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How André the Giant Was Cast in ‘The Princess Bride’

How André the Giant Was Cast in ‘The Princess Bride’
Jane Jenkins, the casting director of “The Princess Bride,” looked at a lot of tall men for the part of the giant Fezzik. But in her mind, there was only one giant who could plausibly haul three people up the Cliffs of Insanity: André the Giant.

In speaking with TheWrap, Jenkins explained how André Roussimoff, better known as André the Giant and quite literally the biggest wrestler in the world, got out of a wrestling match in Tokyo and ended up cast in Rob Reiner’s cult classic comedy “The Princess Bride.” Jenkins and Reiner met with the book’s author William Goldman to find out just what they were dealing with.

“So this Fezzik character, this giant, what are we talking about? Am I looking for a basketball player,” Jenkins recalls asking Goldman. “Oh no, I want a giant like André the Giant,” was his reply, referring to the late star who is the subject of a new HBO documentary produced by Bill SimmonsRinger Films titled “André the Giant.”

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The first problem was, Jenkins didn’t know who that was. “You don’t know who André the Giant is,” her friend told her at the time. “He is, pardon the pun, a huge wrestler!” (Roussimoff was billed to be 7 feet 4 inches tall.)

Jenkins then tracked down his contact at the World Wrestling Federation (now the WWE) and simply asked to meet him for a movie Reiner was directing. But they learned that André had a conflict with a wrestling match in Tokyo for which he would be paid millions, and unless they were willing to buy it out and match his salary, he was unavailable.

“So we did not have André the Giant,” Jenkins said. “So I proceeded to meet every tall person in L.A. and say ‘if you didn’t duck in through my doorway, you were way too short.'”

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Among some of the other potential Fezziks, Jenkins met with Carel Struycken, another 7-footer who was already committed to do a part in “The Witches of Eastwick.” She met a Scottish man who was known as the strongest man in the world, but wasn’t “the tallest man in the world.” And she even met a man she described as being like Ichabod Crane who, when they shook hands, made her own hand feel like “an infant’s hand inside a catcher’s mitt.”

“He said in a British accent, ‘I see there are a lot of fight scenes. I have a rather awkward center of gravity. Would there be a double for me,'” Jenkins recalled. “I don’t think that we can double you,” she responded.

But as if bestowed by Miracle Max himself, André’s fight was canceled, so Reiner and producer Andrew Scheinman dropped everything — literally leaving during an audition — to fly out to Paris and meet the Frenchman. Reiner told TheWrap via email that Scheinman read lines along with André, and Reiner ultimately put all of Fezzik’s lines onto a tape recorder for André to study and learn.

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In upcoming HBO doc, Reiner explains that André had auditioned for the part, but upon their first meeting, the filmmaker couldn’t understand a word he said. Reiner also added that André’s sensitive side came to define the cliche of the “gentle giant.”

“André the Giant” airs Tuesday, April 10, on HBO at 10 p.m.

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Oscars on edge: in a strange year for Hollywood, anything is up for grabs

Harvey Weinstein, last year’s envelope fiasco, and no clear frontrunner have left many scratching their heads: ‘Everything everyone thought they knew about the Oscars has shifted’

In Hollywood, the screenwriter William Goldman once observed, “nobody knows anything”. He was referring to studios not knowing which films will work. These days the industry doesn’t know if even the Oscars will work.

Will the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday successfully juggle politics, glamour and entertainment? Will the ghost of Harvey Weinstein – currently exiled to a rehab centre in Arizona – haunt the ceremony? Will presenters announce the correct winners? Will TV viewers care?
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Catalan Secession Move and Federal Takeover Costs Film Biz

Catalan Secession Move and Federal Takeover Costs Film Biz
Nobody knows anything,” screenwriter William Goldman famously said. He could have been talking about prospects for future film funding in Catalonia.

Ironically, movies going into production recently and this year have often benefited from refortified funding from Catalonia’s Catalan Institute of Cultural Cos., thanks to a regional levy on telecom revenues and new Strategic Audiovisual Plan funding regulations.

“It’s too early to assess results, but if our goals were to boost quality and cultural diversity, the bases were set,” says Icec director Xavier Díaz.

Over 2017, Icec plowed €17.2 million ($21.4 million) into cinema, animation and TV movies, almost $15 million coming from the telco levy. Subsidies went to 72 productions, 35 international co-productions in contrast to 19 in 2015. The average budget for Catalan features has increased to $2.1 million from $1.6 million in 2015. That, for the Catalan film industry, is the good news.

But there have been curveballs, to say the least.

Once the engine of film and TV investment in Catalonia, pubcaster
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Ross Macdonald’s Cool Cat detective — originally Lew Archer — comes alive in Jack Smight’s smart SoCal kidnapping mystery, thanks to a charismatic Paul Newman and a hot cast of bright, smart actors. It’s the first screenplay sale for the celebrated William Goldman, and the crisp cinematography by ace cameraman Conrad Hall doesn’t hurt either.



Warner Archive Collection

1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date February 27, 2018 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill, Janet Leigh, Pamela Tiffin, Robert Wagner, Robert Webber, Shelley Winters, Harold Gould, Roy Jenson, Strother Martin, Martin West, Jacqueline deWit.

Cinematography Conrad Hall

Art Direction Alfred Sweeney

Film Editor Stefan Arnsten

Original Music Johnny Mandel

Written by William Goldman from The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald

Produced by Jerry Gershwin, Elliott Kastner

Directed by Jack Smight

Gumshoe detective movies (as opposed to police movies about detectives) suffered a dip in the 1960s,
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‘The West Wing’ Cast Denounced Donald Trump with an ‘All The President’s Men’ Live Reading

‘The West Wing’ Cast Denounced Donald Trump with an ‘All The President’s Men’ Live Reading
This weekend, former “West Wing” stars Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Joshua Malina, and Ed Begley Jr. took part in a live reading of William Goldman’s Oscar-winning “All the President’s Men” screenplay at Los Angeles City Hall. The January 27 performance commenced in the marble-columned Council Chamber, where audience members in wooden pews faced the 20-person cast, who temporarily occupied legislators’ desks and high-backed leather chairs.

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Stephen Sachs, the co-founder and co-artistic director of Los Angeles’ Fountain Theatre, created the free event and served as the show’s director. “News journalists and artists are the enemy of dishonest leaders, because we are the truth tellers,” he said. “I am so proud of our city. What other major city in the country would hand over City Hall to its artists?”

“All the President’s Men” (1976) was adapted from
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Stepford Wives (1975)

The Women’s Liberation Movement, or more commonly known as Women’s Lib, was in full swing by the mid-’70s. The fight for equality raged on from the late ’60s until…well, what time have you got? It was only natural for the arts to comment on the growing and vocal discontent within the feminist community, and so it was that The Stepford Wives (1975) hit the screen (based on the Ira Levin novel) with a resounding thud. Regardless, it plays as a witty indictment of male morals and suburban blandness.

Distributed by Columbia Pictures in mid-February, The Stepford Wives only brought in $4 million, was wildly derided by critics who thought it hit none of its intended targets, and screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) disagreed with many of the changes imposed by British director Bryan Forbes (International Velvet). Disgruntlements aside, it holds up remarkably well and
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Dany Boon Talks ‘La Ch’tite Famille,’ His Mother, Pierre Richard; Pathé Scores Major Deals (Exclusive)

Dany Boon Talks ‘La Ch’tite Famille,’ His Mother, Pierre Richard; Pathé Scores Major Deals (Exclusive)
Paris — Pedro Almodóvar once said that he writes with a painting of his mother behind him. Dany Boon’s “La Ch’tite Famille” is too much of an ensemble piece to be all about his mother. But it draws on the same bedrock relationship for much of its emotions, especially in its early stretches, plus a sense, which plays out over the film and is espoused by Boon in an early interview on “La Ch’Tite Famille,” of the importance, however famous one becomes, of remaining grounded in life.

The mother-son relationship, and the emotions it sparks in the film, is just one of the elements which sets “La Ch’Tite Famille” apart from Boon’s historic 2008 “Welcome to the Sticks.”

“Welcome” ended up making a mid two-figure dollar million box office outside France. Marking its world market debut at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous, “La Ch’Tite Famille” has already scored major territories deals, especially in territories
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The West Wing: NBC Cast to Reunite to Read All the President's Men Screenplay

While The West Wing TV show ended in 2006, after seven seasons on NBC, the cast still reunites here and there. Sometimes for industry events, or on each other's shows, and other times for more political reasons that would do President Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and their alter egos in his administration proud. This is one of those times. West Wing vets Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman), Joshua Malina (Will Bailey), Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler), and Ed Begley, Jr, (who guest starred in season two on NBC as Senator Seth Gillette), are doing a free reading of William Goldman's screenplay for All the President's Men. The 1976 feature film was based on 1974 non-fiction Watergate scandal account by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and starred Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in those
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Contest: Win Misery Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

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You want to stay on Annie Wilkes' good side... especially if you're on bed rest. With Rob Reiner's adaptation of Stephen King's Misery out now on a 4K restoration Blu-ray, we've been provided with three copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers who aren't afraid to watch the bone-crunching swing of Wilkes' sledgehammer.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector's Edition Blu-ray copy of Misery.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:


2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Misery Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on December 5th.
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Blu-ray Review – Misery: Collector’s Edition (1990)

Misery, 1990.

Directed by Rob Reiner.

Starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall, and Frances Sternhagen.


Rob Reiner’s 1990 adaptation of Stephen King’s very personal novel Misery comes to a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Shout! Factory. The disc features a new 4K restoration of the film, along with new interviews with Reiner and effects artist Greg Nicotero and the rest of the bonus features found in a previous home video edition.

A co-worker and I like to talk about how the marketing content we produce isn’t the flashiest, sexiest stuff out there, but it’s the kind of nuts-and-bolts work that gets the job done. Our analogy is that we’re making well-built furniture that may not win design awards, but it’s functional.

That’s how I feel about Misery, which was directed by Rob Reiner and adapted by the legendary William Goldman from
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November 28th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Misery Collector’s Edition, Super Dark Times, M.F.A., Creep 2

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We may only have several home entertainment releases for this Tuesday, but as the saying goes, “quality over quantity,” because this bunch of Blu-rays and DVDs are a stellar lot of films. One of my favorite horror films of 2017, Mark DuplassCreep 2, makes its way home on November 28th courtesy of The Orchard, and Scream Factory has given Rob Reiner’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery the Collector’s Edition treatment (and deservedly so).

For you cult film fans, both Death Laid an Egg and Deathdream (aka Dead of Night) get the HD treatment this week, and other notable releases this Tuesday include M.F.A., Rememory, Super Dark Times, Woodshock, and Trailer Trauma 4: Television Trauma.

Creep 2 (The Orchard, DVD)

Sara, a video artist primarily focused on creating intimacy with lonely men, thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams after coming across a stranger’s online post.
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The Princess Bride review – golden-age throwback glows brighter than ever

Thirty years on, Rob Reiner’s salute to Hollywood swashbucklers remains a poignant pastiche, gloriously unencumbered by CGI visuals and gender cliches

After 30 years, the wit, fun, charm and idealism are fresher than ever. The Princess Bride, adapted by William Goldman from his novel and directed by Rob Reiner, now makes a brief reappearance in UK cinemas. Catch it while you can. My colleague Hadley Freeman has a magisterial chapter on it in her memoir of 1980s Hollywood, Life Moves Pretty Fast, showing how it made possible fairytale homages and Shrek and Frozen and also affected the language of irony and comedy in the television pop culture that came afterwards. It’s a movie that manages to be both a pastiche and a fervently real love story. The Princess Bride is an organically grown comedy romance from an analogue age: different from the genetically modified, digital creations that came along later.
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Win The Princess Bride on Blu-ray

As you wish. The classic fantasy romance, The Princess Bride, celebrates its 30th Anniversary by returning to cinemas nationwide for one day on the 23rd October alongside an anniversary edition Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate we have 3 copies on Blu-ray to giveaway.

Directed by Rob Reiner and with an all-star cast including Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Fred Savage, Billy Crystal, Peter Falk, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Mel Smith & Peter Cook, and written by Academy Award® winning screenwriter William Goldman, The Princess Bride is a classic fairy tale; full of swashbuckling swordplay, giants, pirates, an evil prince and a beautiful princess… all woven into the love story to end all love stories.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question:

Cary Elwes’ character Westley goes by what other name?

Your Answer Dead Pirate PetersDread Pirate RobertsRed Pirate Roberts

UK entries only. One entry per person. Competition closes 17th November.
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Cary Elwes's Princess Bride Story Will Forever Change the Way You See This 1 Scene

Although it might be hard to believe now, when The Princess Bride first hit theaters 30 years ago, audiences just didn't respond. Rob Reiner's 1987 movie adaptation of William Goldman's beloved novel had everything: fantasy, adventure, a gorgeous love story, pirates, princesses, and one of the most quotable vendettas of all time. And still, it just didn't click. "I think we were all disappointed that it didn't quite get the traction we wanted, since we put a lot of hard work into it and thought it was a lovely movie," Cary Elwes, who starred as the dreamy Westley, revealed on a recent phone call with me in light of the film's anniversary this year. "Luckily for us, the invention of the Vcr breathed new life into our movie. The Princess Bride had been dead for 10 years, so we were so grateful for that invention, because that's when the movie found its audience.
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‘The Princess Bride’ 30th Anniversary Trailer: The Greatest Bedtime Story Ever Filmed

While “The Princess Bride” seems like the kind of movie that couldn’t get made now, it’s a miracle it got made back then. It took nearly two decades for William Goldman‘s 1973 novel (which is pretty damn great on its own) to find its way to the big screen, but when it finally did, the mix of ingredients was absolutely perfect.

Directed by Rob Reiner, and featuring a terrific ensemble cast — Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Andre The Giant, Christopher Guest, Peter Falk, Fred Savage — who couldn’t be better, the meta and arch bedtime story is endlessly hilarious, charming, and romantic.

Continue reading ‘The Princess Bride’ 30th Anniversary Trailer: The Greatest Bedtime Story Ever Filmed at The Playlist.
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As You Wish! 10 Inconceivable Facts for The Princess Bride’s 30th Anniversary

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As You Wish! 10 Inconceivable Facts for The Princess Bride’s 30th Anniversary As You Wish! 10 Inconceivable Facts for The Princess Bride’s 30th Anniversary Kurt Anthony10/9/2017 11:00:00 Am

“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”

Oh, wait. You don’t have six fingers on your right hand? Sorry, our mistake.

A classic tale of true love and high adventure, The Princess Bride invaded theatres on October 9, 1987 and has been romancing audiences ever since. After all, true love is the greatest thing in the world! Well, except for a nice Mlt.

Based on William Goldman’s 1973 fantasy-romance novel, the film was directed by the legendary Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally…) and features a swashbuckling cast, including Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, and André the Giant. After earning a modest $30.8M at the box office upon its release, the
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Why Do So Many Sequels Disappoint?

Neil Calloway looks at why so few sequels are better than the films that precede them…

With the advance word on Blade Runner 2049 good, with some saying it’s at least the equal of the original (read our review here), it’s got me thinking why so few sequels surpass the first film.

In theory, it should be simple; you don’t have to introduce the characters, their relationships and the setting of the movie. In place of exposition, you should have excitement. It rarely works like that, of course. You might not have to introduce all the characters, but the equilibrium reached at the end of the first film has to be disrupted, and more often than not a sequel does it in an unnatural, unbelievable way.

When a second film is greenlit, it faces an uphill struggle; given that the original film was so good it demanded
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Misery Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Special Features Announced by Scream Factory

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You want to stay on Annie Wilkes' good side... especially if you're on bed rest. This November, Scream Factory will release Rob Reiner's adaptation of Stephen King's Misery on a 4K restoration Blu-ray, and Scream Factory recently revealed the impressive special features for the release:

From Scream Factory: "The extras on our upcoming Collector's Edition of Stephen King’s iconic film Misery are now finally settled and can be officially revealed today! Official release date is November 28th but if you order directly from us you'll get it two weeks early plus receive a limited-edition rolled 18" x 24" poster ofthe newly-commissioned artwork (while supplies last). Pre-order now @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/pr…/misery-collector-s-edition…

• New 4K Restoration From The Original Film Elements

• New Interview With Director Rob Reiner

• New Interview With Special Makeup Effects Artist Greg Nicotero

• Audio Commentary With Rob Reiner

• Audio Commentary With Screenwriter William Goldman

• “Misery Loves Company” Featurette.
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‘Misery’ And ‘Into The Night’ Get Collector’s Edition Releases In November

There are a couple of fantastic collector’s editions headed your way, and they both have new bonuses adding to the value of the remastered films.

Among other things, Misery is showing up with a new interview with Rob Reiner, and Into the Night has new featurettes with John Landis and Jeff Goldblum.

With Stephen King on everyone’s radar these days, it might be the perfect time to revisit one of the best film’s based on his work.

Take a look at all the info on these releases below and mark your calendars for November 7th and 28th.

Paul Sheldon used to write for a living. Now he’s writing to stay alive. On November 28, 2017, Scream Factory proudly presents the iconic thriller Misery in its definitive home video release. The 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray comes complete with a new 4K restoration from the original film elements and hours of bonus features,
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Princess Bride Cast Share 30th Anniversary Secrets

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Princess Bride Cast Share 30th Anniversary Secrets
On September 25th, 1987, The Princess Bride hit theaters and although it was not a box office smash upon arrival, it has become one of the most beloved cult movies in history and now the cast and crew are looking back at 30 years of the romantic fantasy adventure-comedy. Rob Reiner directed the movie off of William Goldman's adaptation from his 1973 novel, The Princess Bride, and the movie has gone on to become a cultural touchstone for generations to pass down. The stars of the movie continue to have quotes recited to them on an almost daily basis and the movie may or may not have saved someone's life.

Rob Reiner recently shared a story about the cult favorite movie saving a woman's life. Reiner recounted a story where a woman came up to him at a restaurant and shared that she had been trapped in an avalanche while skiing along
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