Initially a middling success at the box office when it was released 30 years ago, The Princess Bride became one of the most beloved movies of all time when it hit home video and was rerun endlessly on cable TV in the ’80s and ’90s. The movie is now 30 years old, so here’s some stuff you probably didn’t know about The Princess Bride.
1. Before Goldman wrote the novel The Princess Bride in the early ’70s, he asked his two young daughters what his next book should be about. One of them said “princess!” and the other said “a bride.” So he wrote about both.
2. A movie version was planned in the ’70s. Goldman had wanted famous wrestler Andre the Giant to play the giant Fezzik, but he didn’t think he could get him. So he pursued a then-little-known Arnold Schwarzenegger. By the time the movie got made more than a decade later, Schwarzenegger was way too famous and busy, but Andre the Giant was free.
3. Also briefly considered for the role of Fezzik: Liam Neeson, who was deemed too short at 6’4″, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but the movie’s filming dates conflicted with the NBA schedule.
4. For the part of Westley, Cary Elwes beat out Colin Firth and Christopher Reeve.
5. Robin Wright secured the role of Buttercup over Courteney Cox and Meg Ryan. William Goldman’s first choice was Carrie Fisher, and Whoopi Goldberg was also in consideration.
6. First choice for Vizzini: Danny DeVito. Director Rob Reiner couldn’t get him, so they went with playwright and actor Wallace Shawn.