High praise indeed, given Sandler’s history of over-the-top comedy acting.
Sandler was chatting away on Jimmy Kimmel Live! from inside his own personal lockdown, and regaled the host with the tale of his last trip to the cinema, before social distancing rules came into effect and closed them all down.
He told Kimmel: « I saw Jim Carrey’s movie, Sonic. I noticed that people were spread out, there were only a few of us in the theatre and I was laughing very loud. The people behind us were laughing, too,
« So I think that was our last big night out: Sonic. »
Well, at least he enjoyed it. It would be bad if his last night out for months was an unpleasant one.
The Happy Gilmore star continued: « I called Carrey from the theatre. I was telling him how funny he was while it was going on,
« I didn’t know it was going to be the last movie I ever saw at a movie theatre. »
OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. The movie theatres will surely open again once this is over, right?
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Anyway, Sonic the Hedgehog sees Carrey take on the role of the evil Dr. Robotnik, a moustachioed villain bent on the destruction of the titular hedgehog and all of his chums.
He wants to steal Sonic’s powers so that he can control the world, in short.
Despite undergoing a complete redesign after fans were really put off by a sneak peak at the main character’s appearance, the film has been a pretty big success, actually.
The film opened up during President’s Day weekend – a big slot in February over in the USA – and performed beyond expectations at the box office.
Despite being expected to flop, the film eventually took $70 million (£58m) in a strong opening weekend.
That also meant that it became the biggest opening weekend ever enjoyed by a cinema adaptation of an existing video game franchise.
Not too shabby, all around.
That’s after – as we mentioned before – the production team delayed the film by three months so that they could make sure that the visual effects were ‘just right’.
That, in this case, meant a complete reworking of the Sonic character after complaints that he was too humanoid and not faithful enough to his video game counterpart.
Oh, and he was nightmare-inducing, too.
Seriously, they did right when they changed this.