Westley sustained a ton of accidents all through “The Princess Bride,” however Cary Elwes reveals in his 2014 guide, “As You Want: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride” (through Looper), that certainly one of these wasn’t fictional. As soon as Westley and Buttercup are surrounded after navigating the fireplace swamp, the latter agrees to return to the fort with Prince Humperdinck, supplied that the previous is returned to his ship. Westley, nevertheless, sees by means of this ruse and is aware of the evil Rely Rugen (Christopher Visitor) is below strict directions from the prince to ensure he by no means makes it out of there alive. What most viewers do not understand is that when Rugen knocks our hero out to seize him, Elwes’ response is sort of actual.
Apparently, Visitor was being very mild with Elwes whereas faking Rugen’s makes an attempt to knock out Westley with a really actual steel sword. The take wasn’t working as a result of Elwes could not time his response correctly, so the actor requested Visitor to easily faucet him with the sword within the hopes this might make his response look extra actual. Nicely, Visitor did certainly faucet him on the pinnacle, however a bit more durable than he’d supposed, ensuing within the actor truly shedding consciousness. Elwes defined:
“Chris [Guest] swung the heavy sword down towards my head. Nevertheless, as destiny would have it, it landed only a contact more durable than both of us anticipated. And that, people, was the very last thing I bear in mind from that day’s shoot. Within the script Invoice’s [Goldman, who wrote both novel and screenplay] stage instructions from the top of this scene state: ‘The display screen goes black. Within the darkness, horrifying sounds.’ Which is exactly what occurred.”
The actor continued:
“I awoke within the emergency room, nonetheless in costume, to the horrifying sound of stitches being sewn into my cranium … and naturally Chris felt completely horrible about the entire thing, regardless that I stored telling him it wasn’t his fault. It was my dumb thought. However you understand what? That individual take was the one which ended up within the movie. So whenever you see Westley fall to the bottom and cross out, that is not appearing. That is an overzealous actor truly shedding consciousness.”
It is wild to suppose that Westley passing out onscreen was Elwes shedding consciousness in actual life earlier than being taken to the hospital, nevertheless it’s comprehensible that the shot made its method into “The Princess Bride.” That take actually would’ve regarded essentially the most real looking!