Yet actor Mandy Patinkin, who famously portrayed Inigo Montoya in the film, told Stephen Colbert on Friday that the Texas Republican was quoting the wrong lines.
"I've since asked Sen. Cruz to consider the line, because he goes around campaigning, loves the movie -- knows it's a family movie -- quotes every line, but he leaves this line out," Patinkin explained. "It might do him some good to consider this line, considering it is the polar-opposite of half of his modus operandi."
He then said the line, in his famous Montoya voice.
"I've been in the revenge business for so long, now that it's over, I don't know what to do with the rest of my life," he said.
"I'd just ask us all to consider what that means," Patinkin requested. "People are so consumed with revenge -- getting back -- killing. For what? Once you get revenge, does it make your life better? No."
"So what would you do with that energy?" the actor wondered.
"I'd watch Homeland," Colbert replied. "Cause I'm a huge fan of Homeland.