Amid all the poorly received Netflix Originals, let us not forget that Adam Sandler dabbles in more serious fare from time to time. It doesn’t always work out — “The Cobbler” was among the most pilloried films of 2014 — but Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” has emerged as an early favorite at Cannes. Sandler spoke about the film during a press conference at the festival, saying that he “couldn’t believe we were doing this movie” when he first read the script.
Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman co-star as Sandler’s brother and father, respectively, with Emma Thompson playing Hoffman’s third and current wife. “It’s different for a comedian when you get an offer like this,” Sandler said. “My first thought is, ‘I don’t want to let anybody down and work as hard as I can to know the material and be as good as I can be.’” His previous forays into drama include Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch-Drunk Love,” Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” and “Reign Over Me.”
Sandler also discussed more personal matters during the half-hour Q&A session, including his ongoing experiences with therapy. “Therapy doesn’t end,” he said. “That’s what you find out when you get older.” Read more here.