by Mary Jo
Sometimes I read a non-fiction book that I like so much that I'm compelled to share it here. This time, the subject is one I'm betting most of you are familiar with: The classic movie THE PRINCESS BRIDE. The male romantic lead, Cary Elwes, has written a memoir called AS YOU WISH: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride. Besides his own behind-the-scenes experience, he includes quotes from some of his co-stars.
THE PRINCESS BRIDE was written by the superstar screenwriter William Goldman, who won best screenplay Oscars for BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID and ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN. Since TPB originated in stories told to his daughters, it has a special place in Goldman's heart. It was considered unfilmable until Rob Reiner came along and persuaded Goldman to let him make the movie, with Goldman writing the screenplay.
If you're not familiar with the story, it's a fairy tale set in a medieval-ish sort of land. Buttercup is the stunningly beautiful owner of a farm (no parents in sight--this is a fairy tale <G>) and the gorgeous Westley works for her. They fall in love and he goes off to seek his fortune so he can marry her. Alas, his ship is taken by the Dread Pirate Roberts, who famously never leaves anyone alive. Buttercup's heart is broken.