All the world’s a stage for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
It may sound inconceivable – but the GOP presidential hopeful unexpectedly launched into a spirited reenactment of a scene from his favorite movie, The Princess Bride, while speaking at a church service at the Christian Life Assembly of God in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday.
After the church’s pastor prompted Cruz to do an impression from the 1987 fairytale adventure film, the Tea Party Texan admitted, “I will confess to knowing an awful lot of that movie.”
He wasn’t kidding.
Cruz spent the next two minutes acting out one of the film’s most famous scenes (Do yourself a favor and watch the real deal above, if you haven’t already – or even if you have.) in which Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) drags our “mostly dead” hero Westley (Cary Elwes) in to see Miracle Max (Billy Crystal) and his witch – er, wife – Valerie (Carol Kane).
Cruz quoted the scene practically verbatim, easily slipping back and forth between characters as the audience laughed along.
This isn’t the first time Cruz has quoted a classic film on the campaign trail – he’s also dropped lines from Jerry Maguire, The Usual Suspects and Scarface in recent months, often for some comic relief during discussions on policy.
At a campaign stop in Lenox, Iowa, on Saturday, Cruz used Jerry Maguire‘s “You had me at hello” line on a voter who complained about Obamacare.
And at a campaign stop in Charleston, South Carolina, earlier this month, he did his best Homer Simpson impression for a crowd of college students.
But the senator says the Princess Bride scene is one he’s “never shared … on a Sunday morning.”
We don’t know about you, but this has really got us craving a nice mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich right now, where the mutton is nice and lean and – well, you know the rest.