Director David Sinnott spent the past five years in multiple countries making a film called “Nine Legends,” which profiles Goldberg, Mike Tyson, Randy Couture, Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam, Lita, Dynamite Kid and Ted DiBiase.
The film is designed to get a perspective of their professional and personal accomplishments and thought processes. It features original interviews with all of the athletes in addition to unearthed archive footage (some from their personal collections).
Email interview with Dave Sinnott
JV: How would you describe “Nine Legends”?
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DS: “Nine Legends” is a film which profiles nine legendary athletes from diverse backgrounds and eras. For example it features Bret Hart and Mike Tyson talking about the WWE, but in the early 90s and late 90s, respectively. Bill Goldberg discusses beating Hulk Hogan for the WCW world championship in 1998. Rob Van Dam discusses his character evolution in ECW. And that’s just a surface skim really. The athletes talk about a variety of subjects which mean a lot to them ranging from art, relationships, religion and ethics.
JV: What is your background in film?
DS: I started to study film making and screenwriting in 2003. I would produce shorts for many years until I began making my first feature documentary in 2006 which wrestling fans may remember, “Bloodstained Memoirs.” Filming finished for that in 2009, and it would go on to be distributed by Revolver Entertainment. I had an itch to make another wrestling film which is why I produced “Nine Legends.” The film took several years to make and countless hours of work went into it; so it’s something I’m very proud of, and the reaction to the work has been very flattering.
JV: Were you a wrestling/boxing fan growing up and if so who were your favorites?
DS: Yes to both. The answer to this is going to seem so contrived, but I was a huge wrestling fan growing up, and my favorite wrestler was always Bret Hart; so obviously it was great to finally work with him on “Nine Legends.” I was always a very casual boxing fan. I wouldn’t know the month to month happenings, but I'd always get caught up in the excitement of the big fights. And again it’s going to seem contrived, but the biggest example of this I can remember from my youth was the Mike Tyson comeback in the 90s. I remember there being lots of talk and anticipation for the Frank Bruno rematch in 1996. I remember market stalls in Bethnal Green all having posters of Frank Bruno hanging up as he was a Londoner obviously. This was right around the time of the buildup for Wrestlemania 12 which was headlined by Bret Hart. If you would have told me back then as a 10-year-old boy that I’d eventually wind up working with those two on a film, and the Miami Herald would want to talk to me about it, it would have blown my mind.
JV: Who did you find most interesting to talk to on this project?
DS: Probably the Dynamite Kid. He was the most elusive to find. He was the one shrouded in the most controversy and notoriety. The purpose of his interview wasn’t to dig up dirt or explore troubling rumors. It was to talk about his craft. When I spoke with him, he had never told his story with the cameras rolling before; so I was very concerned with getting a good interview out of him, and I put a lot of effort into making sure I got good content. I was very interested in speaking to Dynamite Kid to see what sort of person I would find.
JV: How were you able to amass all this talent?
DS: A bit of hard work and a bit of luck. A couple of the wrestlers I had worked with before. A few had seen my previous work and felt comfortable with the content I produce, and others I was able to just put a successful pitch toward.
JV: Was there someone who surprised you at what they had to say? If so, why?
DS: In some respects I was surprised that Rob Van Dam knew so much about all things marijuana. It’s well known Rob is an advocate of the drug, and when I got in contact with him, I put forward a forum where he could really express his beliefs, and once we got rolling, it turned out he had a knowledge and passion for the subject that I didn't realize existed in him. Rob is such a popular wrestler, and I feel a lot of his fans are going to get a completely new perspective of the man.
JV: Are you interested in doing a follow-up titled “Nine More Legends”? If so, who would you like to speak to?
DS: Never say never, but after 10 years of covering the wrestling world, I think “Nine Legends” is the perfect way to end my journey exploring the genre to be honest. There were two wrestlers I wanted to be involved with this project, and they were Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage, and both are sadly now gone. I had a couple of conversations with Warrior on the phone, and there was an interest, but ultimately he didn’t want to do the project as he didn’t want to be in the same film which one of the other wrestlers who I won’t mention was already attached to. But the door was open for another project which will obviously never be now. I never spoke with Randy Savage, but I put a feeler out to somebody who remained close with him. Sadly he passed away shortly afterward.
JV: What was your happiest moment in making “Nine Legends”?
DS: I’m really fortunate to have a ton of great memories and experiences in making the film, and I’m also fortunate to have a great memory where I can remember a lot of the tiny moments. The Mike Tyson interview was filmed in my suite in Wales, and I remember just sitting there on the balcony after everybody had left feeling a huge sense of achievement, which in all honesty I don't know whether I’ll ever feel that again. I hope I do, but for a guy from a humble background, I raised the bar pretty high for myself that day. I really felt that, and I still do; so that's certainly a highlight. Getting the interview with Goldberg really stands out as another highlight because I really appreciated how much of a game changer that would be for me. I had a good time interviewing Jericho for a second time in Camden because it’s a place I venture to a lot, and I always think about that day when I go down there for a drink. I really am a lucky guy.
The film can be streamed at
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