In Jack And Jill, box-office behemoth Adam Sandler plays both Jack and his unwelcome houseguest of a sister, Jill.
Total Film sat down for an exclusive chat with Sandler to talk about the comedic potential of cross-dressing.
On getting in touch with his feminine side, Sandler told us, “I’ve been mocking my grandmother, my mother and my sister since early childhood. So it’s a mixture of all the Sandler family and hopefully, when they see the movie, they’ll all stop talking to me.”
“I got my biggest laughs as a kid,” he told us when detailing his formative years as a laugh-wrangler. “I would do John Wayne OK. I would do a couple of other old-timers, but then when I would put the babushka on my head and come in as my grandmother – that brought the house down.
“Dressing up as a lady helps comedy-wise, no doubt about it.”
On the unique challenges of playing a female, Sandler was disturbingly frank: “The biggest process was eliminating the giant camel toe. God has blessed me with a hose-like creature – I had one scene in a mini skirt and the tip was showing. I’m not bragging!
“I’d put the outfit on and I’d look in the mirror and say, ‘All right, let’s go out there and be a lady.’”
Jack And Jill opens on 17 February 2012.
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