The Princess Bride (1987)
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Like the rest of the world, Ted Cruz is an enormous fan of The Princess Bride. The senator and Republican presidential candidate has long cited the 1987 classic as one of his all-time favorite films, and he’s taken to quoting and reenacting scenes from the movie on the campaign trail. Cruz has quoted everyone from Vizzini to Miracle Max, but he has a particular love of Mandy Patinkin’s character, the drunken Spaniard and expert swordsman, Inigo Montoya.

But in a recent interview with The New York Times, Patinkin said that Cruz is missing the point of the film.

“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?” Patinkin said.

That line is one of Inigo’s last lines in the movie: “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 said that Cruz is in the revenge business, citing his views on immigration and Syrian refugees. “This man is not putting forth ideas that are at the heart of what that movie is all about,” Patinkin said. “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.”

Patinkin also responded to photos online of Cruz’s face edited on to Inigo Montoya’s body, saying, “They Photoshopped his face right over my face! I said, ‘How can I stop this?’”

Read the full interview with Patinkin at The New York Times, and watch a video of Cruz showing off his Miracle Max impression below.

The Princess Bride
  • Movie
  • 98 minutes