In 2016, it was announced that a biographical film about the life of Chris Benoit called “Crossface” was being prepared. However, the plans changed according to David Benoit after the director wanted to add a segment on double homicide / suicide. Benoit’s son, David, told Chris Van Vliet in an interview this week that the movie has been discarded.
“There was a director, every brother. We had to intervene because they wanted to make the tragedy about how everything happened. So we said no,” David announced. “They needed our permission. She sent us the script and then the end was that all the murder / suicide was going to be everything. We said no.”
While the film will no longer be produced, David noted that the family has thought of making a documentary of his own, and noted: “I have so many homemade videos of him just fooling around.”
Now more than ever, sports corporations focus on the health and well-being of their athletes. David believes that his father was the first to inspire commissioners to focus on the health of their athletes and concussion protocols to prevent future reports of CTE.
“My father changed all sports if you really think about it,” David said. “That’s a good thing that came out of that. All sports are taking better care of their athletes now. I totally agree.”
With the legacy that Chris left, David hopes that his father will be included in the WWE Hall of Fame someday. Throughout the interview, David mentioned that he wants WWE to stop tarnishing his father and instead focus on the contributions he made in wrestling.
“I would like WWE to remember it, at least for the good times,” said David. “I want it in the Hall of Fame.”
David says that if there is a day when WWE decides to induce his father, he wants to be the one to deliver the speech. While David doesn’t know what he would say, he thinks he could come up with something inspiring.
“I think I could throw something,” David admitted. “When his music hits, he gets goosebumps, goosebumps, all the time. Every time you listen [Chris’] music theme, you knew you were going to get a fucking five-star match. ”
You can watch David Benoit’s full interview above. If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit Chris Van Vliet with h / t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcript.