‘Princess Bride’ Director Rob Reiner Reveals the Ending They Cut From the Movie

by Jeremy Spirogis
Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride has been lots of people’s favourite film because it got here out in 1987, or once they found it within the years since. Some followers watch the movie time and again and comprehend it by coronary heart. So once you hear a few model new scene that you just’ve by no means seen earlier than, that’s thrilling. The movie’s director, Rob Reiner, described a scene he filmed however minimize from the film.

[Spoiler alert: This article incorporates spoilers for The Princess Bride.]

Rob Reiner
Rob Reiner | Araya Diaz/FilmMagic

Reiner and the forged of The Princess Bride reunited over video chat on Sept. 13 for a fundraiser for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. After studying your complete script as their characters (Reiner performed the late Peter Falk’s function of the grandfather), they answered questions from followers. 

This is how Rob Reiner virtually ended ‘The Princess Bride’

The grandfather reads The Princess Bride to his grandson (Fred Savage within the film) whereas he’s residence from college, sick. At the tip of the story, the 4 heroes – Westley (Cary Elwes), Buttercup (Robin Wright), Fezzik (Andre the Giant) and Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) trip off on 4 white horses. Back within the bed room, the grandson asks his grandfather to return again and skim to him once more tomorrow. That’s the place the movie ends.

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L-R: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Carol Kane, and Billy Crystal | Dave Kotinsky/WireImage

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“We had this sequence that we did shoot,” Reiner mentioned. “We didn’t use it. It was after the grandfather leaves the boy and he starts leafing through the book as the grandfather leaves. And, he looks out the window and he sees the four heroes on the four white horses and they’re waving at him.”

The unused ‘Princess Bride’ ending wasn’t really easy to movie

It sounds easy, having Savage look out the window and see the characters from the story. They went to loads of bother to movie it, just for Reiner to chop it out of the film anyway.

“So we had this sequence, we had the four white horses and we wanted to suspend them in the air,” Reiner mentioned. “Now we have Andre who weighed 500 lbs. You can’t just put him on a horse. You have to figure out a way to lift him down with a guy-wire, with cables and all this.”

Andre the Giant was a superb sport on this scene

Andre was in discomfort whereas filming The Princess Bride. He had extreme again ache. His costars additionally inform tales about Andre’s legendary ingesting. This alternate ending was one such story.

“The day we were going to shoot this, the Nouveau Boujelais came out,” Reiner mentioned. “I’m not exaggerating. Andre started drinking at nine o’clock in the morning. He drank literally 20 bottles of Nouveau Beaujolais all day. We wer egoing to shoot that sequences towards the end of the day and it was eight o’clock at night and I’m walking down to the end of the soundstage at Shepperton.” 

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Andre The Giant | Erin Combs/Toronto Star through Getty Images

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Even although he directed the crew to coordinate this scene, Reiner nonetheless couldn’t imagine what he was watching. 

“There’s a little misty rain and they open the doors of the soundstage,” Reiner mentioned. “From the ceiling, a drunken giant is being lowered on cables to sit on this horse and he’s going, ‘Hello boss.’ I’m thinking what the hell kind of job do I have?”

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