Republican Senator Ted Cruz and actor Cary Elwes are in the middle of some Princess Bride themed Twitter beef and fans are watching the whole thing go down.
Senator Cruz is a self-professed superfan of Princess Bride, often quoting lines from the movie which he believes is "perfect." At least Cruz used to believe the film was perfect.
He's had some issues with the cast lately that may have changed things.
Cruz expressed complete dismay when the cast reunited in support of Democratic candidates. He wasn't thrilled when Cary Elwes diplomatically called himself a "non-fan" of Cruz.
The initial, now famous, "non-fan" jab is nothing compared to this most recent volley.
Things started when Cruz went on his podcast and declared that the real "villains" in movies like Avengers: Endgame and The Watchmen are environmentalists and that the left views people as a disease. Cruz then called Rorschach one of his favorite superheroes.
The character Rorscach is an anti-hero who is described as "a violent and ruthless vigilante driven by moral absolutism."
It didn't go over well.
One of the Watchmen writers tweeted at Cruz to inform him he got his analysis way wrong. Twitter users, media professionals and fans all spoke up to point out just how off base Cruz was.
Cary Elwes, evidently exhausted with Cruz's inability to critically watch and comprehend media, tweeted about it.
.@tedcruz How does it feel to know that not only the entire cast and crew of your favorite movie The Princess Bride… https://t.co/0sSC1epXrk— Cary Elwes (@Cary Elwes)1612344875.0
That tweet prompted this response from Cruz
.@Cary_Elwes Does this mean you want your picture back? https://t.co/iAwhbZZbEk https://t.co/6Fh2QYUcuR— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1612392652.0
Eagle-eyed users might note that something seems "off" about that image, but if you couldn't figure out what it was then please allow Cary Elwes himself to solve the mystery for you.
The picture Cruz posted appears to be a framed picture of a toy, not the actual actor.
And the message and signature do not match.
Twitter showed up like...
@Cary_Elwes @tedcruz Oh @tedcruz don’t come for Elwes if you’re not properly prepared. Did you REALLY put your name… https://t.co/pqbOkqvKjk— Crystal (@Crystal)1612415410.0
@Duffmid @Cary_Elwes @tedcruz I wonder who? https://t.co/FYxx6aAREP— DLBIININJA/ R U trained 4 likes? 🤣🤣🤣 (@DLBIININJA/ R U trained 4 likes? 🤣🤣🤣)1612417173.0
@Cary_Elwes @tedcruz That's hilarious. It's true, you can tell Cruz's name is in different handwriting than the guy's signature.— Alex Cole (@Alex Cole)1612449172.0
@RegaNorwegian @Cary_Elwes @tedcruz It appears to have been written w/ 2 different markers based on the width of the strokes.— Sean "Stay TF Home" Griffin 😷🌊✊🏻🌎 (@Sean "Stay TF Home" Griffin 😷🌊✊🏻🌎)1612413753.0
@Cary_Elwes It's not even a real photo, it's a picture of a toy! https://t.co/n3Asznn2ki— Brianna ✨We Rate Wobble Dogs (@Brianna ✨We Rate Wobble Dogs)1612451111.0
@Cary_Elwes @tedcruz I guess fakers stick together. 🤷🏼♀️ https://t.co/A2nsA4lq85— Shopgirl 🇺🇸🗣☮️ (@Shopgirl 🇺🇸🗣☮️)1612443768.0
@Cary_Elwes @PanteraSarah @tedcruz I have never loved you more than I do in this moment Cary!! Oh, and Ted...this i… https://t.co/4oEcwSoY8B— Candy Abrams (@Candy Abrams)1612480035.0
@Cary_Elwes @tedcruz Well shades of sharpiegate @tedcruz 🤡🤡🤡 https://t.co/iqTJV4FKIB— SJR (@SJR)1612460904.0
@shoomlah you say this as tho he DIDNT make a staffer print this out from a computer to make himself feel better— Geener (@Geener)1612430011.0
We don't know if Cruz knew he had a fake signature on a picture of a fake likeness of Elwes before he tried to Twitter flex...
...but he and the rest of the internet certainly know now.