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Adam Sandler Tells Bedtime Stories

Published December 28, 2008 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Walt Disney Pictures
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Adam Sandler didn't forget his core frat boy fans when he made the kids movie Bedtime Stories. He still worked in cameos from the likes of Rob Schneider and Allen Covert. He even figured out a way to speak gibberish like he did in Billy Madison.

Adam Sandler Switches Gears for Bedtime Stories


"There's much more confidence in it now," Sandler said. "Back then I was like, 'What are they going to think about that?' Now I'm like, you know what? They'll think what they think, I'm doing it."

It wasn't so much a matter of working clean for Sandler. It was more about imitatable behavior. "A lot of times, my movies, the kids end up seeing them anyways, but some of their mothers yell at me and tell me I have corrupted their child and influenced them to pee on walls so I wanted to make sure that I did one movie in my career that mothers hug me for. And this could be it. "

It also appealed to Sandler as a father now. "I read it, I must say the thing that stood out the most was the gumball scene. I do have kids now, I do. I've always wanted to do a family movie, I've always loved every Sunday night we'd watch a Disney movie, Kurt Russell, I was a big fan of Kurt Russell growing up and I always wanted to be the modern day Kurt Russell. I loved Lopez's script, I thought it was sweet, and I knew Shankman was there to bring a great visual creative look and he has great style, he's a great man."



In the film, Sandler acts out the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew. He gets to play a medieval knave, a cowboy, a gladiator and a spaceman. "I look great in a cowboy hat. I think I was fantastic in the leather pants in the space scene. I really look good in the Gladiator costume. I'm just guessing I look good from the two reactions. Keri Russell would always go, 'Oh my god' and Shankman would always go, 'Oh my god.'"

If Bedtime Stories is as big as all of Sandler's movies, expect him to make more family films. "Absolutely, I loved it. I had a great time and like me and Keri, we both are new parents. It's bizarre, when the kids are laughing in the audience, I tear up I'm so happy. I did a nice thing. I think I did a good thing. I'm so happy to hear kids laugh and I'm so happy it gives a place for parents to take their kids. I keep thinking about grandmas because of my mother. My mother sometimes will take my kid to a movie and I'm just like, 'Oh that's going to be cool, grandma having a nice time or grandpa would take their grandkids, whatever.' I did have a great time doing it. I would love to do it again."

Bedtime Stories opens to theaters on December 25th.

For the trailers, posters, stills and more movie info, go to the Bedtime Stories Movie Page.

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