Wednesday, December 10, 2014

As You Wish

If you like the movie The Princess Bride, then you'll like the new book As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes (the actor who played Westley, aka Dread Pirate Robert).  I recenly listened to the audiobook version, read by Elwes, and it was very interesting.    

The book is full of stories about the making of the movie.  Starting long before the movie and includes the story of how Rob Reiner got his shot at the story.  It includes many personal accounts and memories from various actors as well as Rob and William Goldman.  The audiobook even includes many of these actors reading their own stories.  The book was clearly a team effort.

Cary included several nice stories about working, and bar-hopping, with Andre the Giant.   How he and Mandy learned to sword fight.  How he got the crew to let him dive head first into the quicksand; the script had him jumping in feet first, which is much less heroic.  Cary also describes a great working environment as the cast and crew were all housed together in a small UK village for the location shoots.

You can see some of these same stories told by the same people in youtube videos that were posted a few years ago, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the movie's release.

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