Asked about the Texas senator’s repeated impersonations of his character in the 1987 classic The Princess Bride, Patinkin told The New York Times, “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 revealed his favorite line to be one of his character’s last and most memorable: “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.”
According to the Times, Patinkin was referring to Cruz’s recent remark that he would “carpet-bomb [ISIS] into oblivion,” and what the actor sees as Cruz’s exploitation of Americans’ fears about immigrants and Muslims.
“This man is not putting forth ideas that are at the heart of what that movie is all about,” Patinkin said of Cruz. “I would love for Senator Cruz, and everyone creating fearmongering 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.”
When he’s not threatening to carpet-bomb ISIS, Cruz has made a habit of quoting The Princess Bride on the campaign trail. Most recently, he livened up a church service in Des Moines, Iowa, by acting out a scene in which Inigo Montoya (Patinkin) takes our “mostly dead” hero Westley (Cary Elwes) to see Miracle Max (Billy Crystal).
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it’s clear that Patinkin would like Cruz to, in the words of Count Rugen, “Stop saying that!”
“They Photoshopped his face right over my face!” Patinkin told The New York Times of another of Cruz’s reenactments. “I said, ‘How can I stop this?’ “