Mandy Patinkin explains emotional backstory to his famous The Princess Bride scene

Mandy Patinkin in The Princess Bride
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Mandy Patinkin has shared the emotional backstory behind his famous scene in The Princess Bride.

Patinkin plays Inigo Montoya in the movie, who is determined to take out the person who murdered his father, Count Rugen, AKA the Six-Fingered Man (Christopher Guest).  

When the moment finally comes, Patinkin's character speaks the famous words: "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." The scene is made even more of a tearjerker when the Six-Fingered Man offers Montoya anything he wants, and the swordsman responds: "I want my father back, you son of a bitch."

On TikTok, a fan named Amanda Webb posted a video about the scene, sharing that her father had recently died, that they both loved The Princess Bride, and that Montoya was her father's favorite character. Webb continued that she had heard Patinkin was thinking of his own late father in the scene, and wondered if the story was true. (H/T The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab))

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"It is true, a hundred percent true," Patinkin said in a video response. "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.' From the minute I read the script, I knew, I said to Kath [Patinkin's wife], 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.'"

He continued: "That moment was coming, and when I played that scene with Chris, 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."

The actor then expanded on his response in a Twitter thread about dealing with parental loss, which you can see below. 

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Patinkin will next have a voice role in animated movie The Magician's Elephant, and can currently be seen in Paramount Plus's The Good Fight.

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Molly Edwards
Entertainment Writer

I'm an Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering all things film and TV for the site's Total Film and SFX sections. I previously worked on the Disney magazines team at Immediate Media, and also wrote on the CBeebies, MEGA!, and Star Wars Galaxy titles after graduating with a BA in English.