Book Review: As You Wish by Cary Elwes

About:
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes is a memoir by the versatile actor who portrayed Wesley in the beloved movie.

 

  • 272 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1St Edition edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476764026

 

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

My Rat­ing for As You Wish5

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Thoughts:
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes is a must read for anyone who loves The Princess Bride. The book starts off with Mr. Elwes telling how he got the part of Wesley, his audition with director Rob Reiner and the rest is history.

Mr. Elwes goes on the talk about meeting the cast, the pre-production and of course, preparing for what would become one of the greatest cinematic sword fight every filmed. Actually, the training for the sword fight, with two master swordsman who worked with Hollywood royalty such as Errol Flynn and Burt Lancaster, would become one of the last scenes filmed and make Mr. Elwes and Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya) actual swordsman.

One of the things that shines through the pages is how beloved André the Giant (André Roussimoff) was. The author seems to genuinely like André, as well as much of the crew, and the stories about him are both endearing and entertaining. It was a bit disheartening to read how the marketing department massed up the promotion of the movie since the studio didn’t know how to promote it even though everyone agreed it was an excellent, witty fable.

Throughout the book there are quips and anecdotes from cast and crew in little sidebars. Even though this book brings very little new information or insight, it was still a joyful, quick read which would make me see the movie in a new light.

Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I borrowed this book.
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