CULVER CITY, California — Adam Sandler fittingly gets a little tongue-tied in explaining “Spanglish,” his next movie.
“It’s hard to describe. I really can’t tell you what it’s about,” Sandler said during a recent break from shooting on the Sony Studios lot. “I’m gonna let Jim Brooks say what it’s about, and then I’m gonna steal how he presents it, ’cause I really don’t know how to say it.”
“Jim” Brooks to the rest of us is James L. Brooks, the writer/director/producer behind the classics like “As Good as It Gets,” “Broadcast News” and “Terms of Endearment.” In his first directorial project in seven years, he’s working with Sandler and Tea Leoni for what is seemingly a romantic comedy, due at the end of the year.
“When people ask me [what ’Spanglish’ is about], I just say, ’You gotta just see it,’ I don’t know, ’Here’s the script, why don’t you read it?’ ” Sandler continued. “It’s a family … it’s about a family … it’s about a woman from Mexico and her journey to America. And she’s a mom and she ends up working at my family’s house, and it’s just everybody’s lives intertwined. It’s very cool.”
Similar to his role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch-Drunk Love,” another hard-to-explain movie from an acclaimed director, Sandler is taking “Spanglish” seriously.
“It’s a pretty intense, cool movie and … hopefully I’ll deliver, ’cause Jim Brooks is a great man. I don’t wanna let him down,” Sandler said. “So I’m working hard on that.”
Sandler is midway through shooting “Spanglish,” after which the comedian will take some time to promote his fifth album, Shhh … Don’t Tell, due in mid-July. He’s been recording the album on the Sony lot in between shooting.
“I don’t know how the hell we did it,” Sandler said. “I have a lot of people come up to me and say, ’When’s the next album?’ And I got tired of saying, ’I don’t know. I don’t know.’ So me and my buddies started writing the stuff here.”
Later in the summer, Sandler will start shooting a remake of the 1974 film “The Longest Yard,” about a retired quarterback in prison who captains a team of inmates in a game against their guards. Chris Rock is co-starring, along with Burt Reynolds, who played the Sandler part in the original, and possibly Snoop Dogg (see “Snoop Dogg In Talks To Star With Adam Sandler In ’Longest Yard’ Remake” ).
“Snoop is busy, he’s doing a tour, so we don’t know if he can do it, but we want him to do it,” Sandler said. “I do love Snoop. He was funny on ’SNL.’ … So if he can fit it in, he’s gonna do it.”
The remake will follow the same basic story, but with more humor than the original. “It’s gonna be a comedy, hopefully. I know Rock’s gonna be funny in it,” Sandler said. “It’s gonna be everything. It’s a great movie, and we’re just gonna try to do it justice.”
Sandler has been preparing for the role with his Happy Madison production team, who made the 1998 football comedy “The Waterboy.”
“We’re all psyched and we’re all throwing passes, and I’m throwing my arm out terribly,” Sandler said. “I suck. I haven’t played football in a long time. But it’s gonna be a good, cool movie.”
For more on Sandler, check out the Q&A “Sex, Dating And Bacon” and check back with MTVNews.com in July for an in-depth interview about Shhh … Don’t Tell.
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