Robin Wright’s most famous role is undeniably that of Buttercup in the 80s fantasy film, The Princess Bride. The film, which was based on a novel of the same name, quickly gained cult status and is today one of the most-quoted films from its era. Although the film is popular among those who grew up in the 80s or watched the film with their older siblings in the 90s, there are still many surprises, secrets and trivia that many people don’t know. The following are 3 things that you didn’t know about Robin Wright and the 1980s fantasy, The Princess Bride.
Wright and Cary Elwes were “smitten” with each other
Both Wright and Elwes admitted that they became “smitten” with each other during the production of the film. Elwes later said that he “couldn’t concentrate on much” after the first time he met Robin on the set.
Robin Wright had some troubles on the set
While filming some of the more lengthy outdoor scenes, Robin Wright became visibly cold and could not keep herself from shaking. Co-star Andre the Giant kept Wright warm by placing one of his hands on her head—the actor’s hands were large enough to cover her entire head, and help to keep her warm.
Another trouble occurred during the forest scene when Buttercup’s dress catches on fire. During the scene, William Goldman—the writer of the original novel—was on set. Even though he knew that her dress was meant to catch fire in the scene, he could not help but yelling: “Her dress is on fire!” His outburst ruined the take and the scene had to be reshot.
During the scene when Wright was meant to jump into Andre the Giant’s arms from a window, the actor was actually unable to support the weight of Wright—this was due to back problems that Andre the Giant was suffering at the time. To achieve the effect, the show’s producers attached Wright to wires to avoid any strain on the actor.
Wright had to extend a contract to be in the film
At the time of the film’s production, Wright was part of Santa Barbara, a soap opera. In order to get the necessary time off required to film The Princess Bride, Wright had to agree to extend her contract in the show by a full year.