This month marks a very important date: on Sept. 25, 1987, The Princess Bride debuted.
Odds are you’ve seen the movie or read the book. You probably know all about the 6-fingered man, and Buttercup the girl to be who didn’t want to be a princess. You know about the man in black. And how to best a Sicilian in a battle of wits. And, of course, you probably know one of the movie’s most memorable lines:
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
Pardon me while I recite that a few times.
Even if you don’t know all this, you likely know enough now to be adding the movie to your cart or queue. (It’s okay. I’ll wait.)
But what you may not know is that Cary Elwes, who played Wesley in the movie, has come out with a book called As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.
As You Wish is a fun romp of how Cary Elwes came up as an actor, how he wound up on the project, and what it took to do that famous duel with Mandy Patinkin’s Inigo Montoya.
My favorite story, though, is when Elwes talks about when Count Rugin hits him over the head with a sword hilt—and what it took to make that look so real. Trust me, you’ll flinch.
So, in honor of The Princess Bride coming out, snag yourself the film and a copy of Elwes’s As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.
I promise they’ll be more fun than a glass of wine dosed with iocaine powder.