Reporter Devon O'Neil of ESPN has closely followed the career of Swedish alpinist and skier Andreas Fransson for years. When the trailer for Tempting Fear, a new movie about Fransson was released this week, he wrote a detailed review that went into the evolution of the athlete and the film.
When Mike Douglas of Switchback Entertainment first set out to film the 29-year-old skier, he was hoping to make a five-minute short. Fransson broke his neck and nearly died in a 2010 avalanche on the Col de l'Aiguille Verte and had a reputation as one of the best extreme skiers in Chamonix. As Douglas discovered, the skier also had a knack for articulating his descents and vision that needed a bigger treatment. "But I started reading his blog and thought, Wow, this guy is way more interesting than the average pro skier out there," Douglas told O'Neil . "Shortly after starting, I realized it would be a shame to only spend five minutes in his head."