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Cary Elwes interview on Pop My Culture podcast

Cary Elwes (“The Princess Bride,” “Robin Hood: Men In Tights,” “Saw,” “Twister”) joins Cole and Vanessa to chat about Andre the Giant, Rob Reiner’s Hibachi grill, sword fighting with Bob Anderson, watching Billy Crystal work, live LACMA reads, William Goldman, Rodents of Unusual Size, Christopher Guest, Errol Flynn, Fat Albert impressions, Treasure Island and writing his new memoir!

Leave your answer to the firsts question (the first pirate-related thing you were into) on our website for a chance to win a spectacular Princess Bride poster signed by Cary!

Pre-order Cary’s book “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from The Making of The Princess Bride” (out October 14th from Simon & Schuster) on Amazon and follow Cary on Twitter @Cary_Elwes

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Cary Elwes with hosts Vanessa Ragland and Cole Stratton

The Princess Bride poster signed by Cary Elwes


  • Comment by Tim Curtis — September 18, 2014 @ 8:50 pm

    First pirate related thing I was into was Jean LaFoot on the Cap’n Crunch commercials when I was growing up……

  • Comment by AJ McKeon — September 18, 2014 @ 10:38 pm

    The first pirate thing I remember being really into was Dustin Hoffman’s Captian Hook from “Hook”. I know, what “BAD FORM!” I was also really into “Hook” in general and remember getting the “Pan” coconut sword after getting my tonsils removed.

  • Comment by Kevin Murin — September 19, 2014 @ 7:06 am

    The first pirate related thing I was obsessed with was a Fisher Price pirate ship which still sits in my attic.

  • Comment by Jessica — September 19, 2014 @ 7:57 am

    Oh my lord. You have no idea how excited I am for this episode. I opened the website on my work computer and gasped when I saw it was Cary Elwes. My boss even asked if I was okay.

    My first pirate related obsession was Hook (I got into Princess Bride later in life). I can still quote that movie word for word and love to quote it randomly (where’s my bubbly? give me my bubbly!) and who doesn’t start yelling RUFIO! RUFIO! RUFIO! RU-FI-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO now and then? I also hated myself for not being able to crow well(You can fly, you can fight and you can…[crow])

  • Comment by Tom Steele — September 19, 2014 @ 8:25 am

    I can’t remember my FIRST pirate related thing because my earliest memories are of being pirate obsessed when I was about 4-5. We had just moved back to Tulsa from a year my dad spent in the DC area for training for his job, and I wanted my room done like a ship’s cabin. Probably influenced by the Atlantic Ocean? I had a pirate chest toy box my dad built, and a net above my desk with seashells and sand dollars, my bedspread was a beach. But best of all was a huge poster of a two cartoon pirate ships, filled with pirates fighting each other. There were hundreds of them. One had fallen to the deck and his head had split open and a fried egg had come out of it. It was a very silly poster. I have tried for years to find it on the web, but my memory is too spotty to succeed.

  • Comment by KevinCV — September 19, 2014 @ 5:51 pm

    Cary Elwes FTFW! Anyway, the first pirate-related thing I got into was the original game in the “Monkey Island” series when I was a kid. The insult swordfighting continues to be my favorite part of the game. I’ve even done a Let’s Play of the remake, so you know I’m a big fan of it! 🙂

  • Comment by Colin White — September 20, 2014 @ 3:26 am

    Me first memory o’ pyratea was probably fore ye was born,Twas of an even’n in ’64 when all’s a hell were poppin loose.I were a standin’ portside,just abaft the binnacle when a wynd straight from God’s arsehole caught me from aback and knocked me down flat. From that day,on Flint’s grave,swore I ta never fly SomaliAir again

  • Comment by Linda Stagner — September 20, 2014 @ 7:11 am

    My first pirate related memory was the original audio book. Disney’s album/storybook Peter Pan. It told the story on complete with wonderful songs like Jock the Croc who swallowed the clock and goes tick tock all the while! I still know all the songs by heart and was so disappointed that they were not in the movie. It really brought Peter Pan and Captain Hook to life for me.

  • Comment by James Cruise — September 21, 2014 @ 12:57 pm

    The first pirate thing I really remember getting into WAS the Princess Bride. The normal dirty pirate character in most stories never really interested me much, but once I saw The Dread Pirate Roberts I was hooked, and I destroyed at least a couple VHS copies of the movie re-watching the swordfight between Elwes and Patinkin over and over again. Years later when I had a job at a video store I remember Princess Bride coming on our Direct TV display, and I had it so well memorized that I just kept quoting it as I worked. In the middle of my shift I left to go next door and pick up a small pizza for my lunch, when I walked in the front door, I was still quoting in perfect time with the movie. My manager never looked at me the same way again.

  • Comment by Jacob Heyman — September 21, 2014 @ 10:13 pm

    I had seen hook several times and really enjoyed it when in I think the 3rd grade we learned about all the pirate things that happened in and around my state(nc) which blew my mind cause in my head pirates were like the ones in hook and Peter Pan haha and I couldn’t believe that such merry men were sailing the same seas I got sunburned at!

  • Comment by Jonah — September 22, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

    The oldest one i can remember is technically Princess Bride. I forgot that Cary played a pirate, but he was the coolest in that movie. He was a complex hero that had not be shown in the movies I had seen to that point. I will definitely rewatch it soon.

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