‘As You Wish!’ 15 Inconceivable Pieces Of Trivia About ‘The Princess Bride’

It’s been since the love story of Westley and Buttercup first stole our hearts and gave us countless quotes that just get better with age. No matter how many times you’ve seen it, here are some fun facts about The Princess Bride that will make you fall in love all over again.

1. Author William Goldman, who wrote both the book and the screenplay for The Princess Bride, asked his two little girls what his story should be about. One replied, “A princess!” and the other cried, “A bride!

2. Andre the Giant (Fezzik) — whose first language was French — only spoke a smattering of English at the time of filming, so director Rob Reiner recorded all of his lines for him so that he could listen to them on tape and learn them phonetically.

3. At first, The Princess Bride only made $30.8 million domestically. It didn’t really start to become a hit until the VCR gained popularity in late ’80s/early ’90s.

The Princess Bride, VHS Tape

The Princess Bride, VHS Tape

4. In the scene where Count Rugen whacks Westley on the head, Cary Elwes told Christopher Guest to really hit him. Guest did, and it shut down production for a day so Elwes could go to the hospital.

5. Buttercup and Westley were totally into each other IRL. Cary Elwes (Westley) said he “couldn’t concentrate on much of anything after that first encounter with Robin [Wright].” Awww!

True love!

True love!

6. Andre the Giant was always Goldman’s first choice to play Fezzik, but the first time they tried to make the film in the ’70s, they couldn’t get him to read for the part. Instead, they were going to give the role to the basically unknown Arnold Schwarzenegger. When the movie finally went into production 12 years later, Schwarzenegger was far too expensive, and Andre accepted the part after all.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Predator (1987)

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Predator (1987)

7. Fezzik might have super-strength, but Andre the Giant actually had back problems. He used a body double in the scene where Westley jumps on him (who was actually a foot shorter!) and Robin Wright was lowered into his arms with wires in the last scene.

Buttercup jumps into Fezzik’s arms

8. The castle filmed in the movie was actually Haddon Hall in England, which is a country house that dates all the way back to before 1080. However, they added some extra fake turrets, because Reiner wanted it to look even grander.

Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, England

Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, England

9. There’s no such thing as iocane powder.

Vizzini death, The Princess Bride

10. Liam Neeson auditioned for the role of Fezzik, as did Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar was even offered the part, but couldn’t accept due to his NBA schedule.

11. William Goldman really, really wanted Carrie Fisher for the role of Buttercup. Meg Ryan, Whoopi Goldberg, Uma Thurman and Courtney Cox also auditioned.

12. Mandy Patinkin and Cary Elwes had never had any sword fighting training, but they practiced rigorously and did nearly all of their own fighting in the film.

13. Danny DeVito was initially the first choice for Vizzini. Wallace Shawn, who ended up in the role, was also nervous that he would be fired at any moment, especially since he couldn’t do a Sicilian accent.

14. Andre the Giant had an ATV to get him to and from the set. One day, he convinced Cary Elwes to drive it, and Elwes wound up breaking his toe. That’s why he sits down with his leg stretched out in the scene where he’s talking to Buttercup as the Dread Pirate Roberts.

Dread Pirate Roberts and Buttercup

15. Cary Elwes and Robin Wright didn’t want the filming to end, so they prolonged their final scene — the horseback kiss — by making up fake reasons to shoot it again.

What’s your favorite The Princess Bride quote?


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