A WWE-produced coming-of-age dramedy, written and directed by Michael Pavone. The film stars Ed Harris, Chase Ellison, Molly Parker, Daniel Roebuck, Daniel Yelsky, Alexander Walters, Mia Rose Frampton, Amy Madigan and professional wrestler Randy Orton.
Set in California against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, “THAT’S WHAT I AM” follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of suffering overwhelming ridicule and punishment from his junior high school peers.
Everyone’s favorite teacher, Mr. Simon (Harris), pairs Andy with the school’s biggest outcast and social pariah, Stanley aka “Big G” (Walters), on a critical school project. Sporting thick orange hair, a head too big for his body and ears too big for his head, “Big G” has been the object of ridicule since grade school. Before long, Andy will learn that there was truly a method behind Mr. Simon’s madness as to why he teamed these two up.
When Andy watches “Big G” fearlessly confront the school bully about the incident, a series of events are triggered. Much to Andy’s surprise, he learns that “Big G” is a brilliant, kind, tolerant human being, who has more dignity than anyone Andy has ever encountered. “Big G” personifies Mr. Simon’s four word answer on how to obtain world peace: HUMAN DIGNITY + COMPASSION = PEACE.