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

Light and breezy, but not the puff book I cynically thought this would be. Instead, Cary’s joy (and the joy of almost everyone else involved in making the film) and fond memories shine through. Made me want to watch the Princess Bride all over again (not that I need much of an excuse).

Three things that stood out:

  • Cary got the gig partially on his ability to do impressions. He showed this off at the signing my wife and I went to, doing impressions of Rob Reiner, Miracle Max, and AndrĂ© the Giant.
  • Mandy Patinkin and Cary trained with fencing experts for months to be able to perform their sword fight without resorting to stunt doubles.
  • Wallace Shawn (the actor playing Vizzini) thought he was going to be fired at any moment and replaced with Danny DeVito