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Mandy Patinkin: 'Homeland' is a mirror

Veteran actor hopes his Showtime drama will make powerful people think twice

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Dec 31, 2012 8:35AM

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Mandy Patinkin's character on "Homeland" had the best lines in the Season 2 finale.


Who didn't cheer when a paternal Saul told Carrie (Claire Danes) she was the "smartest and the dumbest f------ person I've ever known"?


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But Patinkin, 60, didn't know how viewers would react to the beloved, award-winning Showtime drama when he first took the role, he said. Now, the most powerful men in the world want to discuss "Homeland" with him.


"We didn't know whether this show would be embraced or not," Patinkin said in the January issue of Esquire. "And then you're talking to President Clinton about it. President Obama spoke to me about it. As Shakespeare said, 'We are the mirror up to nature.' So our job is to mirror human nature, and that's what I feel 'Homeland' is doing."


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Patinkin, who will always be Inigo Montoya to fans of "The Princess Bride," added that he wants "Homeland" to make Heads of State and others look at the world in new ways.


"My hope is that before someone in real power makes a horrible decision," Patinkin said. "Something they've read or seen -- even a TV show -- might make them think twice, or a third time. Or a fourth time."


"Homeland" returns for Season 3 in the fall of 2013.

Jan 1, 2013 3:27PM
I don't for a minute think Obama calls Patinkin for "clues" but maybe to find out where he gets his information.
Dec 31, 2012 12:30PM

I think its a pretty sad state that our leaders would have to get their cues from a television show to keep their actions in check.


If this is really the case, we are screwed.

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