Cary Elwes Releases New Book About Filming The Princess Bride
Westley… the coolest of swordsmen who would do anything for true love in the epic book-turned-movie “The Princess Bride.” Now, actor Cary Elwes is releasing a new behind-the-scenes book on the cult-followed flick from Simon & Schuster and it goes on sale October 14th. Elwes treats fans with never-before-told, behind-the-scenes stories, tidbits and memories of the making of this romantic, cult classic including recollections from the film’s stars like Robin Wright, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest and William Goldman, writer of the book/screenplay as well as the films’ famed director Rob Reiner and producer Norman Lear.
In addition to his work in “The Princess Bride,” Elwes has also racked up an impressive $1.2 billion at the box office with his films over the years and has worked with A-list directors including Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Zemeckis, Garry Marshall, Mel Brooks, Ivan Reitman, and Tony Scott.
Wrapping up two film projects, Elwes explained to Crave readers why he decided to write the book now and what it’s like being the infamous Wesley more than 25 years later.
CraveOnline: So why write the book now?
Cary Elwes: Myself and the rest of the cast often get questions about various things about making the movie, and when we all got together for the 25th anniversary we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to share our story together. I asked the whole cast if they’d participate and they all agreed. I feel truly blessed to have a book that is really not just my memories but the entire cast’s.
How did you go about writing it?
I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to remember all of the details but (producer) Norman Lear took me to lunch and said, “I’m going to give you all the call sheets” (which are given to actors to explain what their work sheet is the next day) “and you’ll remember,” and I did. As I read them I could remember where I was and what I was doing.
Did anyone anticipate that “The Princess Bride” would garner such a huge following, even more than two decades after it came out?
We had no idea. We were just making a film that we thought would be fun for others. We hoped people would “get it.” We had no idea it would become this “thing” it has become.
Is it hard to shake the “Wesley” character? You must get called “Wesley” all the time – does it get on your nerves?
I don’t mind. I’m glad. It’s amazing to have people connect with any of your roles. I consider it a blessing – the gift that keeps on giving.
Everyone played such incredibly different characters – who do you think was the funniest on the set?
Wow, there were so many… but I think it’s fairly close between Chris (Guest) and Billy (Crystal).
What other projects are you currently working on?
I finished two films recently. One is called “Sugar Mountain” and it’s with Jason Momoa and directed by this wonderful Australian director Richard Gray. We shot it in Alaska and it’s a wonderful family drama. I’m very proud of it.
I also shot another movie in Boston called “The Greens Are Gone” with Catherine Keener, who I just adore.
They’re both still in post production.
You’ve worked with some incredible people over the years – is there someone who you have yet to work with and would like to?
There are so many I can’t pinpoint just one or two. I’ve been very lucky to have had a great career and to have worked with so many great people.
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