Currently working through As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. Cary Elwes describes the making of the film he will always be most remembered for, and is grateful and appreciative of that fact. He was inspired to write after seeing the reception to the movie at the 25th Anniversary screening at the New York Film Festival in 2012.
The hardcover version currently has a special poster on the back side of the dust jacket. It’s not reversable since it doesn’t really give the full title of the book.
Throughout the book, there are stories by the various cast and crew that relate to the subject Cary is talking about on that page. I’m just at the “True Wuv” chapter and I see there’s 16 pages of photographs, most of them in color. I’m hoping that there will be a note somewhere about the fencing lessons he took non-stop during filming (including during any short breaks they had during the day) were used on other films like Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
Of course, you learn details about his co-stars, and especially about André the Giant, which you won’t find on Wikipedia: the constant positive attitude even when he was in pain or when he knew people were making fun of him, and how he rescued the crew by bringing in a catering truck from France when the contracted caterers proved to be a one trick pony.
There is a website for the book, located at http://www.asyouwishbook.com . It has a little bit of info about it that’s different than what you can read on the book jacket, but that’s all it has. You need to go the Simon & Schuster website to get more details. The video where Cary discusses it is on both the the book’s page and his page.
Once I get things a little more settled, I’ll try to find which box I packed the original novel in and get started on that.
Final recommendation: if you’re looking for a copy on DVD, I recommend the 20th Anniversary Edition for the cover artwork alone. Go to the Amazon page and see what I mean.