Adam Sandler's New Basketball Movie Left Him With A Nasty Injury – Screen Rant

Adam Sandler's New Basketball Movie Left Him With A Nasty Injury – Screen Rant

Adam Sandler’s new Netflix basketball movie Hustle left him with a horrible injury that is still lingering almost a year after filming.
Adam Sandler’s new Netflix basketball movie Hustle left him with a horrible groin injury that is still lingering almost a year after filming. The upcoming sports drama follows the celebrated comic as a former basketball scout who attempts to revitalize his career by recruiting an overseas player with a troubled past to play in the NBA. That player is played by the real-life Spanish big man for the Utah Jazz Juancho Hernangómez, who will be making his acting debut.
Sandler leads the Hustle cast as Stanley Sugarman alongside Hernangómez as Bo Cruz. Queen Latifah stars as Stanley’s wife Teresa, Ben Foster as his boss, María Botto as Bo’s mother Paola, and Robert Duvall in an undisclosed role. Development of the sports movie was first announced in 2020 when Sandler signed on to star with NBA superstar LeBron James producing and Jeremiah Zagar directing from a screenplay by Taylor Materne and Will Fetters. Later that year, filming began on location in various parts of Philadelphia and surrounding areas.
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During an interview with ET at the Hustle premiere, Sandler talked about his experience filming the basketball drama alongside real NBA players, which was “humiliating” for the actor since his skills do not compare. While filming, Sandler would often play basketball with his professional co-stars, that is, until he popped his groin. It’s been a year since and Sandler says he is still limping around due to the lingering injury. Read how he described the experience below:
I played with everybody, all the guys, and it’s humiliating, you know? You take a shot in front of them you see how flat your shot is you see how dumb you look you have no form. Then, when they shoot, you’re like, “Yeah, yeah, alright, that’s how you’re supposed to play. We had some of that going, but that’s before I popped my groin. There was one night my groin couldn’t take it anymore then I said, “I guess I’m gonna have to watch these guys go.” It’s been a year already and I’m still limping around like a fool… it’s horrible.
The comedian’s love of the sport is certainly no secret, as those who have seen the basketball-centric film Uncut Gems can attest. However, Sandler’s character only briefly shoots hoops in that movie (as he preferred to bet on basketball). Hustle is a different beast altogether, as Sandler was playing basketball alongside real NBA stars who he clearly had a difficult time keeping up with. The Hustle trailer showed glimpses of Anthony Edwards, Trae Young, Jordan Clarkson, Khris Middleton, Aaron Gordon, Kyle Lowry, Seth Curry, Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, and John Wick 3 star Boban Marjanović, who will all appear in the basketball drama.
Sandler has put forth some iconic sports movie roles over the years in comedies like Happy Gilmore and The Waterboy. However, Hustle unmistakably appears to be a drama, Sandler’s first since the Safdie brothers’ anxiety-ridden masterpiece from 2019. Unfortunately, Sandler’s increased efforts toward immersion resulted in a horrible injury. Hopefully the pain will prove to have been worth it when Hustle releases June 8 on Netflix.
Next: Everything We Know About Adam Sandler’s Hustle
Source: ET
Adam Bentz is a movie and TV news writer for Screen Rant. From a young age, Adam has been interested in a wide range of movies and television, but it was talented auteurs like Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Aaron Sorkin who ultimately sparked his interest in the craft. Motivated by his love for the screen, Adam studied creative writing with a concentration in screenwriting at Southern New Hampshire University. After graduating, Adam interned as a writer with The Borgen Project, a nonprofit organization working to end extreme poverty. Other than writing for Screen Rant, Adam reviews films on his website adambentz.wordpress.com

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