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As You Wish – Cary Elwes

Title: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

Author: Cary Elwes

Genre: Memoir

Plot: Cary Elwes, who plays Westly in The Princess Bride, talks about his time filming the classic movie. He talks about how he was cast in the movie, the classic scenes (the fight scene, Miracle Max scene, end scene kiss, pit of despair, and fire swamp), his co-stars, behind the scenes, and his sword fight training. He also talked about the fame of his co-stars and how he was the most inexperienced actor. Cary was in awe of the fact that he got to work with such an incredible cast and crew. The book added quotes from Cary’s co-stars, director, and assistant director through out the book. They talk about their time filming the movie, and what they thought of certain scenes, and what happened according to their point of view. Cary talked about how intense his and Mandy Patikan’s (Inigo Montoya) fencing training was. They practiced for months before shooting began and during breaks between filming with two of the best stuntmen and sword fighters in movie making at the time. At last Cary talked about how filming The Princess Bride made a lasting impression on him and some of his co-stars. He accepted the fact that this will be his most well recognized film, and is okay with that. He enjoyed the friendships and memories that he made. He was proud to work on a film that will always remain a classic.

Rating: 4.2 – Fun story about the behind the scenes of a classic movie – The Princess Bride. Cary Elwes (Westly) talks about how he was cast and what happened on and off the set.

Opinion: I got kicks and giggles out of this book. I’ve seen the movie countless times and can quote most of it. I enjoyed learning about how one of my favorite movies was made. It’s easy to forget how much work goes into making a movie. Cary Elwes and Mandy Patikan’s sounded intense and back breaking. It made me wonder if they still remember their fencing moves because of how much they practiced. I got lots of laughs learning that Billy Crystal (Miracle Max) was pretty much given free reign with his scene and that the director and Cary Elwes got kick off set because they couldn’t stop laughing. It’s also easy to forget that even experienced actors feel inadequate for their roles. Wallance Shawn (Fezzini or the inconceivable guy) gave himself hives because he was so worked up about being replaced. After getting a minor injury, Cary, too, felt like he’d be replaced. But the director thought them perfect for their roles and kept them on. I enjoyed learning that the author of the book the movie was based off of wrote the screenplay. I found it curious that no one wanted to produce for years because it was hard to categorize into one genre. It didn’t gain much popularity until it came out on VHS 10 years after it was in theaters. I loved learning more about the making of a classic, and one of my favorite, movies. I hope to read the book it was based off soon. I also hope others can get as much enjoyment out of this book as I did.

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