True or False Trivia: The Princess Bride


One of the fascinating pieces of trivia below is true*, the other is false. Do YOU know which is which?

The Princess Bride (1987)

1) Count Rugen’s death in the original novel was more graphic. After telling the “son of a bitch” he wants his father back, Inigo proceeds to cut Rugen’s heart out, even describing what he’s doing to Rugen, claiming that the count had figuratively done the same to him when he murdered his father years before (Inigo even tells Fezzik earlier on, “That is the sound of ultimate suffering. My heart made that sound when Rugen slaughtered my father. The Man in Black makes it now.”) However, before Inigo finishes cutting out the Count’s heart, Rugen dies of fright.

Rugen run


2) There was a lot of competition at the time for the role of Fezzik between NFL players and WWF Superstars. After months of auditions, director Rob Reiner just couldn’t decide who to cast, so he ordered the 20 men being considered to settle it in the ring in a battle royal at WrestleMania 2. The battle royal featured NFL players such as Jimbo Covert, Bill Fralic, Russ Francis, Ernie Holmes, Harvey Martin and William “The Refrigerator” Perry, while WWF stars included André the Giant, Ted Arcidi, Tony Atlas, The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart), The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair and Jim Brunzell), Hillbilly Jim, The Iron Sheik, King Tonga, Pedro Morales, Bruno Sammartino, Danny Spivey and Big John Studd. In the end of the match, André the Giant and both members of the Hart Foundation were the final three participants. André first eliminated Neidhart and then Hart to win the battle royal and the role of Fezzik. Andre had a wonderful time making the movie and gave a memorable performance as the strong but lovable Fezzik, although at one point during filming he was unceremoniously attacked with a steel chair by Big John Studd. Until the day he died he would always fondly consider his time on set to be one of the best of his life, and happily went to his grave never fully realizing that Westley and Buttercup were brother and sister.

Princess Bride kiss


*true trivia courtesy of

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