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The Wisconsin Democrats needed a fundraising boost. What about the message from the original cast of “The Princess Bride” and their guests?

“As you want.”

More than 110,000 people donated at least $ 1 each to tune in to “A Virtual Princess Bride Reunion” Sunday night, making the online event an inconceivable fundraising win for the Democrats here.

“Meeting the Princess Bride tonight, once in a lifetime, changes the odds of who wins Wisconsin,” said Ben Wikler, president of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “This is the largest base fundraiser we have ever had by a mile.”

Wikler added that “attending the registration for tonight and signing up by mail as a volunteer tonight can make the difference between the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration and another four years of Trump’s nightmare.”

Most of the original cast – at least those who, as director Rob Reiner put it, “aren’t dead” – gathered for a script reading of the 1987 classic.

“None of the dead will be here, but all of the living will be here, so that’s exciting,” Reiner said. “But if we have problems and things, you know, they go haywire, hang tight on us. We’re here to have fun. And as Ben pointed out, we’re basically here to get Donald Trump out of the White House so that’s the main goal.”

Those who joined in reading the script included Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, and Christopher Guest who reprized their original characters, as well as Reiner who plays the grandfather who reads a story to the sick grandson. Additional guests, including Whoopi Goldberg, replaced the others.

The three-hour event included, of course, the most famous lines from the film, from “Inconceivable” to “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die”.

It also included some lines from the film that seem to have added meaning during the coronavirus pandemic.

Asked why he’s wearing a mask, Elwes (as Westley) replied, “It’s just that they’re terribly comfortable. I think everyone will wear it in the future.”

Even with a delayed start and some technical difficulties, the cast did an extraordinary job of recreating the magic of the beloved film.

After the reading, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt moderated a question and answer session with Reiner, the actors, and others who worked on the film.

During the discussion, Patinkin was asked who was “the most interesting or unexpected person who has ever answered your line:” My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father Prepare to die. “

“I should say Senator Ted Cruz,” Patinkin said.

Patinkin, who still has the original sword from the film, said the film is about “true love,” letting go of revenge and hatred, describing them as the lessons author William Goldman left as his legacy.

“In a world full of hate and fanaticism, where black lives need matter, women’s lives, our planet. Our care and decency for each other as human beings all over the world.” Patinkin said. “We have to stop being hateful and vindictive, and we have to accept William Goldman’s last words in this script that we are all so lucky to be a part of, which is, ‘As you wish’.”

Reiner also talked about the meaning of those words and how his father, Carl Reiner, played the grandfather in his final film role, in a fan version of the film starring various celebrities.

“The last biggest wish he had was that he could stay alive so he could vote for Donald Trump offsite, and we did a little Princess Bride reading. And the last thing he ever did on camera. He played the grandfather. . I played the son in bed, “he said. “And the last thing he ever said was, ‘As you wish.’

He added: “It means a lot to me. And I love the fact that 35, 37 years later … it can be used for something as good as saving democracy.”

Contact Mary Spicuzza at (414) 224-2324 or mary.spicuzza@jrn.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MSpicuzzaMJS.

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