Cary Elwes is a veteran actor of stage and screen, and he’s had plenty of memorable roles in movies like Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Liar Liar, and Saw. However, chances are, you know him best as Westley from The Princess Bride.
As the young farm boy who disappears, becomes a Dread Pirate, returns to save his true love Buttercup, and fights a combination of Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant, and Wallace Shawn to get to her, Elwes was pretty much everybody’s favorite swashbuckling action hero while growing up. He was unmatched with a sword, quick-thinking, and of course, witty as hell.
However, what always shone through was his unabashed, genuine love for Buttercup and the fact that he would do absolutely anything to save her. I mean, he even comes to death’s door and has to be revived by a literal miracle in his quest!
This is of course helped out by the fact that Elwes and co-star Robin Wright were absolutely smitten with each other during filming, which definitely shines through in the performance. Ultimately though, the point is, for most of us, Elwes is never not going to be Westley.
Well apparently we’re not the only ones who think so, because Elwes himself reprised the role for a charming as hell commercial for Culligan Water, and it’s every bit as amazing as you’d think!
Appearing as a very Westley version of himself, the commercial has Elwes running around and doing chores involving water for a different princess: his young daughter. Throughout the whole thing, he keeps all the charm, grace, and self-aware hilariousness that he had in The Princess Bride, making it feel like he’s barely aged a day since the movie aired.
There’s plenty of other references to the movie too. First of all, Elwes starts off reading from his own book, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, in the same way that Peter Faulk’s grandfather character does to Fred Savage in the original. And of course, each of his daughter’s demanding requests is met with a comment of “as you wish,” the same line he says to Buttercup in the movie.
— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) January 8, 2018