I’m pretty sure Mark Twain, literary master, is turning over in his grave with this, but Adam Sandler is set to direct a movie and wants to include Twain as one of his characters. And just who is set to play the iconic Tom Sawyer creator and genius? Vanilla Ice.
The choice has left many speechless, not understanding exactly why Sandler would make that decision.
Sandler, who signed a deal with Netflix to produce four movies just for the movie streaming service, has announced that his first film will be called The Ridiculous 6. That apparently seems to be a “pretty accurate title,” according to the Daily Dot.
The film is set to be a parody of old, classic westerns like The Magnificent Seven. While it is also set to star other Sandler faves like Rob Schneider, Steve Buscemi, and Dan Aykroyd, people are most surprised over Sandler’s choice of who was going to play Twain.
— The Mary Sue (@TheMarySue) January 26, 2015
So why would Sandler choose Vanilla Ice to play Twain? Is it the fact that they both went by their pseudonyms instead of their real names? Because that is where all similarities between the two end.
Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Clemens, was known for being a skilled author. Twain wrote 28 books, not to mention all the short stories, letters and sketches he also published. Twain even received an honorary doctorate from the famed Oxford University in 1907.
Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, was known for his one hit aptly titled, “Ice Ice Baby.” After leaving the music industry, Ice has been working in real estate and construction, flipping houses, when he’s not trying to portray an iconic American figure.
— Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) January 22, 2015
The plot of The Ridiculous 6 seems to be as hard to follow as Sandler’s reason for choosing Ice to play Twain.
The movie’s plot includes, “Adam Sandler as a man who grew up in a Native American tribe, with Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, and Luke Wilson playing his half-brothers.” And if that’s not enough, there will be Wyatt Earp played by Blake Shelton because having Vanilla Ice as Mark Twain in this movie wasn’t enough.
I think The Mary Sue said it best when they commented, “Please heed the wise words of [Mark Twain], Netflix: ‘In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice.‘”
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