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I happened to see on Twitter that today was the 30th anniversary of The Princess Bride, which I guess makes it a good day to post about As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride.

This is Cary Elwes' memoir of the making of the film, a book I had vaguely meant to read for years, but did not actually get around to until our new roommate left his copy in the house this summer as a sort of placeholder before actually moving in. It's very charming! I'd sort of always had a vague sense that Cary Elwes must in some way resent being forever branded as The Man In Black, and I'm sure that at some points he has and does, but this write-up is probably the most overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic Hollywood making-of memoir I've ever read. It's clearly intended for people who love the film and want to go on loving it, without a complicated feeling in sight.

My favorite part was probably the enthusiastic things that Cary Elwes and everyone interviewed had to say about Robin Wright and her acting as Buttercup; they're all like "we sailed through on jokes! playing the straight man is the hardest role in the cast! ALSO SHE CAME FROM SOAP OPERAS, SOAP OPERAS ARE SO HARD, DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY LINES PER DAY --" I went in braced to feel vaguely defensive of Robin Wright and Buttercup, as I so often do, and instead I was charmed and endeared!

I also enjoyed accounts of:
- Mandy Patinkin turning up to the first rehearsal with six months of sword practice under his belt, much to Cary Elwes' dismay
- William Goldman freaking out about Rob Reiner setting the leading lady on fire
- Andre the Giant accidentally conking Cary Elwes out on set
- Cary Elwes carefully arranging himself on the grass in an elegant lounging position to hide that he'd broken an ankle joyriding in a golf card
- so much detailed description of sword training and fight choreography! *__* SO MUCH

Date: 2017-09-26 02:30 am (UTC)
sovay: (Sydney Carton)
From: [personal profile] sovay
I went in braced to feel vaguely defensive of Robin Wright and Buttercup, as I so often do, and instead I was charmed and endeared!

That's really nice!

Date: 2017-09-26 02:31 am (UTC)
china_shop: Neal going "Oooh!" (WC Neal - Ooh!)
From: [personal profile] china_shop
Ooh, that sounds delightful. :-)

Date: 2017-09-27 02:06 am (UTC)
china_shop: Fraser giving thumbs up (Fraser thumbs up)
From: [personal profile] china_shop
I just got it out of the library. :-D

Date: 2017-09-26 02:33 am (UTC)
musesfool: a sword (honour demands it)
From: [personal profile] musesfool
Oh yay! This is on my list to read. I guess I should bump it up.

Date: 2017-09-26 02:49 am (UTC)
ckd: small blue foam shark (Default)
From: [personal profile] ckd
I should re-read this; I got it from the library shortly after it came out, and it turns out that there's a copy currently available at my local branch. Clearly this is a sign.

Date: 2017-09-26 03:06 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
That book was so sweet! I hear the audiobook is even better.

Date: 2017-09-26 11:02 pm (UTC)
bookblather: A picture of Yomiko Readman looking at books with the text "bookgasm." (Default)
From: [personal profile] bookblather
The audiobook is definitely better because Cary Elwes's imitations of various people are AMAZING. It's why I recommend people listen to Rob Lowe's autobiography on audiobook too, because his impression of Christopher Walken must be heard.

Date: 2017-09-26 10:18 am (UTC)
nevanna: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nevanna
That book was so delightful! I especially loved the Andre the Giant bits.

Date: 2017-09-26 11:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amelia_petkova
It really is a wonderful book. I made the director at my former library buy a copy as soon as it was published. Still can't get over how sweet Elwes is about Robin Wright--my favorite part about the two of them is probably when he's saying how they insisted on extra takes of the final kiss.

Date: 2017-09-27 12:37 am (UTC)
in_the_blue: (it's FANtastic!)
From: [personal profile] in_the_blue
I loved this book so hard.

Date: 2017-09-27 01:24 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (mermaid (roxicons))
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
That sounds wonderful. *^^*

Date: 2017-10-01 06:15 am (UTC)
weaver: (Default)
From: [personal profile] weaver
i just bought two copies because my sister clearly needs one, too. Look at you, ruining my budget. ♥

Date: 2017-10-03 12:24 pm (UTC)
katta: Photo of Diane from Jake 2.0 with Jake's face showing on the computer monitor behind her, and the text Talk geeky to me. (Default)
From: [personal profile] katta
This is delightful! I should search that book out, but in the meantime, thank you so much for these morsels!

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