Justin Bieber may or may not be interested in mixing it up in movies one day, but one thing is known – the superstar did not ask Adam Sandler for acting advice.
That was the recent false claim made by a tabloid site. It was subsequently denied by Sandler during an interview at the Los Angeles premiere of his new Netflix movie, The Meyerowitz Stories, earlier this week.
“Justin Bieber Wants to Break Into Acting, Asked Adam Sandler and David Spade for Advice,” US Weekly had trumpeted as its headline in a story this week, which prompted copycat articles from outlets that didn’t bother to fact-check for themselves.
However, the claim that Justin asked for Sandler for film advice because he supposedly wants to try acting is just not true.
While the Biebs did dine with Sandler and comic-actor David Spade — just after the trio appeared at a hurricane relief telethon last month — the “Sorry” superstar did not quiz Sandler for acting tips.
In Entertainment Tonight’s interview, Sandler was asked about the claim that he dined with the Canadian pop singer to help his acting career.
“I don’t know who said that, but that’s some weird story that they made up,” Sandler firmly refuted.
The veteran comedy star explained, “That’s not it at all.”
Sandler continued, “We just hung out. He just wanted to go to dinner, me and David Spade and Dustin [Hoffman], and Dustin said no, he ran away, so it was just me and David.”
Watch the brief interview below.
Sandler’s emphatic calling out of the fake story indicates the purported “quotes” in US Weekly’s story were either inadequately sourced or simply made up.
Given that the magazine is owned by American Media, Inc. — the publisher that also owns the National Enquirer, Radar Online, Star, OK!, and other outlets of that low-tier ilk — we’ll leave it to sensible Inquisitr readers to decide whether or not US Weekly used incompetent sources or just flat-out fabricated them.
Either way, the claim that the Biebs had “sought out some A-list help to guide him in his thespian ambitions,” as US Weekly’s spurious “source” puts it — is fiction.
Exhibit one: “Justin Bieber asked Adam Sandler and David Spade out to dinner to pick their brains about breaking into the film industry.”
That “quote” is false.
Exhibit two: “They had a great time! Justin had a lot of questions for them about the movie world.”
That “quote” is also bogus.
Another “quote” claimed the pop prince “is trying to educate himself about the industry and learn more about it,” and “wants to break into acting and directing/producing.”
However, that was also a completely erroneous “quote.”
— Gossip Cop (@GossipCop) October 12, 2017
Here are some of the things Sandler actually did say about the Biebs.
Sandler told Entertainment Tonight that hanging out with the 23-year-old superstar bagged him cool points with his daughters, 11-year-old Sadie and 8-year-old Sunny.
“That was a good thing at home, but he’s a great kid,” Sandler told ET’s Cameron Mathison.
The 51-year-old added, “He’s funny as hell and we went out to dinner and had a nice time. He’s really, really a great guy — just funny and he can sing pretty well.”
Sandler then quipped, “Did you know he sings and dances? I didn’t know.”
Bad reporting is commonplace in entertainment news. Much of it is highly exaggerated and/or fabricated. Typically, the aim is attracting clickbait to sites and newsstands.
In recent weeks, false media stories claiming Bieber had given interviews to two UK tabloids about Ed Sheeran and Simon Cowell were also debunked.
— EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) October 12, 2017
Gossip Cop, the reliable rumor-watchdog website, reported that Justin did not give any interviews to the tabloids in question, shortly after the offending outlets removed the made-up interviews from their sites.
Other recent false Justin Bieber-media stories alleged the Grammy winner has been banned from renting properties in Beverly Hills.
However, that claim was also revealed to be fake news.
The best advice? Always consider the source before believing a story.
[Featured Image by KGC-138/STAR MAX/IPx/AP Images]