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“Cary Elwes' book recounts the wacky antics of Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner and others behind 'The Princess Bride'… . [A] delightful remembrance of the three months he spent making the unsung movie that went on to become a family classic.” (New York Daily News)

“A tender, comical behind-the-scenes look at the 1987 classic.” (US Weekly)

“Filled with fun tidbits from the cast about making a movie that became an unlikely classic.” (Los Angeles Magazine)

“[A] fascinating memoir…Cary Elwes has proved that he is as adept with the mighty pen as he is with the powerful sword. …A treasure trove of fascinating behind-the-scenes accounts. … As You Wish is thoughtfully and seamlessly compiled.” (New Orleans Living Magazine)

“Even if you don’t have a crush on Cary Elwes, you’ll enjoy this vivid behind-the-scenes account of the making of The Princess Bride. His stories, especially those involving Andre the Giant, will leave you in stitches. Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, and others also recount their experiences. An amusing account of a group of performers who came together to make a heartfelt film that is loved by many.” (Library Journal)

“The movie The Princess Bride achieved a certain cinematic magic, which Elwes (Westley) captures in his warm and revealing behind-the-scenes account.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Designed to hit all fan-service sweet spots for folks familiar with the film, as it’s stuffed with photos, recollections, and interviews with relevant parties. The book’s dust jacket is even a Shepard Fairey print, for crying out loud. I never had a chance.” (The A.V. Club)

“Cary Elwes' memoir will make you want to watch The Princess Bride at least 100 more times.” (SheKnows.com)

“This is an entertaining tale of how 24-year-old Elwes learned how to ride a horse in the Rob Reiner adaptation of William Goldman’s screenplay (and original, brilliant book).” (Flavorwire.com) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Cary Elwes is a celebrated English actor who starred in The Princess Bride before moving on to roles in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Glory, Days of Thunder, Twister, and Saw, among many other acclaimed performances. He will always be indebted to The Princess Bride, he says, for changing his life and giving him a career that has spanned decades. He lives in Hollywood, California, with his family. Find out more about Cary Elwes on Twitter @Cary_Elwes.

Joe Layden has authored or coauthored more than thirty books, including multiple New York Times bestsellers.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442383453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442383456
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (854 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very fun and easy to read and enjoy.
Callie
Told by Cary Elwes it has several behind the scenes stories and secrets from making this great movie.
Bill
I really loved that Mr. Elwes told stories, but did not tell tales.
Melzy

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190 of 195 people found the following review helpful By Dana Williams on October 15, 2014
Format: Audible Audio Edition
Probably the fastest I've ever listened to an audiobook. The impressions alone are worth the money, not to mention the great stories about the making of "The Princess Bride." I couldn't stop listening. What impressed me the most was the clear love and admiration the cast and crew had and still have for each other. You can HEAR it in their voices as they talk about each other. Most loved was Andre the Giant. I loved hearing the different impressions of him from Elwes, Reiner, and I believe Sarandon or Guest. You hear how much training and work went into the Greatest Swordfight in Modern History. To hear that Robin Wright and Cary Elwes wanted to keep doing more takes of the final kiss is beyond adorable. Rob Reiner sounds like the nicest guy ever, and I now want to read every book William Goldman ever wrote. I'm sure a dustcover poster is cool, but to me, hearing the actors themselves read and talk about their experiences was beyond worth it.
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119 of 122 people found the following review helpful By outwest TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 14, 2014
Format: Audio CD
For those of us who grew up with Princess Bride and still have a habit of silently, or sometimes loudly, saying the many memorable lines of this cult classic, this book could not come soon enough. For those who haven't seen it, The Princess Bride is a movie with a bit of everything: fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, and wuv, twuu wuv.

The book takes readers behind the scenes for the movie's most recognizable moments, and includes remembrances from numerous esteemed cast members like Wallace Shawn (Vizzini), Mandy Patinkin (Montoya), Billy Crystal (Miracle Max), Robin Wright (Buttercup), and director Rob Reiner, who each share incredible stories behind how the movie was made and what effect it had on their lives. So much great insight, humor, and congeniality between the cast and crew in the making of this magical film. Inconceivable!

The book is full of wonderful behind-the-scenes stories that are bound to wow any fan. The printed edition has photographs from Reiner and Norman Lear's personal collections, plus plenty of set secrets and very funny tales backstage tales which will keep any fan in stitches.

This book is an absolute must have for any Princess Bride fan, and a should have for everyone else!
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80 of 87 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Bridges on October 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I suppose it's barely possible there are people out there who don't know every single detail about “The Princess Bride,” the cult-favorite movie directed by Rob Reiner and written by William Goldman, based on Goldman's beloved romantic/comedy/adventure/fantasy book. I don't think I personally know anyone like that, but I accept that statistically there must be someone like that out there.

But even if you know every behind-the-scenes detail -- and you probably don't, not all of them -- you'll still enjoy reading Cary Elwes talk about them in his new book, “As You Wish,” co-written with Joe Layden, on sale now. With charming self-deprecation and a sincere appreciation for the movie and the people involved, Elwes takes you from the moment he got the call from his agent all the way to the emotional 25th anniversary showing in 2012 in front of cheering crowds who knew every line.

Yes, there are the stories about Billy Crystal playing Miracle Max for 10 hours a day, for three days, without ever repeating a line, causing Reiner to leave the set so his constant, hysterical laughter wouldn't ruin the shot again. There's the story about Robin Wright's dress catching on fire in the Fire Swamp (as it was intended to) and screenwriter William Goldman, who was on set, who had written the scene, screaming to help her. There's the story of the actor in the Rodent of Unusual Size suit getting held up by police the day of shooting, and the one about Elwes trying to hide the fact that he broke a toe driving Andre the Giant's ATV so he wouldn't get fired, and how they managed to shoot the Cliffs of Insanity scene even though Andre couldn't personally hold any weight and Wallace Shawn was terrified of heights.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Jane Easterly on October 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of the film The Princess Bride, so I eagerly anticipated As You Wish, a book about filming the movie written by Dread Pirate Roberts actor Cary Elwes.

The making of The Princess Bride was clearly one of the highlights of his career and life. If you are looking for dirt, don't look to As You Wish. Elwes is effusive in his praise of his costars and the crew behind the movie. Everyone was beautiful, talented, and perfect for their roles.

The sugary sweetness of the narrative was a little hard to take at times, but I thoroughly enjoyed As You Wish all the same. Elwes spends a lot of time talking about what he and Mandy Patinkin went through to create what Goldman described in The Princess Bride script as the "second-best" swordfighting sequence on film (according to Goldman, the "best" comes later in the movie). The fight and the training were very interesting to read about. The only part of the fight not filmed by the two leads were the flips - wow! That had to be a lot of hard work.

I definitely got the impression that Elwes is trying to give his career a shot in the arm by publishing this book. However, his true affection for The Princess Bride and its cast and crew came through.

As soon as I finished the book, I was ready to run off and rewatch The Princess Bride. If you are a fan, that alone is a good reason to read As You Wish. I definitely recommend it for all Princess Bride fans.

I read an advance reader copy from Netgalley of As You Wish.
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