he image of men getting socked in the groin may never lose its comic appeal -- a fact that the obstinately funny Adam Sandler is counting on. His new movie, The Longest Yard, is peppered with scenes of footballs connecting with the crown jewels of many big, bad men.
In this remake of the 1974 classic,
which starred Burt Reynolds, The Longest Yard features Sandler as Paul
Crewe, a retired pro quarterback who finds himself in prison. He soon becomes
the enemy of the sadistic warden who, in a moment of evil genius, decides to
assign Crewe the task of cobbling together a team of inmates to take on the
prison's guards in a fixed football game.
good one. Just my gut," Segal said.
"There's a fine line between choosing the kinds of movies that are worthy
of remaking and others that aren't. It's a choice one makes but I certainly
think you're in safer territory the further you are away from the
Segal also reveals that perpetual funny man Sandler didn't treat his role as a laughing matter. Though Sandler is no virgin when it comes to underdog football movies -- he played a slow-witted, na´ve mama's boy turned football star in the 1998 hit The Waterboy -- he prepped for The Longest Yard by training with a 14-year NFL veteran quarterback.
Sandler also worked with another veteran -- Reynolds, who plays football hero and coach Nate Scarboro, also on lockdown. "I'm not quite as smooth as Burt, but I make up for it with some sweetness," Sandler confesses. "I don't got the sex appeal, but I can sweet you to death."
Chris Rock, who shares starring duties
in the film (Rock and Sandler have known each other for 20 years but this is
their first on-screen pairing since Saturday Night Live), says the sex
appeal on set didn't end with Reynolds. R&B/hip hop star Nelly plays fellow
convict Earl Megget.
And Sandler adds, "That kid's got
some sex appeal. That kid makes me question myself."