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Adam Sandler Gets Serious

Published June 19, 2006 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Sony Pictures.
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Click has all the random Adam Sandler nonsense that makes the fans love his movies, but this one gets a lot deeper than most. With a universal remote control that fast forwards all the bad parts of his life, Sandler’s character in Click learns that he’s skipped too much and struggles to save his marriage and his children.

Adam Sandler Talks Click

“We all read this thing and connected to it because, when you’re shooting a movie you are away from home most of the time,” he said. “It’s, it’s something you love to do. It’s an amazing that we get to do what we get to do, but you definitely are away from the family more than you’d like to be and time keeps passing. And I go movie to movie a lot. I’m 39 years old. I do feel like looking back on the past 10 years of my life I’ve been at work more than I’ve been at home. So I connected with this movie. By the end of the movie, when I watch it, I was excited to get home and do the right thing: be with the family. And I’ve heard a few people comment on that.”

By the end, Click gets very dark with Sandler’s character experiencing an It’s a Wonderful Life-like depiction of the worst places his life could end up. “I felt like with the remote control itself we had a lot of jokes and a lot of humor in the movie, and the thing that was attractive to all of us was that second half of the movie. I thought people who had seen some of my movies in the past, they can handle it. We give enough jokes to relax you but it gets heavier than we’ve ever had before in one of our movies.”

Director Frank Coraci emphasized that it’s less about getting heavy and more about being emotional. “More than heavy I think that part of the story brought the heart,” Coraci said. “And I think Adam and Kate’s performance has really brought the heart out in the movie. I think of it as the heart of the movie, and that’s really what we strive to do when we make movies together is make movies that make you feel things and think about life.”

Heart is something Sandler fans have already accepted. “Wedding Singer was kind of sweet too, and even Bobby Boucher had his moments of sweetness,” Sandler reminded.

Nevertheless, when things get heavy for his character, Sandler had to give performances more emotional than any of his work in Spanglish or Punch Drunk Love. “As an actor doing some of those scenes where it was heavy, what had to be the heaviness was about my father,” Sandler said of scenes in Click where his character misses his father’s funeral. “I lost my father a couple of years ago so it was very fresh. I had a different relationship with my real father than I did in the movie. My father in real life, I wanted him to be at my house all the time. When he would go away, I would be like, ‘Oh, god damnit, I want to hang out with my father today.’ I never thought my dad was a pain in the ass like my character does, but the actual finding out your father is sick or your father is dying or he’s dead, that was easy as an actor to play that because it was, it was very fresh.”

Click opens this weekend, June 23rd.

For the trailer, movie stills, posters and movie info, go to the Click Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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