Lanny “The Genius” Poffo spoke with the Tampa Bay Times about Andre The Giant, who has a documentary premiering soon on HBO.

On how Andre was in the ring:

“He never physically took advantage of people, but he could have if he wanted to. He was careful with everyone. He didn’t want to hurt people.”

On Andre forgetting his deck of cards for killing time in the locker room and Poffo happened to have one:

“Playing cards was his one of his favorite things to do in life. He took his big hand, put it behind my neck and gave me a kiss on both cheeks. From then on he called me ‘boss man.’ I was like the mouse that took the thorn out of his paw and we were friends for life.”

On Andre and Macho Man Randy Savage’s beef:

“Andre hated baby oil, but Randy wouldn’t stop wearing it. He stubbornly said Andre’s gimmick is being a giant and mine is baby oil. He never backed down from Andre and they never got along because of it.”

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