In a divided world, people from opposite ends of the political spectrum have finally found something they can agree on: remaking the 1987 cult comedy classic The Princess Bride is an absolutely terrible idea.
Rumors of a possible Princess Bride remake surfaced after Variety published a profile of the film’s producer Norman Lear, where Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra said he said the idea of remaking the movie was being discussed.
“Very famous people whose names I won’t use, but they want to redo The Princess Bride,” Vinciquerra said. Cue the outrage.
Cary Elwes says it would be a “pity” to attempt a remake
The suggestion that The Princess Bride might get a reboot didn’t go over well, with everyone from star Cary Elwes to Jamie Lee Curtis to Mia Farrow swiftly tweeting their disapproval.
Elwes, who played Westley (aka the Dread Pirate Roberts), referenced one film’s famous lines in his tweet, writing, “There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this world. It would be a pity to damage this one.”
Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted that she “married the six-fingered man” (played by her husband Christopher Guest) and that “there is only one The Princess Bride.”
Actress Mia Farrow called the Rob Reiner-directed film “a perfect much-loved movie” and said a remake was a “terrible idea.”
Ted Cruz weighs in
Even Republican senator Ted Cruz weighed in on a possible remake, tweeting three times about how he wasn’t in favor of the idea.
“NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Sonny, The Princess Bride is the greatest thing, in the world … DON’T MESS WITH PERFECTION,” read his initial panicked tweet.
Cruz then shared Elwes anti-remake tweet, writing that he’d “never agreed with an idea more” and followed that up by saying it was “Inconceivable that anyone would even think to try…” remaking the film.
Cruz even retweeted Curtis, proving they had something in common despite her support of his 2018 Senate challenger Beto O’Rourke. (Curtis donated $2,000 to O’Rourke’s campaign, according to the Wrap.)
This isn’t the first time Cruz has shared his love of ‘The Princess Bride’
This isn’t the first time that Cruz has talked about his love of The Princess Bride, which is based on a novel by William Goldman, who also penned the screenplay. In 2015, he told Extra’s Mario Lopez that it was his favorite movie and even acted out a scene from the film. He also busted out the impression during a stop on the campaign trail in Iowa the same year.
At the time, at least one of the film’s stars thought Cruz was missing the point of the film. Mandy Patinkin, who played Inigo Montoya, said he only realized years after filming that the movie contained an important message about the futility of vengeance and violence. Cruz’s “fear-mongering and hate speech” carries the opposite message, the actor wrote in an essay for Time in 2015.
“I love the idea of giving up the vengeful nature that so many of us have,” Patinkin wrote. “Too often we think that when we have a problem with our lives or our country that the way to fix it is to take an eye for an eye. That doesn’t help anything or anyone. Violence only perpetrates more violence, and it becomes a vicious cycle.”
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