By Fred Topel | Image property of Columbia Pictures
Kevin James plays one of the ironically labeled Grown Ups. The comedian has a reunion with his middle school friends, and all seem to act like children still. James says it’s kind of fitting to who he really is.
Kevin James One of the Grown Ups
“I think I’m playing grown up because I have kids now,” James said. “But I don’t feel grown up yet.”
Middle school was a good time for James, so it might not be so bad to relive it. “I was fit, believe it or not. Until stand-up comedy. Stand-up ruined me. Late-night in diners and drinking late and waking up at 3:00 and then doing it again the next night can ruin a body.”
Those habits have stuck with James to this day. “I think this might shock a lot of people but I like food. I’m a connoisseur of food. But bad food. I like bad food. Not high-end. [Adam Sandler] brought me to a fancy restaurant and I don’t love fancy restaurants. I like Kraft Macaroni and Cheese out of a box, and making it and doctoring it up myself. I wanted to go to Carl’s Jr. I was angry. I’m not a fancy food guy. I don’t want three carrots on a plate. That pisses me off.”
Grown-Ups is James’ second starring role alongside Sandler (plus cameos). Here’s why they get along so well. “Some of the hardest laughs I’ve had in my entire life are from the Sand-Man. Honestly, just crying. As a comedian you get used to it. So, a lot of times you’ll think something’s funny and you just kind of [nod]. That’s what your laughter comes to. That’s what it’s down to now. But he makes me laugh out loud. I mean crying.”