In addition to coining some iconic phrases, “The Princess Bride” might have also hinted at what’s happening right now in 2020.
The cast of the 1987 movie recently reunited on Sunday to raise money for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin — which infuriated apparent “Princess Bride” stan, Ted Cruz, but that’s a whole different story — and in an interview promoting the reunion, a CNN anchor pointed out a foreboding scene from the film to director Rob Reiner and actor Cary Elwes.
During the first interaction between Elwes’s character, Westley, and Fezzik, played by Andre the Giant, Fezzik pauses their fight for a moment to ask why Westley is wearing a mask.
“It’s just that masks are terribly comfortable — I think everyone will be wearing them in the future,” Westley replies.
“Boy, oh boy,” Reiner said in response.
“Bill Goldman — way ahead of his time,” Elwes commented. William Goldman was the scriptwriter of the film and the author of the book on which the movie is based.
Elwes has been particularly vocal on Twitter about the pandemic and people needing to wear masks.
Hello. My name is Coronavirus. You don’t want to wear a mask? Prepare to die.— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) July 30, 2020
“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 told CNN.
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