Liam Neeson Recalls Getting Turned Down for This Role in The Princess Bride
Once upon a time, Liam Neeson was rejected out of hand for a role in The Princess Bride. The actor went into the details during the October 9 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The popular 1987 film, directed by Rob Reiner, features a number of whimsical fairy tale characters. One such character, Fezzik, was portrayed by the late Andre the Giant, who was over six feet tall. Before Andre was cast, however, Liam told Jimmy that casting directors brought him in for the role.
"I was pretty nervous knowing this was a big movie and all. I had met the casting directors in LA. So I went to the London office and Rob Reiner looked at me and said, 'He is no giant. What size are you? ' I said, 'Six feet four.' He said, "That's big, he's not a giant," Liam laughed. "So there was no 'hello thank you'. So I thought, the next time I see Rob Reiner, I'll tell him he's very rude. "
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Liam added that the director did This Is Spinal Tap so he was "forgiven" in his book.
While Liam didn't make it into the movie, The Princess Bride has seen quite a resurgence. Streaming service Quibis Show Home Movies recently "remade" the film with a number of celebrities - including Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas - playing the scenes.
The cast of the original film also met for a virtual script reading in September, which benefited the Wisconsin Democratic Party.
Liam might not have been tall enough to get into this movie, but at least he has a long list of other iconic films behind him to soften the blow ... no size requirement required.
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