"We had scenes where we had to ride in and out a lot," Sarandon explained. "We worked very hard at it. We rode as much as possible when we were not shooting.
"Unfortunately, most of it was not in the movie."
On the plus side, "it gave me a love of riding that I've had since then," he said.
Sarandon also spoke of working with the late Andre the Giant, who he called "a really remarkable fellow" with a strong sense of self and wonderful sense of humor. He found it a privilege to get to know the 7-foot-4 inch, 475-pound actor/wrestler.
"He was seen by most people as a freak or a fairytale figure," Sarandon said. "That's the reason he loved being on the movie so much: we treated him like an actor in the company. We were all in the same circus, basically. We didn't treat him any differently."
His daughters, on the other hand, didn't enjoy their meeting with him.
"My kids, who were 4 and 2 years old at the time, kept bugging me and bugging me to meet Andre," Sarandon recalled. "When they finally saw him, they completely freaked out, literally screaming at the top of their lungs in fear. I had to remove them from the scene."
Sarandon said he and his cast mates knew they were working on something special when they filmed "The Princess Bride," but they had no idea the kind of life it would take on. He attributed that, in part, to the wide generational appeal of the film.
"One of the great things is it has different sensibilities to different generations," he said. "People watch it when they're younger, and then start understanding the humor and allusions as they get older. It becomes richer as you get older, but it's also the kind of movie you can watch with your kids. It becomes a shared experience."
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Remaining Flashback Film Series movies
Feb. 26, 27:"To Kill a Mockinbird"
March 4, 5:"Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
March 11, 12:" 2001: A Space Odyssey"
March 18, 19:"The Breakfast Club"
March 25, 26:"A Nightmare on Elm Street" (original)
April 1,2:"West Side Story"
April 8, 9:"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"
April 15, 16:"Alien"