‘Stranger Things’ – Elwes plays sleazy ’80s politician

Elwes no ‘Stranger’ to hit series

Cary Elwes

It’s the summer of 1985 in Hawkins, Ind., and there’s a new mayor in town as Season 3 of Netflix’s fantasy drama series “Stranger Things” begins streaming Thursday, July 4.

Meet Mayor Larry Kline, a prototype sleazy 1980s politician played by Cary Elwes (“The Princess Bride,” “The Art of More”), who must guide his town through danger when old enemies and new pose threats. At the same time, romance blossoms for members of the Hawkins crew, who must reconcile the new relationships with the old and figure out how to grow up without growing apart.

“It’s the first show I ever binge-watched in my life and sat all the way through, first and second seasons,” the 56-year-old London native says of why he signed on. “So I was definitely intrigued by the Duffers (series creators/writers/producers Matt and Ross) and their concept and the quality of the filmmaking and the production value and the talent, everything. It was very exciting. … And the Duffers promised a wild ride and then they delivered and then some.”

Also new to the series is Maya Hawke (“Little Women”), who joins a cast that includes returnees Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Winona Ryder, David Harbour and Priah Ferguson.

As for his character, Elwes admits he had “a mishmash of a number of people I’ve been studying” in mind when creating Kline but doesn’t want to get into specifics, lest he offend real-life sleazy politicians.

“He’s definitely an untrustworthy individual,” the actor explains, “and I think that fits in with the Duffers’ narrative of how they look at authority in that series. You know, most everyone working for the government is viewed through a suspect lens.”

Full name: Ivan Simon Cary Elwes

Birth date: Oct. 26, 1962

Birthplace: London

Alma mater: Sarah Lawrence College

Family ties: He and wife Lisa, a photographer, are parents of 12-year-old Dominique; the son of a portrait painter and a socialite

TV credits include: “Seinfeld,” “From the Earth to the Moon,” “The Outer Limits,” “The X-Files,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Wonder Woman,” “Leverage,” “Perception,” “Psych,” “Granite Flats,” “Family Guy” (voice), “Sofia the First” (voice), “The Art of More,” “Life in Pieces,” “Youth & Consequences”

Movie credits include: “Yesterday’s Hero” (1979), “Oxford Blues” (1984), “The Princess Bride” (1987), “Glory” (1989), “Days of Thunder” (1990), “Hot Shots!” (1991), “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992), “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” (1993), “Liar Liar” (1997), “Cradle Will Rock” (1999), “The Cat’s Meow” (2001), “Saw” (2004), “Georgia Rule” (2007), “Saw 3D: The Final Chapter” (2010), “No Strings Attached” (2011)

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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