ROBIN WRIGHT: FIERY BRIDE
To steal a line from Paul Simon, this princess truly burned like a bride.
Reiner: Robin, she’s done amazing work for many years. And this was the greatest gift, that we found her.
Reitman: She had barely done anything at this point, right?
Reiner: She was in a soap opera called Santa Barbara. That was the only thing she had done up until this point. She was from Texas. But she had this perfect English accent.
He said she required almost no coaching because she had perfected the accent by listening to her father, who was British.
Reiner: The first day we shot with her was this scene where she gets lit up by the Fire Swamp. Bill Goldman says, ‘I can’t believe we’re setting our leading lady on fire on the first day!’ We were all so worried she was going to get burned.
Reitman: This is obviously all practical [i.e., not an effect added later.]
Reiner: Oh yeah, that’s real fire. [Audience laughs.] But it’s on one of those flame retardant fabrics where it doesn’t burn.