It’s Christmastime, and that means it is time to sit
The Princess Bride is one of those staples for children of the 80s, a modern pop fantasy with plenty of action, adventure, and humor to cross all gender boundaries. Here are some behind the scenes facts about Rob Reiner’s classic…
1. In a 2012 interview in New York Magazine, Mandy Patinkin said that his most famous line from the film (“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”) gets quoted back to him by at least two or three strangers every day of his life. Patinkin told the interviewer that he loves hearing the line and he also loves the general fact that he got to be in the movie.
2. Cary Elwes was cast because of what Rob Reiner called his Douglas Fairbanks or Errol Flynn quality. Fairbanks and Flynn both played Robin Hood (Fairbanks in Robin Hood in 1922 and Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood in 1938.
3. Robin Wright and Cary Elwes were smitten with each other during filming, naturally helping their chemistry in the movie. Cary said that he “couldn’t concentrate on much of anything after that first encounter with Robin.”
4. Courtney Cox, Meg Ryan, Whoopi Goldberg, and Carrie Fisher were up for the role of Buttercup before it eventually went to Robin Wright.
5. At the time of filming the movie, Robin Wright was a regular on the soap opera Santa Barbara. In exchange for allowing her time off to film the movie, they required her to extend her contract by a year.
6. During the filming of some scenes, the weather became markedly cold for Robin Wright. André the Giant helped her by placing one of his hands over her head and his hands were so large that one would entirely cover the top of her head, keeping her warm.
7. When asked what his favorite thing about making this film was, André the Giant replied, without skipping a beat, “Nobody looks at me.” He felt treated as an equal, without people staring at him because of his grand height.
8. Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Liam Neeson, and Arnold Schawarzenegger all wanted to play Fezzik at one point.
9. Rob Reiner left the set during Billy Crystal’s scenes because he would laugh so hard that he would feel nauseated.
10. “As you wish” is said 7 times. “Inconceivable” is said 5 times. And the famous line “My name is Inigo Montoya…” is said 6 times.
11. Most of the movie was filmed on location in England. The castle used for the film was Haddon Hall, a fortified country house that dates to before 1087. The tapestries in Haddon Hall interiors are original, dating to the late medieval and renaissance periods.