“Princess Bride” Star Says The Movie Does Not Mean What Ted Cruz Thinks It Means

Mandy Patinkin – who by the way is actually the first man I ever saw naked (in “Yentl,” not in real life!) – is not happy with Ted Cruz. Which is fair, as none of us are, frankly. See, Cruz says he is a big fan of the movie, “The Princess Bride,” and frequently indulges in doing extremely cringe-y reenactments of the movie while on the campaign trail. Like so:

Patinkin, who played Inigo Montoya in the movie, says he is now being inundated with videos of Cruz’s face superimposed on his own, reciting his lines from the film. But it’s not just Cruz’s terrible acting Patinkin has a problem with – it’s the fact that, according to Patinkin, he didn’t absorb the true message of the movie. In an interview with the New York Times, Patinkin said:

“I would like to be with Senator Cruz for a moment and I would like to respectfully ask him, since he quotes all the lines from ‘The Princess Bride’ and certainly all of my character, Inigo Montoya’s, lines, I would like to know why he doesn’t quote my favorite line?” That line, Mr. Patinkin said, was among the last his character utters in a movie that essentially taught that love conquers all.

The line, uttered after Montoya finally got his revenge on the six-fingered man who killed his father, was: “I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.”

Patinkin says that Cruz’s desire to “carpet bomb” Muslim countries “into oblivion,” as well as his other vengeful ideas, show that Cruz did not understand the true meaning of the movie. Montoya’s righteous quest for vengeance was ultimately futile — after he got it, he didn’t get the satisfaction he imagined he would. He didn’t know what to do with himself.

“Senator Cruz, if you’re going to say those lines, you’ve got to say the other line, too,” Mr. Patinkin said.

Sounding increasingly vexed, he added: “This man is not putting forth ideas that are at the heart of what that movie is all about. I would love for Senator Cruz, and everyone creating fear mongering and hatred, to consider creating hope, optimism and love. Open your arms to these people, these refugees trying to get into our country, and open your hearts.”

That would be nice, huh?

It’s pretty unlikely that this will happen though, so at the very least let’s hope that Cruz can at least refrain from doing any more bad Billy Crystal impersonations. Because shit, that is just awful.

[New York Times]