in England.

Erm, I... I really believe that if I were

to bring the World's Strongest Man title

back to England,

that faze would go off again.

Everyone will be talking about it.

Everyone, you know, everyone who works

in offices will be talking about it.

Everyone in the pubs

will be talking about it.

And I really, I genuinely think

the money will come back into the sport.

Currently I'm a HGV mechanic.

Working Monday to Friday

and in charge of trucks, just maintaining.

It's a pretty simple job,

but it's hard graft heavy.

With the World's Strongman events, we have

to pull these sort of trucks all the time.

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