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Mandy Patinkin responds to fan, reveals iconic Princess Bride scene was inspired by his own father's death

Mandy Patinkin responds to fan, reveals iconic Princess Bride scene was inspired by his own father's death

Amanda Webb, who lost her father to cancer in March this year, took to TikTok and revealed that the 1987 movie was one of her dad's favorite movies in the hopes that Mandy Patinkin would see it.

This week, actor Mandy Patinkin made a tear-jerking revelation about one of the iconic scenes in the movie Princess Bride. It all began when a fan made a video in an attempt to reach out to one of her idols on social media. Amanda Webb, who lost her father to cancer in March this year, took to TikTok and revealed that the 1987 movie was one of her dad's favorite movies. In the tearful clip, she talked about the film's most famous scene where Inigo Montoya (played by Patinkin) was dueling with the evil, six-fingered Count Rugen (played by Christopher Guest) and was hell-bent on avenging his father's death. Before landing the final blow, Rugen pleads with Montoya to spare his life and offers him anything he wants in exchange. To this, Mandy delivers one of the most touching and famous lines, "I want my father back you son of a bitch."

While discussing this scene, Webb explained how her father's death had changed the way she sees Patinkin's character now. "I saw on the Internet the rumor that when Mandy Patinkin said that line, he was thinking of his own father who passed away from cancer and it was a very raw emotion," she explained brushing off her tears, according to E!Online. "Ever since then, it's kind of really stuck with me... Because it means so much more to me now than it ever did." While Webb was not certain if her video would reach the actor, she anyway thanked him for his performance, saying, "it meant so much to me and my dad."



 

As luck would have it, the Homeland star chanced upon the video and soon posted a response that moved everyone to tears. In the clip, he filmed alongside his wife, Kathryn Grody, he confirmed that the rumors were indeed true. "It is true—100 percent true," he shared on TikTok. "I went outside in this castle and walked around... And I kept talking to my dad and I said, 'Dad, I'm going to get this guy.'" The moment he read the script, Patinkin knew he'd play the role of Inigo Montoya as "in my mind, if I get this six-fingered guy [Count Rugen], that means I kill the cancer that killed my dad," he explained.

The pair then took to Twitter and expressed their support for any of his followers who were dealing with the devastation of grief. "My dad died of cancer when I was 18. Kathryn's parents died within a year of each other when she was 25, her dad of a heart attack while her mom was sick with cancer," they wrote pouring their heart out. "The loss of them has been a huge part of our lives and a huge part of what forged our bond together." They added, "We are so sorry for your loss, so moved that this movie meant something to you and your dad and so glad you asked this question." 



 

One of my favorite quotes is from the book written by Oscar Hammerstein from the Musical Carousel it's 'As long as there's one person on earth who remembers you, it isn't over.' Patinkin also added, "One of my favorite quotes is from the book written by Oscar Hammerstein from the Musical Carousel it's 'As long as there's one person on earth who remembers you, it isn't over.' That's part of why I like saying people's names in my prayers and why I'll add your dad's name. Mandy Patinkin. Thank you for sharing this with us Amanda. Big big love to you and your family and your dad."

Cover image source: Twitter | Mandy Patinkin

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