THE WEDDING SINGER
About The Production
Set in 1985, The Wedding Singer stars Adam Sandier as a nice guy with a broken heart who's stuck in one of the most romantic jobs in the world
Set in 1985, The Wedding Singer stars Adam Sandier as a
nice guy with a broken heart who's stuck in one of the most romantic
jobs in the world. "Robbie Hart was the king in high school,"
explains director Frank Coraci. "Everybody loved him. Somehow
he fell into wedding singing to make money, and he actually gets
enjoyment from it. Robbie wants to write songs that mean things
to people, but he can't find his groove because he's with the
wrong girl. When he meets Julia, he begins to learn what love
is and what he's supposed to do with his life."
Adam Sandler first stepped into the national spotlight when he
joined NBC's "Saturday Night Live" as a writer/performer
in 1990. "There's something about Adam's personality that
makes me laugh all the time," smiles producer Robert Simonds.
"The Wedding Singer was a little bit of a departure
for us. Many of Adam's past films have been about the joke. They
were about being as funny as he possibly could be. In this movie,
we tried to make the funniest movie we could, but we also spent
a lot of time developing his relationship with Drew. The chemistry
between the two of them is just terrific."
"It was such a pleasure to work with someone who is so real
and so organic and true in his performance," says Barrymore.
"Humor and intellect make the best combination in a human
being, and Adam's got them both. He doesn't see himself as limited.
He has a stability that enables him to carry out all his creativity,
and I respect that. He kept everybody laughing all day long!"
When asked about his costar, Sandler replied, "I love
Drew. Everybody loves Drew. My mother loves her, and even the
birds in my backyard love her." This mutual admiration is
clearly evident on screen as Sandler delivers his first performance
as a leading man in a romantic comedy.
"I think the most incredible thing about love is the actual
moment when the two people find each other," says Barrymore.
"In The Wedding Singer, they literally find each other
over a kid throwing up. It just doesn't get more romantic than
that," she grins.
"Robbie and Julia start off as friends," Barrymore explains.
"I think that's where all really good relationships stem
from friendship. With friendship comes respect and
honesty. Without those crucial cornerstones, lovers won't find
safety and a sense of belonging."
For Sandler, The Wedding Singer provided an opportunity
to showcase not only his acting and comedic skills, but also his
impressive musical talent. "It's very rare that you have
a comedian who can sing as well as Adam can," says producer
Simonds. "He has charisma and a magnetism when he's up on
stage that makes you have to watch him."
Sandler and his band recently released an album entitled "What's
Your Name?" His guitar player, Teddy Castellucci, joined
Adam onstage for his Wedding Singer gigs, while music
producer Brooks Arthur helped him prerecord much of the
music in the studio and on the set for the live vocal performances.
Arthur produced Sandler's first two comedy albums which went platinum
and earned Sandler two Grammy nominations.
"In a way, this movie is like a musical," says director
Coraci. "The music is essential to the story. The songs interweave
with the comedy and the drama." Featuring a Maverick Recording
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