A to Z Challenge: More Fictional Favorites! Day 23: Westley from The Princess Bride

W is for — Westley from William Goldman’s The Princess Bride A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0

“As you wish.”

Whenever “farm boy” Westley said these words to Buttercup, he was really saying, “I love you.” Buttercup’s realization of this ignited a love so true, it survived pirates, kidnapping, evil princes, Cliffs of Insanity, a Fire Swamp, and the Pit of Despair.

The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies, and Westley, played by Cary Elwes, is a perfect hero. He’s smart, strong, and capable, and his love for Buttercup never wavers. He’s an expert with a sword, too, which lifts him even higher in my estimation.

One of my favorites scenes in the movie is Westley’s sword duel with the Spaniard, Inigo Montoya, whom I wrote about in last year’s A to Z “I” post. The moments leading up to the duel are quite funny, too.

Elwes recently published a book called As You Wish that tells about everything that went on behind the scenes during the making of The Princess Bride. According to an article I read about the book, Bride author William Goldman spent a great deal of time researching 17th century swordfighting to create the duel, and Elwes and Mandy Patinkin, who played Inigo, spent more months learning to fence both right and left handed. Elwes and Patinkin performed every part of the duel themselves, except for the somersaults. They were trained by the legendary sword master and stunt man Bob Anderson, whose credits include being the stunt double for Darth Vader’s light saber battles and training the one and only Errol Flynn.

 

 

 

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© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2015. All rights reserved.

24 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge: More Fictional Favorites! Day 23: Westley from The Princess Bride

  1. I know of this, but haven’t read it or seen the film. I thought it was funny that “As you wish” meant “I love you”! I know someone (not my husband, I hasten to add) who says “As you wish” meaning “Well, that might be what you want to do – I think it’s daft, but I suppose I’ll humour you (usually with a bad grace)”. I guess tone must be everything!

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  2. Oh, my children’s favourite film of all time, we loved it too, of course, how could one not? Read the book, too. Stage sword fighting is actually completely different to real sword fighting, it has to involve much bigger moves so they are seen – real fencing involves quick, tiny movements and is not as watchable. My son and daughter both fenced for their country, and our son also did stage fencing. ~Liz My blog is at: http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com Blogger will take you to the wrong site.

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