Various sources on the Internet claim that Samuel Beckett drove Andre the Giant to school: e.g. Wikipedia
, Mental Floss
, Historical Meet-ups
. It's a popular enough story to have spawned a play
and a short story
Most sources trace it back, if they give a source at all, to this anecdote
from Cary Elwes from the 2001 special edition of The Princess Bride, where he claims that Andre used to tell the story on the set.
The story's not inherently impossible: Andre was born in Coulomiers, France,* and raised not far away in Ussy-sur-Marne, where Beckett had his country home.
So here's the question: is there any source for this story that predates Cary Elwes' telling on the Princess Bride DVD? Is there, in particular, any direct evidence of Andre or Beckett telling this story?
*as his nephew insists on the French wikipedia talk page