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Mandy Patinkin’s real grief for father fed ‘Princess Bride’ character

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Actor Mandy Patinkin reached out Wednesday through social media to help comfort a fan grieving over the death of her father, and revealed that it was the memory of his own parent that inspired him during an iconic scene in the film “The Princess Bride.”

Patinkin responded personally to TikTok user Amanda Webb after she posted a clip Sunday on the video-sharing site in which she said her father, who died in March of cancer, was a big fan of the 1987 cult movie.

In the video, published on her account @alaska_webb, she said her father’s favorite character was Inigo Montoya, played by Patinkin.

Webb noted that she had seen a rumor online that in Patinkin’s most famous scene of the film, when he confronts his nemesis Count Rugen, the six-fingered man who killed Montoya’s father, the actor was inspired by the memory of his own father who died of cancer when he was 18.

Finally finding his father’s killer after years of searching, Montoya repeats the line he long practiced for the meeting as he finds within himself the strength to continue fighting even though he’s badly injured: “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

As he finally beats Rugen, the once-disdainful count begs Montoya to spare his life, promising him money, power, “anything you want,” before attempting one final treacherous blow. The swordsman then........

© The Times of Israel

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