The cast of “The Princess Bride” will reunite virtually today for a reading of the script of the 1987 classic, as a virtual fundraiser for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn and Billy Crystal will participate, along with director Rob Reiner and Patton Oswalt moderating a Q&A afterward.
The live-streamed event will be held at 7 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday
The event will raise money for the state party, with a sign-up and donation required to view but no minimum. The party also is promoting it through digital ads and social media.
Wisconsin is one of three traditionally blue battleground states that Donald Trump flipped in 2016 by an aggregate , paving his path to the White House. Joe Biden and Trump each visited Kenosha this week.
In a statement released through the state party, Elwes said, “I think most people are aware by now that Donald Trump has completely abdicated his duties as President to represent and stand up for all Americans. He has failed to keep the country safe from COVID-19 and as a result he is responsible for the devastating chaos, violence and economic collapse that we are now experiencing.”
He added, “If America is going to have a real chance at healing we must get rid of Trump. And that is only possible if we win Wisconsin. I am thrilled to be part of this very rare reunion of my colleagues from ‘The Princess Bride’ as a way to increase awareness and garner resources for the state that will determine the fate of America.”
Ben Wikler, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said, “The 2020 election is just like ‘The Princess Bride’: giants, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles. We’re thrilled that some of the world’s greatest stars are joining us to relive the magic of my favorite movie in the world and help us safely navigate the fire swamp of Wisconsin politics.”
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who has called “The Princess Bride” a favorite, expressed disappointment in the film’s key figures’ efforts on behalf of the Democratic Party.
Their response came on Sunday morning news programs:
From the archives (December 2019):Trump campaign adviser tells Wisconsin Republicans in secret recording that voting-place tactics will be stepped up