Tuesday, December 16, 2014

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

Apparently very few people saw The Princess Bride when it was first released on the big screen back in the 80s.  Neither the producers, the director nor the actors knew that their wonderful movie would become a classic in the videocassette age and become a favorite of mobsters, popes and presidents.  I was one of those few that did see it on the big screen when it was first released.  My friends and I all dressed as characters from the movie that Halloween.  I can joyously recite all the famous lines along with the movie and have no idea how many times I have seen it, but you don’t have to be a fan like me to thoroughly enjoy the book.

This is the story behind the movie.  You go behind the scenes with Cary Elwes as he relates funny off-screen (and on-screen) antics and stories.  Many of the reminiscences include Andre the Giant who was the loveliest man as described by all the cast and crew.  Most amazing are the fond memories from all the cast members, not just Elwes, who are honored to repeat their famous lines over and over again to this day for fans. 

To make this wonderful book even more wonderful (can you tell yet that I’m a fan of everything about this film?) the audiobook is read by Cary Elwes with guest narration by many of the cast.  Need a fun listen that will produce a few belly laughs?  As you wish.