The thought that there could be a more wonderful and romantic movie than The Princess Bride is completely inconceivable. The cast was impeccable, the story was romantic, and the jokes were hilarious. Everything about this movie is basically perfect. But what do the people who made it think?
It's been 30 years since the movie came out, but the cast and director are still happy to talk about it. The movie was brought to life by director Rob Reiner, based on his favorite book The Princess Bride, but originally the studios didn't want him to make it.
“It was an impossible sell,” said Reiner. “The funny thing about it was that before I made ‘Stand by Me’ — I had made ‘Spinal Tap’ and ‘The Sure Thing’ — I had a meeting with this executive at Paramount. She said, ‘We love your films. What do you want to do next? I said, ‘Well, you don’t want to do what I want to do.’ She said, ‘No, that’s not true. I want to do what you want to do. I said, ‘No, no. You want me to do what you want to do.’ She said, ‘No, no. I want to do what you want to do. What is it?’ I said ‘The Princess Bride.’ She said, ‘Well, anything but that.'”
Finally, producer Norman Lear came along and financed the movie so they could begin to create one of the most epic classics ever made.
Robin Wright was cast as Princess Buttercup and she "was honored and petrified." She was working on a daytime soap at the time, and the transition to movie star was a lot to take in. Luckily, "it was just the warmest family" and she loved everyone on set.