'I've been told my whole life that I look like him and remind people of him, which was not coincidence because I was obsessed with him growing up,' so Samberg says of his on-screen dad Sandler.
Andy Samberg has shared how it feels to have Adam Sandler as his eccentric father in "That's My Boy". Admitting that he's been a big fan of Sandler since he was younger, the former "Saturday Night Live" star says he's glad to be the "Jack and Jill" actor's on-screen son especially because people always say that both of them have similar faces.
Samberg tells Examiner, "There are not a lot of parts suited better for me than Adam Sandler's son, if he had a son in his teens, because we're the perfect age different." He adds, "I've been told my whole life that I look like him and remind people of him, which was not coincidence because I was obsessed with him growing up and modeled my career after his. So when my agent gave me the script, I called him and said I was dying to play the part, and he was very sweet about it."
The 33-year-old actor is not only happy to have Sandler as his dad, but also feels "fortunate" for having Susan Sarandon play his mom. "I've just been fortunate to have incredible women to play my mother," he says. "In 'Hot Rod' it was Sissy Speck and Susan Sarandon twice now. I've definitely hit the jackpot when it comes to on-screen moms."
"That's My Boy" follows Sandlers' Donny who fathered a son named Todd (Samberg) when he was still in his teens. He raised his son as a single parent up until Todd's 18th birthday. After not seeing each other for years, Todd's world comes crashing down on the eve of his wedding when an uninvited Donny suddenly shows up. Trying desperately to reconnect with his son, Donny is now forced to deal with the repercussions of his bad parenting skills.
"You're certainly worried that people will find it irresponsible, but for me personally, if it's funny, then it flies. That's always the rule," Samberg says of the plot. "If you don't push it, it never goes anywhere. There's a lot of subject matter and risque material in this movie, and that's just one of them."
Samberg gushes that "no scene is boring, there's always somebody crazy in them." He continues, "Even in Adam's movies where's he's playing it straight, there's always some insane character coming through and saying something crazy - and in this one, Adam is pretty crazy."
Directed by Sean Anders and John Morris, "That's My Boy" is released in the U.S. on June 15.