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'The Princess Bride' had a prescient line about mask wearing

September 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Princess Bride got something right. The cast and director aren't letting it get to their heads.

"It's just that masks are terribly comfortable -- I think everyone will be wearing them in the future," said Westley, presciently.

When CNN anchor Ana Cabrera on Saturday brought up that line to actor Cary Elwes, who played Westley, and director Rob Reiner, they were amazed.

Elwes in July tweeted his support for mask wearing by referencing Inigo Montoya's famous line: "Hello.

The actor said he tweeted that message because he felt it was important to cut through the politics that have emerged about wearing masks.

"Every time I tweet a line from 'Princess Bride' it gets a lot of awareness," Elwes said.

"Because Rob [Reiner] gave me the blessing of this role that happened to be a character that wears a mask, I took it upon myself to try and use that celebrity of that character to encourage people to wear a mask. "

Elwes noted he began wearing a mask in February -- the same time that President Donald Trump told reporter Bob Woodward that he knew the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Woodward's book, "Rage. "

Nearly 200,000 Americans have died from coronavirus "because this man decided to politicize a health issue," Elwes said.

Cruz last week called The Princess Bride "perfect" and said he wishes it would stay out of "Hollywood politics. "

"Ted Cruz represents, in my humble opinion, the whole fire swamp of Washington," Elwes told CNN Saturday.

Reiner said the country is more divided than it's ever been and in a 21st century version of a civil war.

The film's star-studded cast, including Elwes, Robin Wright, Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal and Reiner have agreed to join Sunday's virtual table read.

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