What’s your favourite
The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride is one of my all-time favourite movies. I saw it in the theatre when it first came out, which makes me a rarity amongst my fellow fans, since it was only a minor success when it was released. The studio’s marketers famously found it a difficult movie to sell and sum up in a 2-minute trailer and 30 second commercials, but what they did do was apparently aimed directly at me, since this movie-obsessed 12 year-old was DESPERATE to see it.
I ran out of that screening repeating “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to DIE!” over and over again. As soon as it came out on video I insisted my parents rent it. As soon as it became affordable to buy it, I insisted they buy it. As soon as it came out on DVD, I bought it. As soon as a special edition DVD with extra features came out, I bought it again. As soon as I got a Blu-ray player, I bought it again. And I will keep on buying it forever, because it’s a movie I must have in my collection–the sudden urge to see it can strike at any moment.
I can’t call it a universally beloved movie, because I have indeed met people who don’t like it. Cold, distant-eyed people whose hearts are two-sizes too small and who can’t explain what joy feels like, because it’s an alien concept to them. I don’t understand these people. They’re probably the same folks who prefer chocolate covered raisins over chocolate covered peanuts.
But they don’t matter. What matters is that I love this movie and I am not alone. My story is not unique. So much so that the star of the film, Cary Elwes, has taken the time to write a full-length book about it’s creation, featuring contributions from the cast and filmmakers. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride is out this week and I’m already an hour into the audiobook version, which I pre-ordered from Audible.
Knowing I was such a fan, our own Joanna Schroeder forwarded some questions I had for him and he was kind enough to answer back with the succinctness one would expect from a Dread Pirate–Roberts or otherwise.
Of all the characters you’ve played, which is the closest to the kind of man you most admire?
I think I admire Westley’s commitment to true love.
Out of the different real historical characters you’ve played, who’s your favourite?
I liked Cabot Forbes from ‘Glory’.
What was your favourite part of working on a book about your best-loved work?
Going down memory lane.
What percentage of the Princess Bride questions you get asked regularly are about Andre?
A lot. I think people know just how sweet he was from looking at the movie. You can see it in his eyes.
To answer my own question, I don’t have a favourite The Princess Bride moment, because there’s too many for me to choose from. Perhaps you’re more selective and have one you can offer up. Or maybe you’re one of those probably-a-robots I mentioned earlier. Either way, it’s good. I’m happy.