Cast of 'Grown Ups'

*With career box office tallies that top the 3 billion mark, actor/comedian Adam Sandler is one of the most successful talents in Hollywood. For his new summer movie, Sandler teams with an all-star cast of funnymen that includes Chris Rock, Kevin Smith, David Spade and Rob Schneider for “Grown Ups” A story about a group of childhood friends who reunite 30 years later, after their beloved former basketball coach dies. Needless to say, much mayhem and big laughs are in store for film goers. The Robertson Treatment caught up with Sandler to talk about his drive to succeed and to find out what it was like to team up with Chris Rock.

Robertson Treatment: As the writer, did you write with this cast in mind?

AS: Yes, I did. Me and Fred Wolf wrote the movie. The whole idea was about putting together old friends that get to hang out for a weekend. These guys are my old friends, so it made total sense. I’m glad they said yes to it.

RT:What drives you to succeed?

AS: I don’t know what drives me to succeed. I know I want to always do the best I can. I never was like that, as a kid. I guess I was in little league baseball, as far as I wanted to be good at that, but I certainly wasn’t the best at school. But, this comedy thing, and making movies and stuff, I love it so much that I do get driven to push myself as hard as I can.

RT: When did it actually dawn on you that you’re actually a grown up, or do you even feel like a grown-up yet?

AS: When you’re around the kids, you feel like you act the most grown up just because you’re supposed to lead. I say things, like every other parent, that reminds you of your own parents. One thing I do know about being a parent, you understand why your father was in a bad mood a lot.

RT: Is there a consensus among this cast, as to who is actually the funniest?

AS: Everybody’s got their own thing. I’ll tell you, Spade is incredibly funny. He drops the most destruction bombs on you. He’s quick as hell. Everybody’s got their moments. KJ is incredibly funny. He has different ways of being funny in conversation. When KJ texts me, I laugh like a buffoon, for five minutes. I don’t write that LOL because I’m a comedian and I think other comedians would go, “Are you fucking kidding me? LOL?” So, I just write, “Good one!” [Chris] Rock is one of the funniest guys I’ve ever seen in my life, with just summing up something and having a different slant on it. You’re just like, “That is amazingly accurate and I can’t believe I’ve never said that out loud. I never even thought that.” He makes you think straight. His comedy’s just genius.

RT: Are you still producing the Richard Pryor film with Chris Rock?

AS: Yeah, we are doing that Richard Pryor movie. Marlon Wayans is going to play Pryor. We’ll see what happens. It hasn’t really got rolling yet. We’re just talking about it right now.

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