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Mandy Patinkin to Cruz: You don’t get ‘The Princess Bride’

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Sen. Ted Cruz is a diehard fan of “The Princess Bride,” but one of the film’s stars, Mandy Patinkin, says the Texas Republican isn’t “putting forth ideas that are at the heart of what that movie is all about.”

The GOP presidential candidate has long professed his love of the 1987 flick, even acting out an entire scene from the movie during an interview with a New Hampshire radio station last month.

{mosads}But Patinkin, whose character delivers one of the most quoted lines from the comedy-adventure — “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die” — says there’s one utterance that Cruz leaves out when expressing his “Princess Bride” fandom.

“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 tells The New York Times in an interview published Monday.

The line, Patinkin tells the paper, is one that teaches love conquers all: “After the princess flies out the window and falls into Andre the Giant’s arms, Inigo says to the Man in Black, ‘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.’”

The 63-year-old performer says he would tell Cruz, “If you’re going to say those lines, you’ve got to say the other line, too.”

Patinkin, who plays a CIA chief on “Homeland,” detailed how he helped refugees get ashore in Greece in November while filming the Showtime series’s fifth season. “I’m not a politician. I’m an actor,” Patinkin told CBS News last week. “I refer to myself as a humanitician.”

Patinkin criticized Cruz in his interview with the Times, saying “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.”

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