The new comedy Blended marks the third collaboration between stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, following their romantic comedies The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates.
In their latest venture, the two portray single parents Lauren and Jim, who after a disastrous blind date agree that they should never see each other again. But both separately sign up for a family vacation in Africa only to discover they are all stuck sharing a suite at a safari resort for a week.
Adam and Drew spoke with reporters about their new movie, which opens on May 23rd for the Memorial Day weekend.
How did this reunion come about?
Drew: When we first met, I called him because I knew we were supposed to partner up. I knew it in my heart, and I stalked him until he accepted [it].
Adam: It wasn’t that hard, by the way. It was pretty much, ‘Drew Barrymore wants to have lunch with you.’ I went, ‘Alright.’
Drew: That’s nice. And then he presented, because it was his project, The Wedding Singer. I knew reading it, ‘Yeah, that’s it. That’s the one.’ Adam really cares, and as a producer and as a great writer, really makes sure that the script is tailor-made for us.
Then when we found 50 First Dates, I actually sat down at a typewriter and wrote him a letter crying, ‘I know this is the one.’
Adam: Anything you ask for I do, by the way. About two years ago we had lunch, and she said, ‘I think it’s time we should do another movie,’ and then a few months later a friend of mine showed me the script [for Blended] and I loved it and I called Drew and I said, ‘You’ve got to read this script, I think this could be the one.’ And she called me that night.
Why do you feel you have such a great on-screen rapport?
Adam: We really do like each other and have tremendous respect for each other. We also have zero attraction to one another. Drew has seen me shirtless and has just walked away, laughing.
Drew: Hey, I’ve seen you shirtless and I’m still here, so what does that tell you? I think Adam and I have always been in sync and really bring out the best in each other. I love working with him.
We’re constantly thinking about how to make our characters more personal and genuine and there’s a lot of care that goes into it. But, at the same time, we can let go and be silly and free together.
What was it like working with director Frank Coraci again, after doing The Wedding Singer with him?
Adam: He’s a great director. I remember Drew so many times during The Wedding Singer when we’d do emotional stuff, right before ‘action’ I would see Drew and Frank alone talking and getting in the right place, and I [thought], ‘Those two have a special connection.’
Drew: Frank’s not afraid of emotion. [With a] good comedy director, I feel like sometimes emotion gets lost, and if [they’re] tune-in to emotionality, sometimes [they’re] not as good with the funny [moments]. Frank is good with both. He’s just awesome.
What was it like working in South Africa?
Drew: There were signs on all the hotel windows with strict instructions about keeping them closed, day or night. And they weren’t kidding. Baboons and monkeys would come in because, of course, people would leave their windows open, and they just went to town, ransacked everything.
Adam: It was like a crime scene!