(20th Century Fox | Touchstone)A handful of delectable tidbits have emerged about The Princess Bride thanks to Marlow Stern at The Daily Beast who interviewed actor Cary Elwes (aka Westley, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts) about his new book, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride. You should head on over to The Beast to check out the entire interview, but first, here are seven highlights that made us yearn to read the entire book (with Elwes' quotes underneath):
1. Colin Firth was in the running to play Westley.
Firth as Westley? (Getty Images)
"I finished a picture a few years earlier with Colin called Another Country, and he’s an old friend of mine whom I love dearly. Apparently, he was in the running."
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the late Richard Kiel were considered for the role of Fezzik, but writer William Goldman only had one person in mind.
"Bill Goldman had suggested (Andre the Giant) because he describes himself as a lunatic fan of Andre’s, and he’d been to see him wrestle at Madison Square Garden and said, 'This is the guy.'"
3. Andre the Giant's drinking ability was incomprable. His favorite drink was "The American," which consisted of 40 ounces of various liquors poured into a pitcher.
"The man was extraordinary. He never even slurred his words or was tipsy! He was absolutely a man who could consume vast amounts of alcohol and not have it affect him at all. I’ve never seen anything like it. I went drinking with him after our first screening in New York, and I was sipping a beer all night—which he thought was very funny."
4. Andre got so drunk after the first script reading, he passed out in the middle of the hotel's lobby and the employees surrounded him with a velvet rope.
"They decided that there was no shifting him. There’s no shifting a 550-pound, 7-foot-4 giant, so they had a choice: either call the authorities, and they didn’t want that kind of publicity, or wait for him to wake up, which was the wiser decision."
5. Elwes and Robin Wright needed many takes for that final, most passionate, most pure kiss.
"We couldn’t stop giggling, you know? It’s like kissing your sister! It’s weird. We were laughing and couldn’t believe we were actually doing it. We ruined a lot of takes from giggling, which is why it took six of ’em."
6. Pope John Paul II was a big Princess Bride fan.
"I got to play him years later in a TV movie, and had I known what I know now about this guy, I would have asked him more questions because he was an actor, poet, and Renaissance man. And he’d seen the film, which was incredible! I was blown away by the fact that he’d actually seen it, and liked it. We have a saint who’s a fan. I guess you can’t beat that, really!"
7. Don't hold your breath for The Princess Bride sequel.
"Well, Bill had already started writing that sequel himself as a book called Buttercup’s Baby, but he was having a really hard time with it and couldn’t lick it. If Bill Goldman couldn’t lick it then who else was going to do it, you know what I mean? He definitely tried, but I think it’s nice being left as a single film without a sequel. It would be very hard to remake."