Adam Sandler on ‘Ridiculous Six’ Tension With Native American Actors: “Just a …

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Funnyman Adam Sandler has done his dash in Hollywood and should retire.

NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Sandler feels that when audiences finally see his upcoming Netflix comedy, “The Ridiculous Six,” they will realize he wasn’t trying to offend anyone.Many years on, the former “SNL” comedian is still undoubtedly skilled at inducing tears — although these days, it’s usually his audiences that are left silently sobbing into their popcorn, after sitting through one of his evermore egregious movies.

Earlier this year, a group of Native American actors walked off a New Mexico film set over complaints that content in the film was offensive to their culture. And while his trophy cabinet groans under the weight of the Razzies he accumulates with unprecedented regularity (the tongue-in-cheek annual awards bill themselves as the anti-Oscars, “saluting the worst that Hollywood has to offer”), Sandler also has the dubious honour of being named Forbes magazine’s Most Overpaid Actor for two years in a row.

The actors objected over the vile names of some of the characters, as well as a Native American woman urinating while smoking a peace pipe. “It was just a misunderstanding and once the movie is out will be cleared up,” Sandler told The Associated Press on Saturday on the red carpet for the world premiere of his new film, “Pixels.” Produced by Sandler’s Happy Madison production company, the all-star cast includes Sandler (who also co-wrote it), Taylor Lautner, Steve Buscemi and Luke Wilson. Sandler’s efforts have frequently plumbed the depths of even the kindest critic’s barometer, but until recently, his name was bankable enough to override the savage reviews.

The silly “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” raked in over $100 million, while the unapologetically awful “Grown Ups” and its sequel amassed close to $300 million, combined, at the box office. But his most recent cinematic bomb, “The Cobbler,” reportedly took in just $24,000 in its opening weekend last September, while 2014’s “Blended” and “Men, Women & Children” fell far short of expectations, grossing $46 million (a mere $6 million over its production budget) and $705,000 respectively. Woefully bad “That’s My Boy” — which grossed less than half of its $70 million budget in 2012 — was not only unfunny, it also seemed to insult even the most IQ-challenged viewers’ intelligence. “To say that his career has been on a dramatic downward trajectory is an understatement,” a studio insider tells The Post. “Adam thinks that it’s just a blip, but once audiences lose interest in a ‘name,’ they rarely come back.” And executives — some of whom branded Sandler an “a — – hole” who created “mundane, formulaic films” in e-mails leaked after Sony was hacked — appear to be tiring of Sandler’s demanding ways.

One exchange detailed how the star allegedly demanded $200 million for a movie adaptation of the kids’ board game “Candy Land.” In 2014, Sandler signed an undisclosed deal to star in and produce four movies for the streaming service — but the marriage hasn’t gotten off to the most auspicious of starts. She said: “We talked to the producers about our concerns. “They just told us, ‘If you guys are so sensitive, you should leave.’ I was just standing there and got emotional and teary-eyed.

The missive was specific in its requests: Female hopefuls should wear “black (or dark) form fitting tank that shows off cleavage (push up bras encouraged). And form fitting leggings or jeans.” “I’m not trying to vilify Adam Sandler,” the actress later told E! “Although someone did tell me that when he did his Netflix deal, he said, ‘I signed with Netflix because it rhymes with wet chicks.’ I mean, what? No!” With his puerile humour no longer striking a chord with audiences, and box office returns diminishing faster than Brian Williams’ credibility, is it time for Hollywood to put this one-shtick pony out to pasture? “Adam needs to look at the competition he has now,” the studio insider insists. “The ‘frat boy’ humour that made him his millions has had its day.

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