“I *69ed little Miss HaHa and threw down the gauntlet”: 2014’s “Most Overpaid Actor” Adam Sandler Had to Bow Down to Winona Ryder After Crushing Defeat

"I *69ed little Miss HaHa and threw down the gauntlet": 2014's "Most Overpaid Actor" Adam Sandler Had to Bow Down to Winona Ryder After Crushing Defeat
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Adam Sandler has had an admirable and illustrious acting career, that has cemented his legacy in Hollywood. Throughout his career, Sandler has created the goofiest and most loveable characters with relatable qualities and flaws that have made him one of the most loveable actors in the industry.

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Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler has become a household name, and his ability to make the audience laugh with his witty wordplay, along with exaggerated gestures and facial expressions has made him one of the funniest actors on the planet. However, when the Blended actor teamed up with Winona Ryder for the 2002 film Mr. Deeds, he shared how his co-star constantly told him that she was funnier than him and he would share a hilarious incident from the set of the 2002 film.

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Winona Ryder Convinced Adam Sandler That She Was Funnier Than Him

Mr. Deeds was a romantic comedy film released in 2002 that featured Winona Ryder and Adam Sandler in leading roles. The on-screen chemistry between the main cast members of the film was the standout aspect of the film that gathered praises from fans and critics alike. But the comedic situations and the playful banter between Ryder and Sandler were what made the film so watched, as it made their relationship more realistic and entertaining to watch.

Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder in Mr Deeds
Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder in Mr. Deeds

The Little Woman actress shared that it was Adam Sandler’s comedic work that solely convinced her to be a part of the 2002 film.

“I’ve always been a fan of Adam Sandler. I’m, like, very strange that way. I can be the biggest snob. Then I realize I’m not a snob at all. One of the things that’s so cool about Adam is he doesn’t do press.”

The Hustle actor also had some positive words for his co-star, sharing how Ryder often boasted that she was funnier than him, and after she insulted him for the 23rd time, he challenged her to bring forth her comic abilities.

A still from Mr. Deeds

“Winona kept leaving messages on my answering machine, boasting, ‘I’m way funnier than you, Adam Sandler, and you’d better recognize it.’ Finally, after the 23rd insult to my comic abilities, I *69ed little Miss HaHa and threw down the gauntlet.”

The actor continued, that they had a wager and the winner was to be rewarded with a pizza. And almost after 2 months, the actress enjoyed her prize at the expense of her former co-star.

“‘Winona Ryder, if you think you’re so damn funny, then prove it to me on the silver screen. Me versus you. Mano a mano. The person who receives the most laughs gets a fresh pizza pie of their choice, paid for by the loser.’ Fifty-two days later, after a long, grueling movie shoot, Ms. Ryder happily devoured a large mushroom-and-green-pepper pizza, at my expense. My hat’s off to you, doe eyes. You are one funny diva.”

Despite all the humor and charm, Sandler’s salary has often been questioned, and he is criticized as a celebrity who charges heavily for his acting services, but most of his films end up being box-office disappointments.

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Adam Sandler Crowned As The Most Overpaid Actor For Two Years In A Row

The First 50 Dates star is a versatile actor and an outstanding comedian. His performance in Saturday Night Live is one of the most unforgettable moments in the history of the show, but he was sacked from the show after being a part of it for 5 years. Sandler became a fan-favorite actor amassing huge viewership in his projects. However, all his efforts were in vain as he remained on top of Forbes’ list of most overpaid actors for two years in a row, 2013 and 2014, bringing in $3.2 for each dollar as compensation.

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Adam Sandler

In 2014, he signed a deal with Netflix which increased his annual income to $40 million. In 2019, he ranked among the highest-paid actors after taking home $57 million. While people often question his ability to receive large fortunes of money despite his films performing so poorly at the box office, his earlier films answer why he is eligible to charge so much for his acting services.

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Mr. Deeds can be streamed on Netflix.

Source: W magazine


Written by Tushar Auddy

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Tushar Auddy, Junior Content Writer. He has been in the entertainment industry for 3 years and is always on the lookout for a captivating story. He is a student of Linguistics and currently pursuing his Master's degree in the same field. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him capturing the beauty of language.