Adam Sandler is one of the most prolific comedy actors of his generation, but it turns out one of his most-loved hit movies might never have happened if it weren’t for Brendan Fraser joining the cast.
Sandler is known for a whole host of movies — so much so that we hardly know where to begin! Some of his classics though include hit flicks such as 50 First Dates (2004), The Wedding Singer (1998) and Big Daddy (1999).
However, the movie in question here is none other than Airheads. This 1994 flick has long been a fan favorite, thanks to its incredible casting.
Sandler stars in the movie alongside George of the Jungle‘s Brendan Fraser and Steve Buscemi, of Reservoir Dogs fame. The trio make up a band called The Lone Rangers, who go to all sorts of lengths to get their demo recording out there.
It turns out, though, that one of the movie’s starring actors might never have made it into the cast if it weren’t for Sandler.
Sandler recently took part in Variety’s legendary Actors on Actors series, in which he spoke to Fraser, the Airheads co-star in question.
“Brendan, you were in a movie called Airheads. Remember when I discovered you? You were just a kid,” Sandler began.
He then recollected: “Remember when Pauly [Shore] discovered you, and I stole you from Pauly?”
Fraser had been featured in a film alongside Shore in 1992, called Encino Man. In the movie, Fraser stars as a caveman who is shown modern life by 2 high school outcasts, played by Shore and Sean Astin.
“Then I saw you and was like, this guy shouldn’t just be cavemen,” Sandler said. “He should be in a band.”
The Little Nicky actor went on to explain that he was the one who wanted Fraser to join the cast of Airheads.
“The director, Michael Lehmann, was very against you. He was like, ‘I don’t get it. I don’t see the caveman being in the movie.’ And I just said, ‘He can do other s***, man.’”
Fraser appeared to be previously unaware of this tale, as he asked Sandler: “Are you pulling my chain man?”
Sandler continued: “I eventually went to his house at like 4 in the morning, woke him up, and I said, ‘Just know Adam Sandler ain’t going to be in Airheads unless old Fraser is in it.’ So he changed his little tune.”
“He flew out to Chicago to meet me. He sang a different tune then,” Fraser replied.
“He’s a filthy liar. He didn’t want you. I did, and the rest is pretty good,” Sandler said. “You had a good life because of me.”
The conversation between Sandler and Fraser has been met with widespread praise, with the video’s comment section full of fans expressing their joy at the pair’s evident friendship.
“This is the one on one interview I never knew I needed. Brendan Fraser and Adam Sandler made our childhood fun with their movies,” one person said.
Another wrote: “Literally my favorite Actor to Actor interview. These guys are genuinely present for each other. Adam seems like a genuine caring friend towards everything Brendan has gone through. What a great connection for Brendan to deserve someone that is a really caring friend to have.”