By Joules Dellinger
I’ve been on a bit of a behind-the-scenes kick in my reading lately and my latest book that added to my Fun Facts arsenal is “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride” by Cary Elwes (with Joe Layden). The Princess Bride (1987) is one of my favorite childhood movies, so I was so excited to read about the making of the movie that I basically devoured the book.
And then – of course – after reading the book, it was necessary for me to re-watch the movie for the 1,019th time (may be a slight exaggeration… slightly).
First, let’s have a little refresher, starting off with adding The Princess Bride to your queue:
Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Peter Cook, Mel Smith, Carol Kane, Billy Crystal, and so many more!
Synopsis: Blending comedy, adventure, romance and fantasy, this cult classic follows peasant farmhand Westley as he battles three bumbling outlaws and a nefarious prince to win the hand of his one true love, a young woman named Buttercup.
Okay, on to some of my favorite Fun Facts from “As You Wish”!
Fun Fact 1:
When Cary Elwes read the part for the producers he had no idea how perfect he was… and when they called with the deal he told his agent to accept the offer right away before they had the chance to change their minds!
Fun Fact 2:
Basically EVERYONE in the cast was smitten with Robin Wright, who played Buttercup.
Fun Fact 3:
Andre the Giant could put away some alcohol! According to the book, his daily consumption of alcohol was “a case of beer, three bottles of wine, and a couple bottles of brandy.” Even with all that, Elwes said that he never even noticed any sign of the alcohol affecting him.
Fun Fact 4:
Westley’s mustache was fake. In the book, Elwes points out that it wasn’t because he couldn’t grow one, but because the scenes were filmed out of order.
Fun Fact 5:
Elwes broke his toe having a bit of a joyride on Andre the Giant’s ATV. If you watch carefully during the scene before Westley tells Buttercup his true identity, he’s in kind of an odd position (due to the swelling in his foot). Also, he blames that for the weird little hop he does when they are running toward the Fire swamp as that was the best he could do with his poor broken toe!
You can see the scene here (unfortunately it cuts off before the hop!):
Joules Dellinger has been blogging since 2011 at Pocketful of Joules on everything from fashion, travel, parenting, thrifting and lots of lots of silliness.
She likes movies where the women kick butt and the men are goofy (and shirtless). She doesn’t care which Kardashian is pregnant and thinks Beyoncé is overrated. Follow her on Twitter at @JoulesDellinger or on Instagram at @PocketfulofJoules.