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'Princess Bride' actor Cary Elwes survives fire swamp, only to get bit by a rattlesnake and survive that, too

Cary Elwes and Lisa Marie Kubikoff attend the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Elwes was bitten by a rattlesnake Monday afternoon but says he is recovering well.

Cary Elwes and Lisa Marie Kubikoff attend the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Elwes was bitten by a rattlesnake Monday afternoon but says he is recovering well. (Photo by Mike Coppola, Getty Images for Turner)


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SALT LAKE CITY – It was the scene right out of a classic Hollywood movie. Man meets woman, and they go into the fire swamp riddled with large rats and quicksand.

"We'll never survive," she says.

"Nonsense. You're only saying that because no one ever has," he assures her.

It may not have been a fire swamp or mutant rats, and there may not have been any princess to reassure like there was in the film "The Princess Bride," but actor Cary Elwes did survive.

Elwes, perhaps known best to filmgoers as Westley in the 1987 cult classic, tweeted Monday – picture and all – that he had been bitten by a rattlesnake and survived.

The incident happened Saturday, when firefighters were dispatched to Topanga State Beach at around 2:53 p.m., TMZ reported. Elwes was transported by air to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where he was treated, and says he is "recovering well."

"Bit not by a ROUS but a rattlesnake. Grateful to the staff of Malibu Urgent Care, LA County Fire Dept. and the staff and medical professionals at @UCLAHealth for their great care. Am recovering well thanks to all these wonderful folks," he tweeted.

While we wish him well, he may want to keep his eyes open for the pit of despair. We hear it's a doozy and the chains are "far too thick."

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Arianne Brown has been a contributing writer at KSL.com for many years with a focus of sharing heartwarming stories.

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