This Swordfight Scene

Scenes from The Princess Bride sword fight between two professed right-handed fencers. The Sword and The Duel define this part of the story. The sword that kills Inigo’s father strikes softer upside his head. It seems as though, as if possessed by supernatural forces, Westley will have his revenge, win the day, get the girl, Princess Buttercup, and move some popcorn.

Fun of any sorts

The sword of the six-fingered man handed to The Man in Black for inspection before the duel, the sword that killed Inigo’s father in front of their eyes, a cursed sword.
Inigo and The Man in Black duel atop the Cliffs of Insanity

“Please understand, I hold you in the highest respect.” Boink!


In the next scene, a word about masks after the ever-dashing Man in Black tangles with a giant goon, played by Andre the Giant, a persona used by André René Roussimoff, actor and professional wrestler whose credits include an uncredited appearance on The Fall Guy as Killer Typhoon on the episode “Ladies on the Ropes”. The scene could have been different if Rob Reiner had secured a different actor to play Fezzik – Arnold Swarzzenegger, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and Liam Nelson were all considered for the role of Fezzik. His partner, a short character for a tall character, a common trope in old literature – lesser characters appear as having too much or too little of this or that qualities, owing to an imbalance of humors, as it were – is a gloomy ratfink.

Danny DeVito was briefly considered for the role of Vizzini. I am really confused about the casting choices, but the director of Twins, wasn’t.

Danny DeVito and Arnold Swarzeneggar are two very funny people. Take Arnold. Arnold convinced Sly Stallone to star in the stinker Who Killed Grandma? and DeVito starred in a movie where an old lady is thrown from a train, Throw Mama From the Train. The movie revolves around a dark plot Danny Devito and Billy Crystal’s characters whip up after they cross paths in a writing workshop, both in anguish.


Owen Lift (DeVito playing a dimwitted aspiring writer) convinces Larry Donner (Crystal as an embittered, unstable writer) to pull a Murder on the Orient Express criss-cross murder-for-hire. Owen AND Larry become best-sellers, and their sense of well-being secured, Hollywood be praised. In the end, like in The Princes Bride, Rob Reiner gets paid, Larry has a brand-new flame, and Owen’s mom died of natural causes, as inconceivable as that may seem. Happily evers and afters. And a walk on the beach. Buttercup and Westley on a horse in the sunset.

                  (getting set for
                  another onslaught)
             Why do you wear a mask? Were you
             burned by acid, or something like

                         MAN IN BLACK
             Oh no. It's just that they're
             terribly comfortable. I think
             everyone will be wearing them in
             the future

Fall Guy

Just Andre falling a few times for dramatic effect.

Howie from The Fall Guy, Old Town Buffet carving guy lookalike

I mistook The Carving Guy At Old Town Buffet for the director of Spaced Invaders, and somehow ended up here.

Old Town Carving Guy hung out with singers from Ukraine

The Horrid Prince

Prince Humperdinck: "I know. People are quite taken with her [the Princess]. It's odd. But when I hired Vizzini to have her murdered on our engagement day, I thought that was clever. But it's gonna be so much more moving when I strangle her on our wedding-night. Once Guilder is blamed, the nation will be truly outraged. They'll demand we go to war."


All of these characters cross paths with Vizzini, a total criminal. To quote Vizzini shortly before he dies of locaine poisoning.

You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is "Never get involved in a land war with Asia", but only slightly less well-known is this: Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line!	„
~ Vizzini's last words before he succumbs to the locaine powder.	

So, as far as I can tell, according to this absolute nonsense, is that The Old Country Buffet Carving Guy who is ‘a backup dancer for the Chip ‘n’ Dales‘, might have something to do with the current global instability. You start thinking of stuff like that when you rip up a lousy losing lottery ticket.
Our species normalized a Doomsday Clock. We invented an end to ’time’ to honor the chaos our tyrants sow. Catch that game last night?


To decipher what that metaphysical thing to do is, the crucial next move to understand the passion of this conflict even while Morgenstern glossed over it in subsequent interviews about book adapted for the movie, even if the Farm Boy Westin dies, we turn to JJ Hobblescribbles to regain the threads that weave history forward upon our yarns:

Though I thy Mithridates were,
Framed to defy the poison-dart,
Yet must thou fold me unaware
To know the rapture of thy heart,
And I but render and confess
The malice of thy tenderness.

For elegant and antique phrase,
Dearest, my lips wax all too wise;
Nor have I known a love whose praise
Our piping poets solemnize,
Neither a love where may not be
Ever so little falsity. - James Joyce
Buttercup, a flower, not quite a rose. 
Pursued by a man and a man pursuing him.
She jumped from a boat in her street clothes
And Rob Reiner gets paid again. 

Boater cups, the power, one could opine,
To capture the wild wind, bind the caprices,
Yet one feisty vessel said, 'No thanks,"
unburdened of golden fleeces.


 - Frank Reynolds

“The Aristocrats.” [snaps imaginary castanets]

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