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'The Princess Bride' Actor Cary Elwes Airlifted To Hospital After Rattlesnake Bite

'The Princess Bride' Actor Cary Elwes Airlifted To Hospital After Rattlesnake Bite

The actor shared a close-up picture of his hand with a swollen, injured, finger that had turned blue.

Actor Cary Elwes who is best known for his roles as Westley in The Princess Bride was in an emergency situation involving a rattlesnake bite. The 57-year-old actor took to social media to share more about the incident.

Elwes shared a close-up picture of his hand with a swollen, injured, finger that had turned blue. "Bit not by a ROUS but a rattlesnake," he wrote referring to Rodents Of Unusual Size (aka R.O.U.S.) which are giant rat-like creatures that Westley and Buttercup encounter in the Fire Swamp in The Princess Bride. "Grateful to the staff of Malibu Urgent Care, LA County Fire Dept. and the staff and medical professionals at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for their great care," he went on to say.



 

The actor seemed to be in good spirits after the scare and added, "Am recovering well thanks to all these wonderful folks." He was reportedly doing yard work at his Malibu home when he was bitten by a rattlesnake. He then had to be airlifted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Saturday, as reported by TMZ. He got the required medical attention on time and will be making a full recovery.

Rattlesnakes are very common in the hills of Southern California, including Malibu. They hide in bushes and usually become more active as the temperatures rise, as per CBS News.



 

Elwes has previously shared the injuries that he sustained on the sets of the iconic Princess Bride. He went into the details in his memoir, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride. He even ended up in the hospital. In the scene Count Tyrone Rugen, played by Chris Guest, hits Westley, he put in a bit more force than was necessary. "Chris [Guest] swung the heavy sword down toward my head," Elwes recalled as per Looper. "However, as fate would have it, it landed just a touch harder than either of us anticipated. And that, folks, was the last thing I remember from that day's shoot. In the script Bill's [Goldman, who also wrote the original novel] stage directions from the end of this scene state: The screen goes black. In the darkness, frightening sounds. Which is precisely what happened."

Elwes ended up in the emergency room after this. The force of the hit had left a serious injury that needed stitches. "Chris felt absolutely terrible about the whole thing, even though I kept telling him it wasn't his fault. It was my dumb idea. But you know what? That particular take was the one that ended up in the film. So when you see Westley fall to the ground and pass out, that's not acting. That's an overzealous actor actually losing consciousness." 

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