Whether Ted Cruz is actually the U.S. senator he says he is, or one of the many alter-egos Internet users speculate he is, the man has feelings. Feelings about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
The Republican presidential candidate appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Wednesday to answer a few of the comedian’s pressing questions. Among them, “What is your favorite cereal?” and “Who do you like better: Obama or Trump?” In choosing between Obama and Trump, Cruz suggested he wasn’t entirely confident he wouldn’t run over Trump if given the chance, but asserted, “I dislike Obama’s policies more.” Kimmel wasn’t wowed by Cruz’s cereal of choice: Mueslix. When Cruz agreed his choice was surprising, and Kimmel might have “expected Captain Crunch,” the late-night host assured him, “No, I was expecting Mueslix.”
It was Cruz’s answer to “Which is the last movie you cried in?” that had the two very different people seeing eye-to-eye.
“I would almost say the last ‘Star Wars’ movie,” Cruz said after only a second of hesitation. “I mean, I stood in line for two hours for ‘Empire Strikes Back.’ Han Solo was my hero — I’m not going to spoil it but I’ll just say there was an image in that movie that was traumatic at a level I never wanted to see.”
“I was almost embarrassed when the tears started to well up in my eyes,” Kimmel conceded.
We’re slightly surprised it wasn’t Cruz’s own rendition of “The Princess Bride,” the senator’s favorite movie, that got those brown eyes going; especially considering Mandy Patinkin, who starred in the film, asked him directly to stop quoting it.
You can watch Kimmel’s interview below: