Published by Simon and Schuster on October 14, 2014
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From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.
The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.
Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets, backstage stories, and answers to lingering questions about off-screen romances that have plagued fans for years!
With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film.
I know this isn’t a romance novel, but oh my gosh guys, can you blame me?! Besides we’re technically called Got Fiction? so this fits 😉
But seriously, how could I pass this up? Cary Elwes was my first celebrity crush! As far as I know it’s still $1.99 for the ebook, so grab it while it’s cheap! (although it’s worth full price). I bought a copy and gifted it to my mom too.
So, I don’t really know how to review a memoir. This book takes you back to the first time you ever saw The Princess Bride, and it’s such a warm and happy feeling. The whole book is just a fond trip down Memory Lane, but at the same time you’re finding out all sorts of new things. The anecdotes about fellow cast members are the best. As everyone else has mentioned, the Andre the Giant ones are the best.
You can tell in every word how Cary felt almost in awe of the fact that he was offered the part. I’d say that this is just a feel-good book. I mean, how can you be sad reading about The Princess Bride? There’s no drama, it’s all just happy stories about people becoming friends throughout the filming of what would become a classic movie.
You can absolutely hear his voice in your ear as you’re reading, however, if you really want to hear his voice in his ear? I’d highly suggest this one as an audio book because Cary Elwes narrates it himself!