My guest is an honest fellow with a passion for avenging the death of his father. A passion that on occasion carries too far. Yet, ‘tis an honorable aspiration.
I’m merely glad he agreed to pause his quest and join us today.
Please welcome Inigo Montoya.
Pop Culture Q&A with Inigo Montoya
Me: Hey Inigo, it’s great to have you here. I know you’re a busy man, so I appreciate you taking time for this.
Inigo: It’s my pleasure, good sir. But I pray that we can keep this short, yes? For I must not leave off my search for long.
Me: Perfectly understandable. I’ll be watching the clock. And with that, let’s get to it. What’s your favorite fantasy weapon?
Inigo: Fantasy contains many beautiful, useful weapons. I have always preferred the rapier.
Me: Not a typical weapon. I like your answer. Continuing in the same vein, what would you do if you met a fire-breathing dragon? How would you defeat it?
Inigo: With my wit and determination and a sharp blade. Even the most powerful dragon has a weak spot.
Me: Always good to remember. Powerful foes can be defeated. Let’s hop over into reality for a bit. Who are three Hollywood stars you like to keep track of on social media?
Inigo: Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson, and Ian McKellen.
Me: Fascinating answers. May I ask the reasoning behind those choices?
Inigo: It’s my belief that actors develop the persona of a character they’ve played repeatedly. Thus, Sherlock Holmes, Black Widow, and Gandalf. Together, they could lead me to the scoundrel who killed my father.
Me: Aha! So that’s the root of this. I must say, your devotion to this cause is admirable. Anyway, while we’re on actors, who’s the greatest actor ever in your opinion?
Inigo: Tom Hanks.
Me: Hard to argue with that choice. Sticking with favorites, let’s go with movie.
Inigo: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. What more can one ask from movies?
- Daring quests
- Bold warriors
- A battle against evil
- True love
I only wish I could have entered the tale and stood alongside those valiant characters.
Me: Yep, pretty much my thoughts on the matter. While we’re sort of on the subject, would you rather live in a Gotham without Batman or a Middle-earth without Gandalf?
Inigo: That’s an easy choice, my friend. Middle-earth without Gandalf would be unbearable. If not for him, Sauron may well have regained his power and ruled without mercy. Gotham is a cruel, twisted place, but my blade would defend me well, while against the sorceries of Sauron, who could stand?
Me: You have a point there.
Inigo: My sword has a point. I have sense.
Me: Haha, fair enough. Since you mentioned Sauron, I’m curious. Who do you think is the most villainous villain of all time and space?
Inigo: Voldemort. Even his name rings with the tones of evil and treachery.
Me: Voldemort…yes. A nasty name for sure. I know you want to get back to your quest, so I’ll wrap up with a few more questions. First off, favorite genre of music.
Inigo: Country. Its soulful words speak to my heart, my friend.
Me: That’s slightly surprising, but okay. Any favorite country artists?
Inigo: Carrie Underwood and Garth Brooks.
Me: Cool. Next up, we’re off to the vast reaches of space. What’s your favorite sci-fi movie or TV show?
Inigo: I’m not one for tales of science fiction. Yet since you asked, I will oblige you with an answer. It’s impossible to top Star Wars. Valor, courage, epic quests, dastardly villains, true love. One could practically call it a fantasy set in space.
Me: Yeah, I’ve heard that comparison before. I’m not a huge Star Wars fan, but I see your reasoning. Okay, thank you for being patient with me. We’ve reached the final question.
Inigo: I do not mean to sound rude, but I am glad. I truly think I will contact Mr. Cumberbatch once this has ended. He of all people ought to be able to give me direction.
Me: Sounds like a plan. Good luck. Something tells me you’ll need it. For your last question, if you could be any character in any story, who would you pick?
Inigo: This may sound strange, but I’ve always admired the noble mouse Reepicheep. His sense of honor and gallantry. His love for and loyalty to his friends. His indomitable spirit despite his stature. Perhaps best of all, his rapier. Yes, I would be Reepicheep.
Me: Fantastic choice. I can totally see the similarities, and I mean that as a compliment.
Inigo (dipping his head): Thank you kindly.
Me: Thank you. For halting your quest to come have this interview. I appreciate it. Hope your search goes well. Let me know how things go with Benedict?
Inigo: As you wish. Now I bid you farewell.
What question would you ask Inigo? I’d love to hear your thoughts here or on social media.