Variety released a breakdown of the highest paid actors and personalities on television and the results are, for lack of a better word, staggering.
Judy Sheindlin, otherwise known as Judge Judy, racks up $47 million a year, making her the highest paid personality on television. Other Jewish stars headlining reality and talk shows are collecting sizable yearly pay checks as well, with Adam Levine making $13-15 million for “The Voice,” Chelsea Handler clocking in at $10 million a year for her Netflix show “Chelsea,” and Andy Cohen, the host of “What What Happens Live,” pulling in $4-5 million.
Television actors are also racking up sizable pay checks. Jonah Hill pulls in $350,000 per episode on the Netflix show “Maniac,” Sarah Jessica Parker makes $275,000 for each episode of her television show “Divorce,” and Mandy Patinkin gets $150,000 per episode on “Homeland.”
Well done, everybody. Well done.
Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz suffered a blow last week when Mandy Patinkin, who played the beloved character Inigo Montoya in 1987 movie “The Princess Bride,” published an essay in Time dissing Cruz’s use of his former character’s quotes on the campaign trail.
Cruz has been quoting “The Princess Bride” over the past few weeks – even acting out an entire scene during an interview with New Hampshire TV station WMUR – and Montoya’s line “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die” has become a mainstay of his performance.
Patinkin became concerned when he saw an image of Ted Cruz’s face superimposed on his own in the scene in which Montoya recites that line.
Patinkin thinks Cruz should be focusing on a different line from Montoya: “You know, it’s very strange. I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.”
“It’s the most important line that William Goldman wrote in the whole film,” Patinkin wrote. “I love the idea of giving up the vengeful nature that so many of us have. Too often we think that when we have a problem with our lives or our country that the way to fix it is to take an eye for an eye. That doesn’t help anything or anyone.”
“Ted Cruz, who uses phrases like “carpet-bombing” the people of ISIS and who said, after the incidents in Paris, that we need a war president, is using fear mongering and hate speech,” Patinkin continued. “As a citizen of the world, I’m very concerned that this kind of behavior is being cheered on by anyone.”
Patinkin isn’t the first to seize on Cruz’s “Princess Bride” performances as an opportunity to criticize his campaign rhetoric. Two days before his essay appeared, Hillary Clinton’s campaign published a GIF-filled blog post turning ideas from the movie against Cruz.
While Clinton’s campaign might have taken the subject matter lightly, it seems like Patinkin’s mind is very seriously made up: Cruz, you keep on quoting his lines. He does not think they mean what you think they mean.
The Internet is a really strange place. Just one click could bring you videos of cats pawing at menorahs — or a meme of Ted Cruz face superimposed on Mandy Patinkin’s body.
Some context: Ted Cruz, apparently a fan of the 1987 classic “The Princess Bride,” has taken to reciting the line made famous by Patinkin’s character, Inigo Montoya, on the campaign trail. I’m referring, of course to: ““Allo, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
The internet, being the internet, could not resist turning this into a meme. Which means that for the last couple of weeks, Mandy Patinkin’s inbox has been clogged with emails showing Ted Cruz’s face on his body.
“They Photoshopped his face right over my face!” Patinkin told the New York Times “I said, ‘How can I stop this?’”
But Ted-Cruz-head-on-Mandy-body angst aside, what really riles Patinkin is his belief that the Republican presidential candidate just doesn’t get the movie:
“I would like to be with Senator Cruz for a moment and I would like to respectfully ask him, since he quotes all the lines from ‘The Princess Bride’ and certainly all of my character, Inigo Montoya’s, lines, I would like to know why he doesn’t quote my favorite line?”
That favorite line, as the New York Times points out, is: “I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.” (For a recap of the scene, click here.)
“This man is not putting forth ideas that are at the heart of what that movie is all about,” Patinkin said. “I would love for Senator Cruz, and everyone creating fear mongering and hatred, to consider creating hope, optimism and love. Open your arms to these people, these refugees trying to get into our country, and open your hearts.”
Allo, my name is Mandy Patinkin. You stole my line. Prepare to die.
Mandy Patinkin’s beard (and its owner, I guess) was the star of last night’s 60 Minutes profile with Bob Simon. The best part? When Mandy — sporting a pretty rockin’ purple bandana — showed off his massive toy train collection (Skip to 9:20). Shenanigans ensued, and apparently the production team ended up playing choo-choo well into the night.
They also talked “Homeland,” but come on — trains!
Watch out, Netanyahu. You’ve got company.
Mandy Patinkin, star of the hit TV series “Homeland,” announced Tuesday night that he wants to be Israel’s next prime minister. Patinkin delivered the news while promoting the new season of “Homeland” on the set of the “Colbert Report.”
“I am going to tear a page out of your book…and I’m going to enter myself to be possibly elected as the new prime minister of Israel,” Patinkin told host Stephen Colbert, who himself launched a failed bid for president in 2008. He said plans to run in order to “balance my participation in this world for however long I might have left to be in it.”
Patinkin, who is known for his dovish views on Israel, invited the ostensibly hawkish Colbert to become his security advisor. “The combination of the two might calm the region into, on occasion, laughing at itself,” said the man better known as revenge-obsessed Inigo Montoya.
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