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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride Hardcover – October 14, 2014
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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)
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.
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!
What I love most about this is that Cary and his fellow cast mates, and in fact, seemingly everyone involved with this film, loved making it as much as those of us who've loved it their whole lives, love it. I discovered PB in the late eighties, when my roommates (one in particular) went nuts over it and dragged me along for the ride. Our entire method of communicating with each other consisted of quoting lines from the movie at each other. I still have a wonderful sense of fondness and amusement whenever I think about it. And Cary, bless him, seems aware of what this little fairy tale meant to so many. He doesn't try to downplay it because he loved it too, they all did. I was so touched by some of his recollections that I may have gotten a little misty eyed at some points. Such is the power of this film.
Hearing him recount the making of, and the happily ever after of, this time in his life (he was only 24 when he brought Wesley to life!) in Wesley's voice brought all those wonderful memories back. It's rare that anything can do that, so thank you to him.
Cary's recollection of experiences filming The Princess Bride was nothing short of touching. Even better were his recollections and tales of the famous Andre the Giant. It is quite clear how much respect and love Cary had for him. Furthermore, this book demonstrates just how humble a human being Carey is. While reading this book, you feel as though you're having a conversation with Cary as opposed to reading about his memories.
The Princess Bride is arguably my favorite movie of all time. It has finally surpassed The Wizard of Oz for me (which I never thought possible) and has holds a special place in my heart. I'm not too shy of 30, and I still watch the movie at least once a week. It's a comfort to me; something I will always cherish. By reading this book, I am able to see how special the movie was to so many people, and how much love and hard work went into making it.
For these reasons, I simply could not give this book less than five stars. Will I read it again in my lifetime? Possibly. Will I cherish it always? Absolutely.