‘350 Days’ Director On Why the Film Is Not About ‘Wrestling’, Candid Wrestler Interviews, Behind-the-Scenes Stories

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‘350 Days’, a new pro wrestling documentary starring WWE Hall of Famers Bret Hart and ‘Superstar’ Billy Graham, will be released in U.S. cinemas for one day only on July 12th. Tickets for the screenings and more movie details can be found at http://www.fathomevents.com/350days.

I spoke with movie director Fulvio Cecere ahead of the July 12th movie release, and during the interview, Cecere speaks on the inspiration behind the new movie, how he was able to get candid interviews from numerous wrestling legends, what he learned from making the film and more. You can listen to the entire interview in the video player above and below are some interview highlights.

On why he wanted to make the film:

“I came onboard strictly as a filmmaker because I thought the idea was great, very intriguing, my partner had a lot of access to these wrestlers, and he grew up around them, he was a big fan. And I didn’t know anything about it and I think that helped, because I didn’t come to the table as some kind of mark. I came as a director. And so what’s interesting about this story? Well, it’s about their lives, it’s about being away from their family, it’s on the road, how difficult, the highs and lows. So I like to tell people this isn’t a wrestling documentary, it’s a documentary about life. It’s a human interest story, it’s just that the people we interviewed happen to be famous wrestlers.”

On how candid the wrestlers were during interview filming:

“I really felt that we had to make [the wrestlers]comfortable, so they would open up, and know there was no agenda, no WWE bashing or anything like that. We just want to know what their life was like on the road. So we started out in New Jersey, and I found out that Tito Santana’s wife owns a salon in New Jersey. So I’m like, ‘wait a minute, can we ask him if we can shoot there?’ How much more real can that be? He owns a hair salon, let’s shoot right there. So the very first interview he had, a little old lady is getting her haircut in the background, and there is Tito getting talking about his wrestling days. And the second interview was ‘Superstar’ Billy Graham, and I couldn’t believe it. Especially because I hadn’t been a wrestling fan, I didn’t know what was going on, and he starts talking about the steroids, and drugs and ringrats, and I’m like, ‘holy crap, you know the camera is rolling right?'”

Also during the interview, Cecere recalls some behind-the-scenes stories from movie filming, talks moments from the film that did not make the final cut and more. You can watch the full interview above, and below is the official movie trailer and poster.

“350 Days” offers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of professional wrestling featuring interviews and photographs with legendary wrestlers and rare in-ring footage! Starring former world champions Bret Hart and Billy Graham, it is a true look behind the curtains at the grueling life they led on the road 350 days a year and the effect that lifestyle had on their marriages, family, physical and mental health.

Featuring Greg Valentine, Tito Santana, Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff, Abdullah The Butcher, Wendi Richter, Bill Eadie, Nikolai Volkoff, Stan Hansen, Angelo Mosca, Lex Luger, and more, the event also includes some of the last interviews ever done with George “The Animal” Steele, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Ox Baker, The Wolfman, Don Fargo, and 99-year-old Angelo Savoldi.

This one-night event will also feature an exclusive introduction and interview with JJ Dillon (manager of The Four Horsemen) to discuss the impact of the film and the current state of professional wrestling.

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