In every Fangirl’s life there comes that one experience, that time you get to meet ‘the one’ from your fandom. That one author, actor, or entertainer whose work has impacted your life in a profound way. For me, Cary Elwes is ‘the one.’ Elwes starred in many classic films such as Robinhood Men in Tights and, of course, The Princes Bride. Not only are these movies classics, they have defined a generation of fantasy lovers and geeks. Thanks to the amazing L.A based group Nerds Like Us, I was able to attend a wonderful midnight screening of The Princess Bride. Attendees not only got to see the beloved film on the big screen, but also were treated to a sidewalk ceremony, book signing and Q&A with Mr. Elwes himself.
For me and so many others films such as The Princess Bride were cherished and integral parts of our childhood and geekdom. So what does one do when they are about to meet a childhood hero, a person whose work defined a part of your own personal history? Well if you’re me, one first spends about 24 hours in a period of general obsession & inability to form coherent thoughts, which is followed by a dignified session of literally bouncing through the line with the hyper glee of a 12 year old. Yep, behold my adult-like behavior. There is just such a timelessness about the film that just makes you feel like a kid again, and how could it not?
To quote Grandpa himself, “Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles..” It’s everything a geek girl could want.
The event was an amazing celebration of The Princess Bride that provided a jam packed night of entertainment for fans. The signing was just the tip of the iceberg. It was swiftly followed by a hand print ceremony, a Q&A with Elwes, and then finally the screening of the movie. With so much to do, it’s no wonder tickets sold out within hours of being posted online. The screening easily brought in a full house to the gorgeous Vista Theater in Los Angeles, where there was a wait list for the wait list.
It was wonderful to meet Mr. Elwes and have him sign a copy of his book, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales of the Making of the Princess Bride. He was a lovely person, and it’s genuinely hard for me to describe how cool this experience was (you know, that whole incoherent thought, thing).
The stand out gem of the night, though, was The Q&A portion of the evening. It far exceeded my expectations. I was truly not prepared for how absolutely hilarious Mr. Elwes is as a speaker. During the Q&A he shared several stories from the set and his book that had the audience positively rolling. The man actually made me laugh at a fart joke. A fart joke. I hate fart jokes. I also particularly recommend reading the “A Couple of Mishaps” section of the book. There’s a particular story about a broken toe that will add some unexpected humor to your next viewing of the film.
It was an amazing night, and definitely worth ignoring my brain’s desperate cries for sleep. (Sleep is for the weak, I tell you!!) If you are local to Southern California, I strongly suggest checking out Nerds Like Us events. You may literally get a once in a lifetime experience, for shockingly reasonable price. The movie, Q&A, and hand print ceremony attendance were a mere $11, and the book signing and meet and greet, $26, the cover price of the book. For anyone who has ever waited 3 hours in line at a convention only to pay $100 for a signature, this price is simply inconceivable (oh come on, you know I had to). And honestly, meeting one of your childhood icons? Priceless. Thank you very much to Nerds Like Us to organizing this wonderful event, and of course to Mr. Cary Elwes for donating his time, especially in the wee “oh dear God, why aren’t we asleep” hours of the night, to spend some time with his fans.