Cary Elwes as you wish at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014
Cary Elwes has a new book out about The Princess Bride, and he made sure that fans at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 knew about it. When Elwes was asked the first question about The Princess Bride, in a shameless bit of self-promotion, he asked the audience if they wanted to shutdown Amazon.
Elwes instructed people to get out their phones type “as you wish” and “amazon” into their search engines, and then order the book. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride was written with other members of the cast. Ewes says that The Princess Bride is his favorite movie and the reason why he wrote the book.
“We were like a group of misfits,” says Elwes. “It felt like being in the circus. We just laughed every day.”
In preparing for The Princess Bride, Elwes said that it wasn’t difficult because it was all there on the page.
“It’s beautifully written,” says Elwes of the script that had gone through 12 different incarnations.
Elwes broke his toe on set and was hurting during the duel with Mandy Patinkin.
Elwes was asked to reenact the scene between him and Vizzini but couldn’t remember the lines. He grabbed a woman who said that she remembered them, but she didn’t get them right. When Elwes asked for another person who know the lines, the woman made a sad face and observed that she was being fired.
Elwes consoled her by saying that she wasn’t being fired, she was just being replaced. Take 3 was the magical take.
“I feel like when I pass, those three words (as you wish) will be on my tombstone,” says Elwes, “and I’m okay with that.”
At the end of filming, Elwes had a moment where he thought he should keep Wesley’s sword, but in the end, he gave it to Rob Reiner.
“The gifts that you want to keep to yourself” are the best gifts to give, says Elwes.