09/08/2020 03:03 EDT | Updated 09/13/2020 17:10 EDT

'Princess Bride' Fanboy Ted Cruz Rips Cast Plan To Raise Funds For Democrats

Westley tells Texas senator he could watch live-streamed cast reunion if only he could get out of the fire swamp.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is a mega-fan of Rob Reiner’s 1987 film “The Princess Bride,” but somehow he completely missed the point of the movie.

The besotted senator was responding to a tweet last week from actor Cary Elwes, who played Westley, the love interest of the Princess Bride herself (Robin Wright). Elwes announced a “virtual cast reunion” on Sept. 13 to raise money for the Wisconsin Democratic Party. Several cast members, including Elwes, Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, Wallace Shawn, Carol Kane and others will reunite for a live-streamed script reading and a question-and-answer session moderated by comedian and actor Patton Oswalt. Reiner invited fans to “have some fun storming the castle.

Cruz responded by tweeting a line about suffering from movie hero Inigo Montoya (played by Patinkin):

The cast is promoting the event under the hashtag “Dump Trumperdinck,” a comparison of President Donald Trump to the film’s villain, the evil and obnoxious King Humperdinck.

And yes, Elw popped off after he spotted Cruz’s grumbling on Twitter. He told the senator that “if only you could leave the fire swamp, you could join us.”

Here’s a taste of the fire swamp, with tongues of flame and rodents of “unusual size”:

Elwes later tweeted to Cruz that it “must be getting hot in there.”

Fans mostly thanked Cruz for raising awareness about the fundraiser and already making it a huge success:

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