Mandy Patinkin: The Real Politics in ‘The Princess Bride’
“I’m worried not about what Ted Cruz quotes—but about what he’s missing”
Hello. My name is Mandy Patinkin. You're killing The Princess Bride. Prepare to be schooled.
"I’m worried not about what Ted Cruz quotes from the movie—but about what he’s missing". The man who famously played the Spanish Swordsman Inigo Montoya in the epic The Princess Bride would like to know why Cruz never uses the quote, "You know it's very strange. 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."
"I find it ironic that everyone who quotes the movie never quotes that line," he added. "It's the most important line that William Goldman wrote in the whole film."
He reveals his interpretation of the line: Sloughing off vengeance and embracing peace is the only resolution to many of the world's ills. Violence merely begets more violence, the actor says, and trigger-happy candidates like Cruz, who has promised to bomb ISIS so hard he'll know "if sand can glow in the dark," continue to miss this point.
"I love the idea of giving up the vengeful nature that so many of us have," Patinkin writes. "Too often we think that when we have a problem with our lives or our country that the way to fix it is to take an eye for an eye. That doesn't help anything or anyone."
Patinkin writes of refugees, who want to come to the United States, desperately seeking "dignity," "peace" and "freedom" — turning them away will reinforce the vicious cycle humanity finds itself in, he contends.
"Every character in that movie is looking to be loved," Patinkin concludes. "I'm sure Ted Cruz wants to be loved. I know Donald Trump does. Everyone wants it. But we mustn't look for love by spreading hate."