The Princess Bride Live Reading feat. Hugh Jackman
Oh, dear friends. It’s not often that I get to treat myself, but tonight I did, and it was so freaking worth it.
Roughly a week and a half ago, the Atlanta Journal Constitution wrote an article announcing that none other than Hugh Jackman would be starring in a live reading of The Princess Bride at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA.
If you’re anything like me, the sound of Hugh Jackman and The Princess Bride in the same freaking sentence is like chocolate and peanut butter.
But then add on top that all the proceeds for the live reading go to Puerto Rico and basically there was no fucking way I wasn’t going to grab a ticket.
It was the best decision I’ve made in months.
The live reading was put on by Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Thank You for Smoking), his father Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Stripes, Evolution), and some odd cast members (I apologize–I didn’t recognize any but two of them, and unfortunately I didn’t see a program listing their names) from a biopic they are shooting starring Hugh Jackman. They’ve been filming in Atlanta for two months now and they thought it would not only be a great chance to raise money for Puerto Rico, but it was a lovely thank you for how much fun they’ve had in our city.
I had so much fun that I’m pretty sure I’ve been smiling ever since the metaphorical curtains went up.
This was my first ever live reading. Basically, they had the actual screenplay for The Princess Bride film adaptation and the actors read the parts with a background behind them that changed with the scenery. It was a very fun, relaxed atmosphere.
The kicker is that I didn’t know who else would be on the cast live reading and…
Freaking J.K. Simmons was there.
I just about lost my voice cheering.
I’ve loved the man forever. Since Spider-Man and The Mexican. I’ll watch any damn thing he’s in and he was cast as Prince Humperdink, and couldn’t have been more amazing.
So basically I got to watch Wolverine vs. J. Jonah Jameson.
Aside from just needing to geek out, the reason I wanted to make a post is simply five priceless moments that I thought I should share with you guys. Keep in mind, this’ll have more relevance if you’ve seen The Princess Bride.
During the opening where the narration is describing Westley and Buttercup’s relationship, Hugh Jackman says “As you wish” for the first time and I swear to God, the entire female half of the audience simultaneously swooned. It was so noticeable that Hugh chuckled and asked us if we were all okay and then we laughed before they moved on.
During the confrontation between Vizzini and Westley, there’s that line of, “Because everyone knows iocane powder comes from Australia” and the actor pauses and stares pointedly at Hugh Jackman and he and the whole audience burst out laughing. It is then proceeded by the line, “And as we all know, Australia is entirely peopled with criminals.” We laugh even harder at that one. It was just a happy coincidence.
During the scene where Westley is on the Machine, Hugh Jackman was acting out the pain and during his flailing, he pretends to whip out his Wolverine claws and mimics slashing things up and so of course we were all cracking up.
During the scene after Inigo and Fezzik have revived Westley with the Miracle pill, there’s a line from Westley, “Well, I’ve always been a quick healer.” Cue the entire audience and the cast cracking up that yet again we have a happy coincidence line relevant to Hugh Jackman.
During the scene where Westley and Buttercup are reunited, in the film, Westley’s on the bed and Buttercup gives him little kisses in excitement. Hugh and the actress playing Buttercup are sitting next to each other, naturally, and the actress picks up Hugh’s arm and starts kissing up his arm in a Gomez-Morticia fashion. Again, absolutely hysterical. We’re all laid out in the aisles. It was too cute.
Everyone did a phenomenal job. I had so much fun. It was just a breath of fresh air in my dumpster fire life that keeps getting worse with every day. I just really want to thank the cast for their performances and thank them even more for donating the money to help Puerto Rico recover.
I hope this post brought a smile to your face.
It sure brought one to mine.