Mandi Bierly
May 27, 2010 AT 06:33 PM EDT

Image Credit: Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage.comIt’s been a while since we revisited our concept of the “nut guard.” That’s a role so beloved, it protects a star like an immunity shield when you want to personally kick him (or her) for appearing in a stinker. Think Vince Vaughn and Swingers, the only reason he wasn’t doubled over in pain after Fred Claus. Or Jennifer Lopez and Out of Sight — regardless of what she does, you’ll never write her off completely. Reading today that Cary Elwes has joined the cast of Ivan Reitman’s now-untitled Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher comedy (formerly known as Friends with Benefits), I can confirm that he’s been sporting a Princess Bride nut guard all these years. Good for him. According to Variety, he’ll play a physician who “works with Portman’s character and develops a flirtatious relationship.” Sounds like he could be charming and a little sleazy. Or, that could just be wishful thinking.

Anyone else happy that Elwes’ nut guard has stayed intact long enough for him to land another film we actually want to see?

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