10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride – which starred Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant and Christopher Guest – was released in September 1987 ago to critical acclaim. Since it’s the film’s 30th anniversary, we’re looking all of the things that happened behind the scenes that most people don’t know about. Check out 10 things you didn’t know About The Princess Bride:
10. Bringing the Book to the Big Screen
Rob Reiner’s favorite book was The Princess Bride. When he became a filmmaker after the success of 1984’s This Is Spinal Tap, he really wanted to make to turn the book into a movie, but no one was interested. “It was an impossible sell,” Reiner told Variety. “The funny thing about it was that before I made ‘Stand by Me’ — I had made ‘Spinal Tap’ and ‘The Sure Thing’ — I had a meeting with this executive at Paramount. She said, ‘We love your films. What do you want to do next? I said, ‘Well, you don’t want to do what I want to do.’ She said, ‘No, that’s not true. I want to do what you want to do. I said, ‘No, no. You want me to do what you want to do.’ She said, ‘No, no. I want to do what you want to do. What is it?’ I said ‘The Princess Bride.’ She said, ‘Well, anything but that.’” He soon discovered that other filmmakers had tried and failed to make the book into a movie. Eventually, however, producer Norman Lear – whom he had worked for on All in the Family and who had funded the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap – gave Reiner the money to make The Princess Bride.
9. Andre the Giant’s Enormous Hands
When weather became quite cold during filming, Andre the Giant (who was 7’4” and 540 pounds) would make Robin Wright warm by placing one of his hands on her head. “We’re in the middle of the forest and we’d be standing next to each other in our costumes and it’s freaking cold and wet. He put his hands on my head literally to keep me warm from shivering. His hands covered my whole head. The heat from his hand was like an electric blanket. He was just very sweet and thoughtful. He would always hand me his coat if my coat wasn’t nearby. Really sweet,” she said.