I Am Evel Knievel DVD BiographyWhen speaking on “I Am Evel Knievel” – the new documentary biography of Evel Knievel – actor Matthew McConaughey says “(Evel) didn’t have a death wish. He had a life wish.”
This quote sets off the mood for the new film, which recently was released on Digital Platforms, Blu-Ray and DVD from Virgil Films.I Am Evel Knievel retraces the life and career of Evel Knievel, who is the most iconic American motorcycle stunt rider that made his fame from the mid-1960s through the 1970s. Throughout his motorcycle-stunt career, he attempted over 70 motorcycle jumps, flying through the air over crowd-attracting things like buses and the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.Evel rode at a time when jumps weren’t mathematically planned, and it all came down to the rider. Throughout his stunt career, Evel suffered some serious crashes, and broke 430 bones, which earned him an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as a survivor of “most bones broken in a lifetime.”Speaking of Evel, Virgil films says “Sporting flashy leather jumpsuits and a wide grin in the face of death, Knievel became a national hero whose outrageous feats were broadcast on live TV.”I Am Evel Knievel begins in the small-town in Butte, Montana, where Evel was born, and follows him throughout his many performances as rodeo rider, pole-vaulter, semi-pro hockey player, motocross racer and even as an insurance salesman.I Am Evel Knievel – from producer-director Derik Murray (I Am Chris Farley, I Am Steve McQueen, I Am Bruce Lee), director-writer David Ray (I Am Steve McQueen) and writer-executive producer Paul Gertz (I Am Chris Farley, Johnny Cash: American Rebel) – features footage of Knievel’s greatest jumps, including his first major attempt, over the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and the Snake River Canyon jump in Idaho.Many celebrities talk in the I Am Evel Knievel documentary, including Matthew McConaughey, Kid Rock, Michelle Rodriguez, Guy Fieri, funnyman Bob Einstein (whose character Super Dave Osborne was directly inspired by Knievel), stunt rider Robbie Maddison and family members including sons Kelly and Robbie, and former wives Linda Knievel and Krystal Kennedy-Knievel.For additional information, www.VirgilFilmsEnt.com.