Adam Sandler is a beloved comedian now, but when he first came out of the Saturday Night Live bubble with Billy Madison The first film he ever co-wrote, it did not receive a warm welcome from critics. Since then, the actor says he hasn’t read a review of any of his movies.
“When I was 17 and getting caught up in this, I didn’t think about the critics… I didn’t even realize things were coming. I didn’t even realize things were coming,” Sandler said in a recent conversation with Netflix (via EW). “When Billy Madison I came out, me and my friend who wrote it, we were like, “Oh yeah, they’re going to write about this in New York!” We grew up reading newspapers, and we used to go to NYU. Then we read the first one and said: Oh my God, what happened? They hate us.”
Sandler wrote in 1995 Billy Madison About a spoiled 27-year-old who must go back to school and pass every grade without the help of his rich father, with Tim Herlihy. When the film’s first bad review came out, the duo hoped it was just a fluke,” but then 90 percent of the papers say “that’s rubbish,” Sandler recalled. He admitted the reaction was “stinging,” because “you know your grandmother reads it.”
It was then that the couple decided, “Maybe we shouldn’t be reading this stuff because it’s so cruel.”
“I say the first two or three, Said Gilmour, wedding singerSandler added. “People would call us, ‘Can you believe they said that about you?’ I would say, ‘I didn’t read it, man.’” “Critics won’t communicate certain things and what they want to see,” he said. “I understand it doesn’t click with them.”
Sandler’s last project was the basketball movie Accelerates. It’s currently in the midst of a stand-up tour, and tickets are now on sale via Ticketmaster.
Revisit our ranking of Sandler’s best movie roles.