5 Inconceivable Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Princess Bride’

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By: Jared Cotter | Dave Hanson Posted: 7:36 PM, Oct 4, 2017

This year marks its 30th anniversary of the fairy tale movie The Princess Bride and to celebrate a lot of theaters across the nation will show it on the big screen. Jared Cotter is joining in on the fun and has five inconceivable things you didn’t know about this Rob Reiner classic.

1.  Potential Actors for Fezzik

The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger was originally slated to play Andre the Giant's part, but during production delays, Arnold became famous and unaffordable. The role was also offered to Kareem Abdul Jabbar, but he was too busy dominating the NBA. Good thing they weren't available because Andre was born for that part.

2.  Weddings at the Castle

You can have your wedding ceremony at Prince Humperdinck's castle called Haddon Hall. This castle gets around! It also appears in Pride and Prejudice, The Other Boleyn Girl and Jane Eyre.

3.  Wallace Shawn, The Intellect

Wallace Shawn, who played Vizzini, really is like his character. He’s a man of dizzying intellect, with advanced degrees from Harvard and Oxford. But after learning from his agent that director Rob Reiner had originally wanted Danny Devito for the part, Shawn was wracked with insecurity, convinced that he was going to be fired if he had a bad take.

4.  Structured Sword Fight

The duel between Westley and Inigo was scrupulously researched and rehearsed, with screenwriter William Goldman spending months studying 17th-century sword fighting manuals to craft the scene. The actors spent months training and ultimately only one shot was used involving a stuntman.

5.  Billy Crystal's Inspiration

Billy Crystal based his Miracle Max character on a combination of two people, his grandmother, and baseball manager Casey Stengel. Crystal's on-set ad-libs as the character were so unstoppably funny that he was banished from the set after Mandy Patinkin literally bruised a rib laughing.

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