Mandy Patinkin Says He Thought of Father During ‘the Princess Bride’

  • A fan posted a video about her and her father’s relationship with “The Princess Bride.”
  • Mandy Patinkin, who played Inigo Montoya in the film, responded to the emotional video.
  • He said that he had been thinking of his own father while delivering an iconic line.

Mandy Patinkin, a Tony and Emmy award-winning actor best known for his role as Inigo Montoya in the seminal film “The Princess Bride,” responded to a fan’s TikTok about her father’s death and said he was thinking of his own father, who died of cancer, when delivering one of the film’s most iconic lines. 

“The Princess Bride” is a classic 1987 film directed by Rob Reiner. Throughout the movie, Patinkin’s character Inigo Montoya pursues the man who killed his father, Count Rugen (played by Christopher Guest), the man with the six-fingered hand. In a final duel, Montoya pushes Rugen to offer him “everything I ask for” while holding him at swordpoint. When Rugen says he’ll give him anything he wants, Montoya replies, “I want my father back, you son of a b-tch” before killing him. 

In a video, TikTok user @alaska_webb, whose profile indicates that her name is Amanda Webb, spoke about her father’s recent death from cancer and his love for “The Princess Bride.”

“‘Princess Bride’ was one of his favorite movies. It’s always been one of my favorite movies, and Inigo Montoya was his favorite character from the film, played by the wonderful Mandy Patinkin,” Webb says in the video. 

She then references Montoya’s “I want my father back” line.

“I saw on the internet the rumor that when Mandy Patinkin said that line, he was thinking of his own father who had passed away from cancer, and it was a very raw emotion,” Webb says. “Ever since then it’s kind of really stuck with me, so I guess I just kind of wanted to know if that’s true thing, if that’s a real thing… It means so much more to me now than it ever did.”

Patinkin and his wife Kathryn Grody responded on the actor’s TikTok account, @mandypatinktok.

“First of all, your dad is taking care of you,” Patinkin says. “Secondly, it is true, a hundred percent true.”

“I went outside in this castle and walked around, and I kept talking to my dad, and I said ‘Dad, I’m gonna get this guy,'” Patinkin says. “From the minute I read the script I knew, I said to Kat, I said, ‘I’m gonna do this part because in my mind if I get the six-fingered guy, that means I kill the cancer that killed my dad and I’ll get to visit my dad.”

Patinkin, on the verge of tears, “And that moment was coming, and I went and I played that scene with Chris [Guest], and then I went back out there and talked to my dad. And so, you can talk to your dad anytime you want, anywhere you want.”

Patinkin also asked Webb to share her father’s name with him, so that he could include him in his daily prayers.

In a longer video posted on Twitter, Grody recommended The Dinner Party, a community of 20- and 30-year-olds who had experienced the loss of a close family member or friend, as a way to connect with others going through the same thing.

In a Twitter thread, Patinkin also shared one of his favorite quotes and thanked Webb for sharing her story.

“All I can say is that if he knew right now what was happening, he’d say ‘Oh s— girlie, that’s pretty cool,'” Webb said of her father in a video responding to Patinkin’s.

“Thank you, thank you. I am so overwhelmed.”

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