When I was a sophomore in college, my mom came to campus for a weekend visit, and we decided to go to the movies on Saturday night. I can remember agonizing over what we would see together.
It couldn’t be too sexy, or have a lot of bad language. I had to be really careful about the subject matter, too. (You would have thought my mom was in grade school.)
I ended up choosing a ‘compromise film’ — a movie that wasn’t necessarily at the top of my list, but that I didn’t think would offend my mom. And it ended up being one of our favorites of all time — the amazingly wonderful, ever-so-classic “The Princess Bride.”
I ended up seeing “The Princess Bride” in the theater about seven or eight times. I kept taking friends back to see it (plus, movies were a lot cheaper back then). I thought a movie that funny and sweet and smart and one-of-a-kind should be experienced by everyone…and I certainly did my part to get butts in the seats.
I also had a huge girly crush on Cary Elwes, who played Westley. “As you wish.” Sigh.
For Christmas that year, I got “The Princess Bride” movie (on VHS), the soundtrack (it was an actual LP record), the poster, the book — you name it. I was all “Princess Bride” all the time.
And today — this very afternoon, in fact — I have the opportunity to meet Cary Elwes in person. He’s appearing at New York Comic Con at the Javits Center.
Cary Elwes. Here…in New York City. And I may actually get to speak to him.