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THE WATERBOY

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After the phenomenal success of the romantic comedy "The Wedding Singer," Adam Sandler is back again with this comically crafted tale of a sweetly naive Bayou-born waterboy who turns out to be a raging powerhouse on the football field

After the phenomenal success of the romantic comedy "The Wedding Singer," Adam Sandler is back again with this comically crafted tale of a sweetly naive Bayou-born waterboy who turns out to be a raging powerhouse on the football field.

Sandler, who has established himself internationally as an actor, comedian, singer, and songwriter, is involved in virtually all aspects of his films. He gets plenty of help from his longtime friends and collaborators Frank Coraci, Jack Giarraputo, and Tim Herlihy, who first met Sandler at New York University. Together they have gone on to work on several projects, including "The Wedding Singer," "Happy Gilmore," and "Bulletproof."

"Adam Sandler is one of the hardest-working people I have ever met," says Director Frank Coraci. "But the way he works is, he makes it fun. His days are filled with work and play, and they are the same thing. You're having fun when you're sitting there coming up with the script ideas or talking about the movie. We're goofing around, making each other laugh, and then saying: 'Hey, let's write that down. That's a great idea!'"

The casting of Kathy Bates, who won the Best Actress Academy Award® for her portrayal of the deranged captor in "Misery," as Bobby Boucher's severely neurotic mama was a dream come true for the filmmakers.

"I think an important element in comedy is that you have to come out of reality," explains Coraci. "Even though Kathy portrays this strange woman, her performance is from someplace real. She's not trying to be funny. She's trying to be that character. And in doing so, she'll make choices about how she grabs something or how she says a line. It's from a real place, but that's what makes it funny."

The filmmakers, acutely aware of the importance of casting seasoned actors who know instinctively how far to push the envelope in comedy without compromising reality, looked again to their "wish list" when casting the beleaguered Coach Klein.

Henry Winkler was cast as Coach Klein -- the incompetent leader of one of the worst teams in college football history.

"There are actual players," laughs Winkler about his fictitious team. "The team has one ball. The kicker has to pretend when he practices that he's actually kicking the ball, because the offense and defense cannot practice at the same time. We have jerseys that are moth-eaten. We know when we take the field that we will lose, and we live with it. Even the cheerleaders have succumbed to the sorry plight of this team by resorting to getting inebriated at every humiliating game."

Coach Klein is on the verge of a nervous breakdown when the seemingly mild-mannered Bobby walks into his office and offers to work for free as a waterboy. Because Coach Klein has nothing to lose, he allows Bobby to act as waterboy for the Mud Dogs. The sentiments of the Mud Dogs football players, however, are initially not as charitable.

Jonathan Loughran, who portrays the Mud Dogs' cross-eyed linebacker, Lyle, explains: "When Bobby comes in, we don't want him on the team. Bobby's a little goofy, and we're not used to guys like that. We're afraid this guy is going to make us look bad. But then we realize we've lost 41 games in a row, so we're not looking that good anyway. Eventually, we find out that he's a really good

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