Adam Sandler is of long tablecloths, because this September 9 turns 55. The New Yorker wears more than three decades professional career, in which he has participated in more than 50 movies, produced a dozen more and recorded six discs musicals. When talking about him there are two options, do you love it or hate it, but there is no doubt that he is one of the most recognized histriones worldwide.
To his credit we can find classic comedy films such as Happy Gilmore, The best of my weddings (The Wedding Singer), Mr. Deeds, As if it were the first time (50 First Dates), Low blow the final game (The longest yard), Do not mess with the Zohan, Click, I declare you husband and … Larry, the saga of They are like children or Murder Mistery, and he also lent his voice for the first three films of Hotel Transilvania.
And in many of them he has shared the scene with actors and actresses of international stature such as Salma Hayek, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Rob Schneider, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Steve Buscemi, Ben Stiller, Taylor Lautner and Nicole Kidman, just to mention a few.
He was close to the Oscar, and he let it go …
And throughout these three decades he has won awards such as the People’s Choice and Kids’ Choice Awards, although he was also nominated on one occasion for the Golden Globe for the movie Intoxicated with love. But what not many know is that it could have been nOmitted at Oscar 2004, but it did not obtain it because it preferred to record another film.
It turns out that that year the tape Collateral (in Mexico it was called Collateral: wrong place and time) starring Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith and Mark Ruffalo were nominated in the category of Best Supporting Actor thanks to Foxx’s performance and, although he did not win the award, surely Adam Sandler was aware of that ceremony.
And is that the leading actor of As if it were the first time had the opportunity to participate in Collateral well the director Michael Mann I had selected it for interpretar a Max, the cabbie who -indirectly- helped Tom Cruise’s character to fulfill his assignments as hired murderer.
However, due to scheduling problems, Adam Sandler rejected the project and chose to roll ‘Spanglish‘, next to Téa Leoni, Paz Vega and the mexican Cecilia Suarez. This film is more than comedy, it is a drama that tells the story of a Mexican woman and her little daughter what should migrate to the United States in search of a better quality of life, which seems to have come when she is hired by an American family.
The film did not badly, as Rotten Tomatoes gave it a rating of 53 percentBut, if you compare it with the 86 percent that Collateral obtained, it would be understood that he should not have rejected the opportunity that Mann had offered him.