It was also educational as well as entertaining. The stories from backstage brought back wonderful memories of the film and all of the classic one liners.
“Anybody want a peanut?”
“Have fun storming the castle!”
“Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
“Do we have to read the kissing parts?”. . . “Someday you might not mind so much.”
“And thank you so much for bringing up such a painful memory. While you’re at it, why don’t you give me a paper cut and pour lemon juice over it. We’re closed!”
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
“Who are you?” . . . “No one of consequence.” . . . “I must know.” . . . “Get used to disappointment.”
“Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don’t think they exist.”
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
“Never get involved in a land war in Asia.”
“Mawidge. Mawidge is what bwings us together today. Mawidge, that bwessed awangement, that dweam within a dweam!”
“You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you.” . . . “You seem a decent fellow. I hate to die.”
And of course I could go on, as I’m sure many of you could as well. Remembering all the great moments from the film brought a smile to my face. Alone or with friends, watching this film has always been an enjoyable experience.
Learning new stories
I did mention that Elwes’s book educates as well as entertains, and this is true. His book contains many tales not only from his perspective but from that of the other cast members as well as the producer, director, and screenwriter.
For example, did you know that what sealed the deal for securing Elwes his part as Westley was his Fat Albert impersonation? Or that Elwes injured his foot in an ATV accident just before shooting the scene with Robin Wright at the bottom of the hill in which Westley declares to Buttercup, “Death cannot stop true love”? I always thought Elwes looked awkward in that scene, especially as he maneuvered himself towards Buttercup, and now I know why.
There’s more great stories in this book, but as my space here is limited, let me share just one with you in Elwes’s own words.
There’s so much more in this book. It’s a great read, and so if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.
Find your joy
Books like this comprise just one example of the joy we can find in living fully. You don’t need to be married or have anything you want but don’t have to live fully. We all have many simple pleasures around us, and taking advantage of the opportunities to extract joy from them is what living fully is all about.
If you haven’t read As You Wish, there’s lots of those simple pleasures among its pages. But if reading isn’t your thing, find what is and embrace it. Maybe it’s eating a special treat. Or running a special trail. Or attending a cultural event. Whatever it is, don’t let what you don’t have keep you from living your life fully. Find your simple pleasure and make time for you. Make time to invite more joy in your life.
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