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  • Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore get together on screen again in ‘Blended’

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  • It seems to be the way of Hollywood. Every eight years or so, we get a romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore as a couple facing inordinate challenges, but somehow managing to make things work out in the end. In “The Wedding Singer” (1998), they were both engaged to other people before seeing the light, and each other. In “50 First Dates” (2004), they fell for each other, but a medical condition caused her to forget who he was every day, until a solution was worked out. In their new film, “Blended,” they play single parents who meet on a blind date, realize that they’re complete opposites, and intend to keep it that way, then coincidentally end up – kids in tow – on the same African adventure vacation. So what do you think? Will they manage to make things work out in the end? Sandler and Barrymore recently got together to talk about their onscreen and real-life relationships.
    You two have developed great screen chemistry. Any idea how that works?
    Barrymore: I would sum it up as having to do with respect. I’ve always respected Adam. I love him. He makes us laugh in the world. Aside from what we do together, I was so in love with the things he did from “Saturday Night Live” and “Happy Gilmore” and “Billy Madison.” He has such a gift. But then when it comes down to that one-on-one, where it’s just the two of us alone on a playing field, doing our thing, it’s like total respect, giddy respect.
    Sandler: I’ve known Drew for a long time, and I love her. In all three movies we have the pleasure of falling in love. In the first two I faked it, but on this one I really did. [He turns to Barrymore.] Would you marry me?
    Do you stay in touch between films?
    Sandler: We both have families, but we’ve always stayed in touch. We’ve always been good friends, and check in on each other as much as possible. No matter what’s going on, I’m always pulling for Drew, and I feel the same about her; whenever I’m doing something, I know that she’s pulling for me. We have a nice friendship.
    Barrymore: And then every eight years I call you up and say we need to meet for lunch, and it’s time.
    Sandler: It’s time to do a movie. [My producer] Mike Karz found a good script for us and we signed up.
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    You’re both parents. Did that help you connect with the characters in “Blended?”
    Barrymore: What really got me when I was reading the script and now when I watch the movie is I want funny because I need to laugh, but I also need heart and I need emotion. I want to laugh and I want to cry. Laughter and crying are like twins. And when these two people quietly talk about how they just want to be good parents, and what will make their kids happy and how are they going to function in this world, that just gets me. It made me cry in the script and it makes me cry in the movie.
    Sandler: Being a parent, you’ve gotta know if your kid is upset. When your kid is upset, it just rattles you; it’ll rock you until you know that the kid is not upset. But even when they’re not upset, you’re always nervous about it. You just want your kid to be happy. Now I understand why my folks were always saying be nice to your sister, and make sure everybody in the family is OK. It’s like they’re protecting you by saying that the world’s gonna throw stuff at you that can hurt you. Just make sure your family’s got your back. Now I get that a little more.
    Barrymore [to Sandler]: You’re a good, patient, loving, awesome parent, much like your character in the movie.
    Sandler: You are, too. You’re all about your kids.
    So with these three movies under your collective belts, are you already thinking of doing another one or two down the road?
    Sandler: Yeah, I could see doing an “On Golden Pond” kind of movie with her, but maybe with a few more jokes in there.
    “Blended” opens on May 23.
    Ed Symkus covers movies for More Content Now.
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