INTERVIEW: Adam Sandler Dishes "Grown Ups"
We're letting comic fave Adam Sandler crack us up at the Malibou Mountain Lake Club where we feel like we're back at summer camp! There are games, water rides, barbeque to eat and snakes! (Well, evidently. Salma Hayek freaked on seeing one but we only saw some fish and a few dogs). Wild weekend!
In his new group comedy Grown Ups, Adam and his childhood pals from middle school reunite with their families after the funeral of their favorite sports coach and decide to spend a weekend at a rustic lakeside camp. Arguments, wild outdoor games (shoot an arrow into the air then..... run like hell) ensue as the old pals try to get their families together when the teens and kids had rather be on anything electronic than on a rope swing over the lake.
Adam comes into our interview wearing a UCLA t-shirt.
TeenHollywood: Did you go to UCLA?
Adam: No but I played hoops there.
TeenHollywood: All the ladies in the film said that you are the best basketball player of the guys in Grown Ups. Did you grow up playing?
Adam: I grew up playing church league basketball. That was a big part of my town and I thought that instead of doing a movie about high school, I just thought that it would be easier if we made it church league basketball kids that when you see them in the past it's easier to buy them as us instead of high school kids. It would look a little closer to who we were if they were little.
TeenHollywood: So they are like sixth graders then?
Adam: Yeah. I thought that sixth grade was a big time in my childhood of hoops and friendship and coming up with funny things. That's kind of what the movie is. Our kids are that age in the movie and that's when it starts, that you see the contrast to childhood now compared to what it was like when we were kids. So that's why I picked that, the 12-year-old basketball kind of thing. That was a big part of my life. These guys all played a little bit of ball and we just thought that would be interesting.
TeenHollywood: There are teen actors and younger kids in the film. Your movies usually are pretty packed with curse words. This film is PG-13 so was it hard holding that back around all the young people?
Adam: There wasn't too much cursing in this movie. But, yeah, cursing around kids you feel guilty immediately after.
TeenHollywood: So was there a penalty box where you would have to contribute cash if you swore?
Adam: (laugh) These two kids that I just shot a movie with, I said, '$20 a curse,' and we owed them $1,400 or something but not on this one.
TeenHollywood: Your character in the movie is a big Hollywood agent to the stars. Your middle school kids are pretty spoiled. Do you worry about your own kids getting too snooty?
Adam: I go to sleep thinking about it and I wake up thinking about it. I'm trying to do the right thing. With the amount of money I have it's difficult raising children the way that I was raised but I took away the west and north wing of the house from those guys. So they're not allowed in there.
TeenHollywood: You are like a big kid (we mean that in a good way). So when do you feel most like a Grown Up?
Adam: When you're around the kids you feel like you act the most grownup just because you're supposed to lead. I say things like every other day that remind me of my own parents. One thing that I do know about being a parent is that you understand why your father was in a bad mood a lot.
TeenHollywood: The MTV awards folks did a montage a few years ago of you hitting people in your movies. I don't think you punch anyone here so are you maturing as an actor?
Adam: Nope. I just couldn't find a good spot to hit anybody, but you're right. There was no bad guy in this movie though so nobody got hit. Instead of me hitting something I asked Kevin James to hit the tree. It's a little easier on my back.
TeenHollywood: Talk about some of your favorite things you did as a kid or teen that carried into your adult life.
Adam: Watchin' TV I guess. Last night I couldn't sleep. It was like two o'clock in the morning and I was thinking, 'What can I do?' I was watching TV. I thought, 'Let me do something else because I'm not going to fall asleep for a while.' So, what are my hobbies? I couldn't come up with anything. I was like 'Okay, I'll read a book. Now, where do I keep the books? I got nothing to do but watch TV.'
TeenHollywood: This movie is about a reunion with old pals. If you were having your own reunion where would you want it to be?
Adam: I would like to do this sort of reunion if I was having one, hanging out at a house and do fun stuff on a lake. That's a good place for it. In real life it's not much of a reunion (between Adam, David Spade, Rob Schneider and more) because see each other enough. It's not like this gang hasn't seen each other in thirty years. We see each other a lot and in fact I see my friends from growing up a lot. There's no reunions in my life. I see everybody too much.
TeenHollywood: How often do you see your friends from middle school or high school?
Adam: Every time I go back to New Hampshire to see my family I see my buddies. They hear I'm in town and they show up to the house and Chris Rock, when he's in L.A. I see him and I see Kevin (James) all the time. I see Spade whenever I can and [Rob] Schneider I see a lot, too.
TeenHollywood: So you are the best basketball player we hear. Who is the funniest in the cast?
Adam: Everyone has their own thing. I'll tell you that Spade is incredibly funny. He drops the most destruction bombs on you. He's quick as hell. Everybody has their moments. KJ is incredibly funny and has different ways of being funny in conversation. When KJ texts me I laugh like a baboon for like five minutes alone and I don't write that LOL thing because I'm a comedian and I think that other comedians will go, 'Are you f**king kidding me? You wrote LOL?' So I just write back, 'Good one!'
Rock is one of the funniest guys I've ever seen in my life with just summing up something and just having a different slant on it where you're just like, 'That is amazingly accurate and I can't believe that I've never said that out loud or never even thought that,' but he makes you think. For the record Schneider is one of the funniest guys you'll ever meet. He's ridiculously fast and funny.
TeenHollywood: You and your pals shoot a sharp arrow way up into the air then just run. That seems dangerous. Is there a "don't try this at home" disclaimer at the end of the film on it?
Adam: (laughs) We certainly need one. Well, no, we show that people get hurt from it. So that's the thing, right? Don't do it or you'll get hurt.
TeenHollywood: Hot Salma Hayek plays your wife in the film. How did you accomplish that one?
Adam: We talked about doing a movie for a long time and Salma was available. She was almost in (You Don’t Mess With) The Zohan. She was almost in a bunch of movies and it didn't time out right. This one timed out great and it was fun being married to Salma in the movie and she's a great girl.
At this point somebody points a digital camera at Adam from the sidelines...
Adam: Just take the picture already. Just kidding. (Adam is told it is shooting video). Oh, by the way, just so you know, when someone on the street says, 'Can I have your picture,' and they're holding it a long time and they're pressing the button, a lot of us people who get stopped a lot, we start getting irritated and in our brains we're going, 'Take the f**king picture already,' and getting angrier and angrier, a lot of times the person goes, 'Oh, I have it on video.' So they captured the moment of your thirty seconds of anger. 'Will you f**king snap it.' But anyway, go ahead.
TeenHollywood: Chris Rock (who is in the film) and you are producing a film aren't you about.....
Adam: Oh, Richard Pryor. We're doing that movie and Marlon Wayans is going to play Pryor but we'll see what happens. It hasn't really gotten rolling yet. We're just talking about it now.
TeenHollywood: And you are in a film called Jack and Jill where you play twins?
Adam: Yeah. I play me and I play my twin sister and the man version of me is doing okay. He's got a family out in L.A. and the twin sister version of me is in the Bronx and comes out to L.A. for Thanksgiving and then refuses to leave and is spoiling the man version of my family life a little bit.
TeenHollywood: Have your kids seen you dressed as Jill?
Adam: There's a mocked up picture of me that we made in my house and my daughter, Sadie, loves it. Every time I talk about this, I say, Grown Ups is coming out.' (He switches to tiny little voice to "be" his daughter)'"Jack and Jill"?' 'No. I have to do Grown Ups first.' 'Then "Jack and Jill".' 'Well, no. I'm doing one with [Jennifer] Aniston and that's going to be good.' 'Then "Jack and Jill"?' 'Nope, but we'll get there.' She's excited about that.