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This line from ‘The Princess Bride’ has something to say about face masks

Should you wear a mask? A line from ‘The Princess Bride’ makes the case

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Cary Elwes and Robin Wright in “The Princess Bride.”

Cary Elwes and Robin Wright in “The Princess Bride.”

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“The Princess Bride” had a rather predictive line about the coronavirus pandemic — or at least the idea of face masks.

  • The film includes a scene where Fezzik sees Westley, who is masked in the 1987 film.
  • The giant asks Westley why he’s wearing a mask.
  • Westley responds: “It’s just that masks are terribly comfortable — I think everyone will be wearing them in the future.”

The line has come back into the national conversation after CNN discussed it with actor Cary Elwes, who played Westley, and “Princess Pride” director Rob Reiner. The two openly criticized the U.S. response to the pandemic.

In fact, in July, Elwes called on Americans to wear masks, using a line from “The Princess Bride.”

  • “Hello. My name is Coronavirus. You don’t want to wear a mask? Prepare to die.”