In William Goldman’s book, Which Lie Did I Tell?, he says this:
The Princess Bride is the only novel of mine that I really like.
The movie has become a classic.
In writing about the filming of the movie, William Goldman says this:
I don’t like being on the set for any number of reasons:
1) it’s just amazingly boring if you have nothing to do, and I have nothing to do because
2) my work is done, not to mention
3) I make the actors nervous, a serious problem but not as serious as
4) I *&@# up shots.
The worst thing I’ve ever done was on The Princess Bride. During the
For those of you who don’t know, and how dare you not, Buttercup and Westley are being pursued by her fiancé, Prince Humperdinck. They are forced to go through the
One of the dangers in the
These unexpected streaks of flame happen there and when I wrote the novel, well, Buttercup and Westley are making their way through the place, and suddenly flames – her dress is on fire.
Westley saves her.
Okay. Pinewood Studios. The glorious
Okay. Roll of drums, please.
Rob Reiner says “Action” and now here comes
--and suddenly flames—
--and I scream out loud, “Her dress is on fire!”
The shot is obviously ruined. Rob says “Cut,” Robin’s dress is made flame-free, the actors go back to their positions. And Andy Scheinman, Rob’s partner, sidles over to me and says quietly, “Bill, try and remember this time—her dress is supposed to be on fire.”