Video:Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow Interview - Funny Peoplewith Rebecca Murray
Adam Sandler and writer/director Judd Apatow go way back - the two were college roommates - but Funny People marks the first feature film the two funny people have done together.See Transcript
Transcript:Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow Interview - Funny PeopleRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the premiere of Funny People.
Adam Sandler - 'George' in Funny People
What took so long for you and Judd to work together?
Adam Sandler: "We've been working together for a long time."
On a feature film.
Adam Sandler: "He's only directed a couple of movies so far. I'm his third one. It wasn't too long."
It just seems like he's been around forever.
Adam Sandler: "He's been in my life a long time. He's been involved in my other stuff."
How has he changed over the years and how has your relationship changed?
Adam Sandler: "He hasn't changed. He's incredibly...he was always Judd. He was very hard-working, smart kid, friends with everybody. People loved him and very passionate dude."
How tough was it for you to go back out and do stand-up after all these years?
Adam Sandler: "It wasn't tough. No."
Is it like riding a bike?
Adam Sandler: "Fighting in Iraq is tough. Doing stand-up's kind of like, 'All right, get on up there and get it done.'"
How much of your relationship with Judd reflected in the movie? How much do we see?
Adam Sandler: "You know, there's moments that are similar but it's a whole fictitious story that Judd came up with. Seth plays a little bit like a Judd kind of guy. And then there's stuff that he does that has nothing to do with Judd."
You're funny in this but we also know you have to go really deep, too. Is that more difficult than being funny?
Adam Sandler: "I'd rather be funny. When I have to do stuff like that, it's fun when the day's over."
[And we are now joined by writer/producer/director Judd Apatow]
How easy is it to direct him?
Judd Apatow: "Very easy. He comes prepared. I don't even have to say much. I just stand back, watch it happen, get to go home early."
Is it tough to rein him in when he gets going doing the improvs. Is it hard to say cut?
Adam Sandler: "I was doing what Apatow wanted me to do. I didn't improv that much."
Judd Apatow: "It's tough to rein me in saying, "Say this, say that, say this, say that.' He's like, 'I want to go home already. How much can I say?'"
Adam Sandler: "Didn't I already say that?"
Judd Apatow: "I said that last Tuesday."
Are you guys going to do another movie together after this one?
Adam Sandler: "Something will happen, right?"
Judd Apatow: "Yes, and we're doing one right now."
Adam Sandler: "That's right. We're doing voice-overs together on Kevin James' new movie."
But voice-overs, that doesn't really count, does it?
Adam Sandler: "It's lots of fun though. But yeah, down the line I hope me and Judd do something together, of course. We will."
And you're being an elephant?
Judd Apatow: "I want to act together. Grumpy Old Men, we're going to do Grumpy Old Men 5 or the remake."
That would work. You'd get back in front of the camera?
Judd Apatow: "Me, Adam, grumpy old men in one of those motion capture versions like Polar Express."