Mandy Patinkin had a sweet moment with a fan on TikTok this week. That sentence alone has its own layer of surprise in that Mandy Patinkin, stage legend and Homeland actor and the Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride, is on TikTok to begin with. But the connection he made with this fan in particular was particularly heartfelt. When another user by the handle of @alaska_webb reached out to Patinkin with a story about losing her father to cancer, she asked that actor if a rumor she once heard was true; did Patinkin deliver the line, "I want my father back, you son of a bitch," in memory of his own father who died from cancer? She added that Inigo Montoya was also his favorite character from the film.
That line of course is one of the most iconic from The Princess Bride. Patinkin, playing Montoya, delivers the line to Count Rugen (Christopher Guest) in battle. Patinkin and his wife, who (preciously) share an account, found the video and duet-ed it, explaining that not only did Patinkin deliver the line with his recently passed father in mind, but he took the role of Inigo Montoya as a sort of tribute to his father.
Patinkin watched along with the tearful video, clearly affected himself by the message. He then adds, "Alaska, first of all, your dad is taking care of you. Secondly, it is true... I kept talking to my dad and said, 'Dad, I'm going to get this guy.' From the minute I got this part, I told Kathryn, in my mind, if I get this six fingered guy, that means I'll kill the cancer that killed my dad, and I'll get to visit my dad." Patinkin broke into tears again, explaining that he used that moment to do the scene with Guest before retreating again and talking to his recently deceased father in a private moment on set.
"You can talk to your dad anytime you want, anywhere you want" he says, before offering to talk to her dad as well, through his prayers. If social media, in 2021 can still be good, it's only through the kindness of Mandy Patinkin. So there's your dose of "Excuse me, I have to go to the bathroom and collect myself" for the day.
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