THE TRUE MEANING OF ‘AS YOU WISH …’
Reitman: This is one of the best examples of watching two people fall in love within 20 seconds of meeting. [Laughter.] They have extraordinary chemistry. As a director, how do you capture something like that?
Reiner: First of all, you have a brilliant script by William Goldman. And the term ‘As you wish,’ which as [the grandfather] describes – whenever [Westley] was saying ‘As you wish’ what he was really saying was ‘I love you.’ You’ll see, watch …
Onscreen, Cary Elwes looks deeply into Robin Wright’s eyes and whispers ‘As you wish …’
Reiner: See … ! [Audience laughs] It means ‘I love you.’
Reitman: I read somewhere Cary Elwes said everywhere he goes to this day, women ask him to say that to them. [Laughter.]
Reiner: Yes, and people have Princess Bride weddings. They have ‘As you wish’ written inside their rings. They do all kinds of things like that.