Adam Sandler said there’s a good reason he picked a straightforward title for his latest sequel — it was easy to spell.
The follow-up to the 2010 film Grown Ups went against the Hollywood standard of adding long-winded subtitle and instead opted for simplicity — Grown Ups 2.
“It was the easiest to spell,” Sandler told MTV Newsinterviewer Josh Horowitz. “Colin Quinn came up with the title for Grown Ups. He sure did — we didn’t know what to call it. In the beginning it was just called The Lake Movie.”
Sandler said there were some other options to pick from — David Spade suggested it be called Spade and Friends — but ultimately they decided for simplicity.
Adam Sandler and crew also stuck to the simple plot structure of the first movie, with a simple premise and ample room for the cast of comedians to do their thing, plus a little extra.
“I think in a good sequel, you shake it up a little bit, make sure people don’t think you walked through it,” Spade said. “We wanted to make sure we tried extra. Some sequels in the past I’ve seen, I thought that.”
Adam Sandler has been doing the interview rounds in support of Grown Ups 2, and on Late Night With David Letterman shared his story of a near-death experience on safari in South Africa.
“They were very nice people at this place (the wildlife park), they let me in with a cheetah … and said I could feed the cheetah water with my hands,” Sandler said. “So I did it and something went a little bit wrong.”
The animal pounced, but Sandler said he managed to maintain his cool during the attack.
“What happened was they said you’re not supposed to bend down low by the water and that’s why he got mad. … I played it off real good … (but) I was very nervous … I swear to God when he jumped on me all I was gonna do was let him eat me, there was not one part of me that was gonna fight back. I was like, ‘Alright, this is how I’m dying.”
Adam Sandler and friends can be seen in the simply named Grown Ups 2 starting Friday.