The Way Patinkin overcame perfectionism
Mandy Patinkin hopes one word defines his life and career:”connect,” said Rachel Syme in The New Yorker. The need to connect with other human beings was a key theme in Sunday in the Park With George, the 1984 musical that Patinkin, a mythical Broadway countertenor, calls the artistic project of his life. Younger fans might know him as Saul on Showtime’s
Homeland. “I will give you a beautiful story,” says Patinkin, 67.
1 afternoon on a walk, his son Gideon stated,”I saw you suffer over things I could never understand, because I was there and I saw it and it was great. I saw you distress, and that I learned that it was for nothing.” Patinkin wept. “All that suffering was a present to my own sons,” he states,”who knew it wasn’t worth it” 1 part Patinkin always relished was that his portrayal of the Spanish swordsman Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride. “I got to train with all the Olympic fencing coach from Yale for 2 weeks before I moved to England,” he says,”then the film opens and it was a modest success,” only to become his generation’s WizardofOz. “I pinch myself every time that I must be that guy.”