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Cary Elwes’ Crush on Costar Robin Wright in The Princess Bride

RobinWrightCaryElwes400I cannot tell a lie. I fell in love with Robin from the moment we met–as did nearly every guy who either met her, or watched her in this movie, or in subsequent ones. And looking back, I think her performance as Princess Buttercup is vastly underrated. From As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride.

She is so genuinely relaxed and comfortable in her own skin and also very focused at the same time. Getting to play her knight in shining armor on-screen also made me feel very protective of her off-screen—not that Robin couldn’t handle herself in any situation.

In fact, I think it’s safe to say that everyone felt protective of Robin. I know there is a famous story (that has now actually been made into a cartoon!) where Robin was really beginning to feel the cold chill on the Derbyshire moors while shooting her kidnapped scenes with Mandy, André, and Wally. And she began to get the shivers. And once you get the shivers, it’s very hard to stop your teeth from chattering. So André, sweetheart of a man that he was, devised a technique to keep her warm that was very simple, really. He would use one of his hands as a hat on top of Robin’s head. She said it was like having a giant hot water bottle up there. It certainly did the trick; he didn’t even mess up her hair that much!

In the years since we made the movie, the industry has acknowledged what those of us who knew her back then already realized: that she is an extraordinary actor. And she seems to only be getting better with time—something that can be said about very few actors. As I write this now, she is just a few weeks removed from her triumph at the Golden Globes, where she received the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for her remarkable work as the devious and scheming Claire Underwood on the Netflix series House of Cards. In every role, she gives something of herself that’s unique. She never holds back and has that rare ability to tap into something deeply profound within herself that is appropriate for the character.


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