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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride Hardcover – October 14, 2014
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“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)
About the Author
Joe Layden has authored or coauthored more than thirty books, including multiple New York Times bestsellers.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hits high on my top-ten favorite movies, and this memoire hits high among my favorites, too. Behind the scenes glimpses of making the film, and Cary's personal takes as it went... Read morePublished 1 day ago by John S. Venning
I had heard how the people involved enjoyed being a part of it and it was nice to see these stories told first hand. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Bladestryke
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It is not a classic but it is very fun and interesting if you know anything about Princess Bride. We love Princess Bride (it is a classic!!! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kim Leatham
This is a great read although a little predictable. It keeps you moving from the first time Wesley meets Buttercup until the last scene ... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Adrienne Esseltine
If you loved the movie, you will LOVE to read about what happened on the set. Cary gives you his personal viewpoint from the inside of filming this great, fun movie. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Packer Girl 32
If you love the Princess Bride, read this book. Well, if you only know the movie, read THAT book, then read this book. Loved it.Published 9 days ago by Harry Tuttle
If you love the movie you really must catch this on audio book. A little gushy but generally highly entertaining. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Deborah S Kennedy
One of my favorite movies. Wish there had been more in depth stories, but the ones that were there were just as charming and fun as the movie. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kimmie Sue
Listening to the Audible version, which should be the ONLY choice. I saw Cary at the Florida Film Fest in person at a Q&A following a big screening, (I'd only ever seen it on VHS... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Lisa R. Chapman