NEW YORK — The palm trees, tiki-themed decorations and ocean-blue carpet at the Tuesday-night premiere of Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s “Just Go With It” didn’t fool anyone: Despite a tent meant to keep the winter at bay, it was freezing outside the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York, a far cry from the sunny Hawaiian clime in which much of the romantic comedy takes place.
Yet Sandler, Aniston and their co-stars projected nothing but warm vibes as they made their way past a massive throng of photographers and toward an equally long line of TV and print journalists. Days from now, this new flick — a comedy of errors in which Sandler convinces Aniston to pretend to be his wife in a wild scheme to secure the affections of Brooklyn Decker — opens up against Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never.” This weekend at the box office is setting up to be a compelling clash between teen heartthrob and established big-screen players, but Aniston is approaching the whole thing blissfully unaware — or so she liked to joke when MTV News asked her about the face-off.
“Who?” she asked when the topic of Bieber came up.
Sandler stepped in with a little intro to the “Never Say Never” star. “Nice little kid. He sings,” he explained. “He grew up in front of our eyes. He’s a handsome boy.”
“Very handsome,” Aniston added, suddenly finding herself with a case of Bieber Fever.
For moviegoers on the fence this weekend, Sandler suggested catching a double feature at the multiplex. “We don’t start fights with people. You can go to both,” he said. “We’ll go to Justin’s movie. We’ll show some respect to that kid and his family — get him some more money.”
“Yeah! I hear he’s hurting,” deadpanned Aniston.
Others in the cast were more forthcoming about the prospect of opening up against “Never Say Never.” “It’s hard. We’re nervous,” Decker admitted. “I love myself some Justin Bieber, so I’m not going to bash anyone who goes to see that movie. I will say I love our movie!”
Dave Matthews, who co-stars as Nicole Kidman’s absurdly pretentious husband, was even more blunt. “That’s going to blow everything out of the water. Justin Bieber is going to blow everything out of the water for a few years,” he told us. “That’s what I expect — and deservedly so. What better than Bieber to blow everything out of the water? I expect nothing but my daughter’s devotion to him and I will support it absolutely.”
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