By Fred Topel | Image property of Walt Disney Pictures
Bedtime Stories marks Keri Russell's return to Disney. You might remember her as a Mouseketeer back in the pre-Felicity '90s.
Keri Russell on Bedtime Stories
"It's fun," she said. "I mean, it's a Disney movie, but I think that's what's cool about this one, it's a Disney movie and what Disney does best, but it has the Sandler factor in it, which sort of keeps it like a current, modern Disney movie. I think that's what's great about it."
In the film, Adam Sandler tells bedtime stories to his niece and nephew, so acts out the story they are imagining with himself as the hero and Russell's character as a love interest. In their real world, similar events to the stories happen to the characters.
"We did do some stunts. We horseback rode a little. I did do my own rollerblading. There were a lot of physical [things], but it was mostly like me and Adam wearing crazy helmets and going, 'Get on the back and just scream a lot.' We're like, 'What are we doing? I don't know. Ahhhh!'"
Russell came to the Sandlers' attention from Waitress. "I was very pregnant at the time and Adam Sandler called me and said, 'I have a kid now, I want to make a movie my kid could see, and you're having a kid, so I think it would be fun. You should come and do it.' And I was like, okay. It was really Jackie who cast me in this. It just sounded like fun and I was so glad I said yes, because it was so fun. It was so great, and there were kids all around."
Being a working mother, Russell just joined the other working parents in front of and behind the cameras. "That was one of the cool things about this movie, is that Adam had kids, Covert had kids, Jack had kids. Everyone had kids there, so it was really fun. One of the babies would stop by and everyone would stop and play with the kids and it was really like that. It made it really nice and elephants would be on the set one day, and everyone brought their kids and took pictures with the elephants. Or I was dressed as a mermaid one day and all the kids took pictures with me as the mermaid. It was just that kind of set."
Bedtime Stories opens to theaters on December 25th.