Welcome to the digital home of David Berry, writer/editor/designer/companion. The links up top should take you where you want to go, and the video below should explain everything you need to know about the man himself.
Most of the time, as Mandy Patinkin talks, he does it with the air of a party guest in the middle of a semi-circle. He looks off in the distance just so, scanning the memory banks for that little anecdote; he runs his hands through his blue-ribbon beard, punctuating thoughtful stretches; his voice lilts, rising and falling, pushing and pulling, the rhythms of his long career on Broadway ingrained into his speech.
And then, all of the sudden, the cocktail casualness will stop. He leans forward, and that mellifluous tenor of his finds its lower register. His eyes focus dead on yours — anyone who’s seen Homeland, where he plays CIA section chief Saul Berenson, will recognize that stare immediately, and start to wonder what they might have done wrong — and
then there is nowhere else to look, nothing else to even ponder, except what Mandy Patinkin is saying, and what it means to him.
“In my mind, that guy was cancer,” he says, with the authoritative grace of a psychiatrist. “That guy” is Count Rugen, the six-fingered nemesis of Patinkin’s so-far most iconic role, Spanish sword fighter Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride. The topic came up quite naturally, before slipping into the kind of intense anecdote you might normally save for, I don’t know, your son on his wedding day?