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Mandy Patinkin Reveals What Presidents Clinton And Obama Think Of ‘Homeland’

Actor Mandy Patinkin sits down with George to talk about turning 60, starring in the hit series 'Homeland', and the famous words of his beloved character Inigo Montoya, the vengeance-seeking, sword-swinging Spaniard from 'The Princess Bride'. In this clip, Mandy addresses some of the criticisms around 'Homeland', and reveals how Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama feel about the show.

Watch the full interview with Mandy Patinkin Monday, March 25, 2013 on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) and 11:30 p.m. (12 a.m. NT).

In this clip, Mandy talks about...

Getting praised by Presidents
GS: "Dude, you walk out of the room and a two-term president calls you back and says "keep making that show"
MP: "Ya - bill Clinton said that - I was with both these Presidents at the same moment - Obama and Clinton. They were both singing the praises of the show - they loved it"

Criticisms of the show
GS: "You recognize the role pop culture can play in shaping public opinion When you walk into a show like 'Homeland' in this era... you know that it's bigger than jut a drama. You've heard criticism about Islamophobia - that it's too real about the American reality, or not real enough. How do you feel about wading into THAT?"
MP: It's a television show - first and foremost. It's entertainment - first and foremost. Unfortunately it feeds off of real life situations and what's in the news ... I wish this show didn't have a life - because I wish there were no more conflicts in the world anymore."

Fellow star Claire Danes
GS: This is not just a great role for you in 'Homeland', but for Claire Danes. This is just another step in her career that's pretty interesting, isn't it?
MP: Well you know - there's nothing she hasn't done career wise that hasn't been fabulous, magical and interesting. She's one of our most gifted actresses of all time. But she's also one of the most extraordinary human beings, and she's become my teacher, my friend, my guide. Just like with my own kids - you know - it switches; she becomes the parent and I become the student and the child.


THE BIO: Mandy Patinkin

PHOTO: Mandy Patinkin And George On Set