A great read for fans of The Princess Bride movie (or book), but best read after you’ve seen the movie. If you haven’t seen the movie, you should see it. Really.
The book is the story of Cary Elwes’ experience with the Princess Bride movie–from his audition, through the making of the movie, to the fan reception that eventually made it a cult classic. There’s all kinds of details and funny stories about the rather complicated process of movie making. Spoilers abound, as he warns early on–so this is a good book for people who either don’t mind spoilers or have seen the movie a few times.
It’s impressive just how much work can go into acting, especially if they’re not using stunt doubles too often. He describes the monumental amount of work that went into one sword-fighting scene in particular–literally months of back-breaking effort for a few minutes of film. And a few little disasters happen along the way, of course. Elwes in particular makes one silly choice. From their perspective, actors are regular people, with fears and worries and dreams. You know that, but nothing makes it clear like reading their own words.
As a bonus, in the center section are a bunch of black and white and color photos, some of which fans will recognize from the movie, and some behind the scenes pictures. Scattered throughout are text-box interview snippets from actors Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, Mandy Patinkin, author/ screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.
Informative and funny, a wonderful inside look at the making of a cult classic.