Friday, November 7, 2014

Cary Elwes

The Princess Bride has become one of the Top 100 most loved stories of all time. But what was it truly like to be on a $16 million dollar budget on a Hollywood set run by Rob Reiner? From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with actor Cary Elwes. Touchstone is pleased to present AS YOU WISH: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride (October 14, 2014; Touchstone Hardcover), by the movie’s leading man himself—Cary Elwes with Joe Layden, a Foreword by Rob Reiner and Epilogue by Norman Lear and an original poster from acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey. Featuring never-before-told stories from Cary and his extraordinary co-stars, AS YOU WISH is the ultimate account of the film that has captured the hearts of viewers for generations. The Princess Bride, based on William Goldman’s remarkable novel, has stood the test of time as both a family favorite and cult classic for nearly three decades. Only a modest hit in theaters in 1987, the movie gained popularity on VHS, and is now 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 film’s timeless love story and brilliantly funny screenplay have endured, proving to be just as relevant and charming for fans today as they were at its premiere. Now for the first time ever, Cary Elwes—the man behind the film’s dashing hero, Westley—gives fans a look inside the making of The Princess Bride. Only 23-years-old during filming, this book is Cary’s first-hand account of the making of the film that kick-started his career, and the many influential people he met along the way. The book is chock-full of interviews with Cary’s legendary co-stars—including Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Fred Savage, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Christopher Sarandon and Mandy Patinkin—as well as an epilogue from producer Norman Lear, and a foreword by director Rob Reiner, all of whom, along with writer William Goldman, share incredible stories behind how the movie was made and what effect it had on their lives. From his casting in the midst of possible radioactive fallout to never before revealed anecdotes about the lovable AndrĂ© the Giant; these and many more wonderful behind-the-scenes stories are bound to wow any fan. Readers will also get to enjoy exclusive photographs from Rob Reiner’s and Norman Lear’s personal collections, plus plenty of set secrets and hilarious backstage tales that will leave you running to press play all over again including: * How Cary suffered a broken toe while playing around with an all-terrain vehicle. * Why Rob and Cary had to leave the set during Billy Crystal’s scenes portraying “Miracle Max.” * How Wallace Shawn, who played the conniving Sicilian Vizzini, was nearly crippled by anxiety because he believed another actor was the producers’ first choice for the role. * Why Robin Wright was the last person to be cast in the film. * How Andre the Giant supplied the set with crates of food he brought back from France after paying a visit to his family. *Details of how Mandy Patinkin and Cary trained for 2 months to prepare for The Greatest Sword Fight in Modern Times. * Details of an alternate ending to the movie with Buttercup, Westley, Inigo, and Fezzik. * Details of how President Clinton became a fan of the movie. AS YOU WISH is an enchanting treasury that is sure to delight all fans of The Princess Bride CARY ELWES BIO (FROM YAHOO MOVIES) Revered for his charming lead performance in Rob Reiner's classic fairy tale, "The Princess Bride" (1987), British actor Cary Elwes went on to find success largely in supporting roles in a variety of genres. He showed a career-long interest in period films, donning medieval tights again in the satirical "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (1993), which solidified his believability as a genuine swashbuckler throwback, a la Errol Flynn. In his higher profile Hollywood work, the actor appeared as Tom Cruise's rival in "Days of Thunder" (1991) before sending up the action film genre in "Hot Shots" (1991). He supported Jim Carrey in the comedy "Liar Liar" (1997), chased storms in "Twister" (1996), and while he was initially typecast for his dashing, patrician air, Elwes' later career was marked by darker roles in genre material like "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002), "Saw" (2004) and "The Riverman" (A&E, 2004), the latter of which saw him portraying infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. The actor's charm and humor was still on display, however, with animated voice work on the CGI adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" (2009) and a recurring role as the roguish Pierre Despereaux on the TV dramedy "Psych" (USA Network). By turns dashing, sinister or downright silly, Elwes maintained a well-earned reputation as one of the most dependable and versatile actors of his generation. Cary says that he will always be indebted to The Princess Bride, for changing his life and giving him a career that has spanned decades

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