The last few years has seen Adam Sandler undergo a career change from funnyman to a serious dramatic actor who deserves an Oscar, which is surprising given this is someone who was the poster boy of 90s slapstick comedy films like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore.
So in light of Adam Sandler’s wild flex, let’s take a trip down memory lane to the time he played dodgeball against some kids on Billy Madison and made them cry, all in the name of comedy.
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For those who need a refresher on what the hell we’re on about here, Billy Madison is about a 27-year-old man-child (Adam Sandler) who has to repeat kindergarten to year 12 again in order to get his big inheritance.
During this journey, Billy Madison finds himself in a game of dodgeball with a bunch of six-year-old kids. But being the man-child he is, he doesn’t hold back at whatsoever and what unfolds is a grown adult chucking dodgeballs at a bunch of poor kids for one hilarious minute.
Now you would’ve thought there would be some sort of Hollywood magic going on with the dodgeball scene in Billy Madison since chucking balls at kids in the name of comedy sounds like a big no no, but Adam Sandler says he legit went all out on those children and actually made some cry.
Appearing on Conan to reminisce about his time on Billy Madison, Sandler recalled the film was the first one he co-wrote and had some sort of control over. During the filming of the dodgeball scene, he revealed that he went all out against the kids while still trying to inject some humour into it, which didn’t go down well with some parents.
After hitting “some kid pretty hard” and making him cry, the kid’s parents approached Sandler afterwards and what unfolded was an unintentionally hilarious exchange where the actor tried to explain what happened.
“The parents come up to me and they’re like, ‘That’s a kid. You nailed that kid!’ And I’m like, ‘No, no, no. That’s the scene!’
“I said, ‘Didn’t they read the script?’ and they go, ‘They’re six, they don’t read yet!’”
Well getting a laugh isn’t easy and sometimes it may require a poor kid copping a dodgeball to the face by Adam Sandler. But hey, at least everyone got some laughs out of it. Well, maybe except the poor kid.
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