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When you find out about the upcoming Safdie Brothers film, “Uncut Gems,” your first reaction is probably, “Wait a second, this stars Adam Sandler?” You wouldn’t be wrong with being a bit taken aback by the fact that Sandler, who hasn’t done a true dramatic role in a number of years, and has recently been starring in some not-so-great Netflix comedy films, is the star of the hard-boiled thriller about a jeweler that finds himself in way over his head in New York City.
But according to a new interview with EW, the Safdie Brothers and Sandler explained why the actor is perfect for the role and why the film benefits from his inclusion.
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“We grew up with him, and his work was so important to us,” Josh Safdie said. “Like every comedian, he has an incredible sense of timing, and this performance is so much about timing. If everyone can just accept that he’s a great actor, that he’s the only person who could make those great, iconic movies — no one else could make ‘Happy Gilmore,’ only Adam Sandler.”
“[Stand-up is] about hitting beats, beats that you know are the backbone,” added the director. “But then watching him as a performer find ways to inject improvisation into those lines… It’s a very human, raw place to be, to put yourself out there like that.”
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