The Princess Bride is one of the best movies ever made. Many people consider it to be the best movie ever made. Some think that the book doesn’t have to be read if the movie is watched. It is true that the movie is very close to the book, but there are some differences. However, once the movie is watched for enjoyment and entertainment, it is fun to know facts about the movie that can be shared with others.
Rob Reiner Had to Leave the Set During Billy Crystal’s Scenes.
Rob Reiner, the director, had to leave the set of the movie when Billy Crystal, who played Miracle Max, was doing his scenes. This is because Crystal was so funny that Reiner would laugh so hard that he made himself nauseated.
Carey Elwes Caused the Production to Be Shut Down for a Day.
After Christopher Guest, who played Count Rugen, hit Carey Elwes, who played Westley, over the head for real during the fight scene since Elwes told Rugen to really hit him, Elwes had to go to the hospital. This is because Elwes thought being hit over the head wouldn’t hurt him, but Guest’s hit was so hard that it caused Elwes to have to go to the hospital, shutting down production for a day.
“The Governator” Almost Played Fezzik.
Of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger was not the governor of California at the time. However, he almost played Fezzik. The author of the book, The Princess Bride , William Goldman, always wanted Andre the Giant to play Fezzik, but he was not able to get him while casting was happening and Arnold Schwarzenegger was up for the role. However, by the time the movie was made, Schwarzenegger had become a big star and his salary couldn’t be afforded, so Andre the Giant ended up playing Fezzik like William Goldman originally wanted.
Mandy Patinkin Suffered Only One Injury.
Being that Mandy Patinkin, who played Inigo Montoya, had many sword fighting scenes and other scenes where he might get hurt, it would seem that he would have had many injuries after making this movie. However, Patinkin says that he had only one injury. That injury was a bruised rib and it didn’t come from any of his stunts! Patinkin got a bruised rib from laughing at Billy Crystal while playing Miracle Max!
The Movies Served as Therapy for Mandy Patinkin.
In 1972, Mandy Patinkin’s father died from cancer. Patinkin had dealt with this this best he could. However, the movie, The Princess Bride, helped because Patinkin felt that when his character, Inigo Montoya killed “The Six Fingered Man,” that he had just killed the cancer that killed his father.