After three decades of entertaining audiences, Adam Sandler still somehow seems ageless.
But now, at 56, the actor and comedian says he has begun to reflect on his life and career.
“I like my age and it’s fun to play my age,” Sandler says in the latest edition of AARP. “He is liberating. I don’t have to be true to anything other than what I look like and what I think and what I do in life. I am a constant commitment to my projects, although I do not have the same discipline to keep my body in shape. There hasn’t been a movie where I’ve stayed the same weight for a three-month shoot. I used to worry about it. Now I am fine.
Sandler became a household name on “Saturday Night Live” in the ’90s, starring in countless classic comedies from “The Wedding Singer” to “50 First Dates.” He says that when he looks back on his career, especially his time on “SNL” from 1990 to 1995, he is more self-aware and has a new appreciation for his colleagues.
“I am calmer than before. It drove me crazy,” Sandler tells the publication. “He had a quick temper, quick reactions. I made a lot of dumb mistakes and said a lot of stupid things. Looking back on relationships, I might be a jerk. I was selfish. I was competitive with other comedians and stuff. My dad would say, ‘That guy’s funny,’ and I’d say, ‘Hey, I’m funny, blah blah,’ and he’d say, ‘Why can’t they both be funny?’ Because he was hungry, then he didn’t always see clearly.”
Adding, “I’m also better at appreciation. Now I appreciate other people’s talent instead of competing with it, in all fields, in all sports, in all parts of show business. A lot of young comedians, a lot of the new ‘SNL’ cast, they just make me laugh now.”
Sandler and his Happy Madison Productions have achieved remarkable success over the years. He now says that he just wants to enjoy the ride.
“I want people to continue to enjoy what I’m doing,” he says. “I hope that you had a good time with my films, with what we have given you and, whether you liked it or not, that you appreciate that I did my best… I am simply amazed that people have trusted me. As long as they’re in this business and they give me shot after shot. Because I’d suck at doing anything else.”