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Daniel Day-Lewis Called Adam Sandler About Uncut Gems
If you had to draw up a Venn diagram on the fly with “self-serious actors” and “self-deprecating actors” as the two bubbles, Daniel Day-Lewis and Adam Sandler would be on completely opposite planets. (I’m sure you can guess which one is in which bubble.)
So this anecdote might be a bit of a surprise to you: Adam Sandler, who’s promoting his Oscar-worthy performance in Uncut Gems, jumped on The Bill Simmons Podcast with co-star Kevin Garnett (who’s just as good) to talk about the movie. Uncut Gems, if you’re unfamiliar, is an absolute espresso shot of a film, starring Sandler as Howard Ratner, a jewelry store owner in New York City’s Diamond District. Kevin Garnett shows up in his store, goes crazy for a not-for-sale uncut Ethopian opal, and antics ensue from there.
About 30 minutes into the Bill Simmons interview, Sandler tells a pretty incredible story. Apparently, he was at Macy’s shopping for basketball gear when he got a call from none other than Daniel Day-Lewis—the retired, Oscar-winning actor known for going way-too-method for some of his roles.
“I’m getting my sneakers and then I look down at my phone and it’s Daniel Day-Lewis… He starts talking about grabbing the seat in front of him. ‘I couldn’t let go of the seat in front of me,’ and just saying how much he dug the movie, he dug [Kevin Garnett], he dug the guys. But it was the best call ever.”
The call, of course, was extremely well-deserved—Sandler is out of his mind in Uncut Gems in the best way. But it’s good to know that we still live in a world where big-time actors call other big-time actors to say nice things.