Adam Sandler says he will punish people with a film that is ‘so bad on purpose’ unless he wins an Oscar for Uncut Gems

Actor is experiencing Academy Awards buzz along with stars including Adam Driver and Joaquin Phoenix

Ellie Harrison
Wednesday 04 December 2019 09:51 GMT
Uncut Gems trailer

Adam Sandler has threatened to punish people by making a film that is “so bad on purpose” if he does not win an Oscar for his performance in Uncut Gems.

The day after he lost out to Adam Driver at the Gotham Awards, Sandler appeared on The Howard Stern Show to promote Uncut Gems, a thriller that has been hailed by critics as like “being locked inside the pinwheeling brain of a lunatic”.

Sandler – whose career has been characterised by extreme highs and lows in terms of critical reception – has garnered rave reviews for his performance as a gambling addict in the movie, prompting him to quip, “That’s shocking, right?”

The actor added that it would be a “funny big thing” if he were to receive an Oscar nomination, saying that he would be “there to win”.

He said: “If I don’t get it, I’m going to f***ing come back and do one again that is so bad on purpose just to make you all pay. That’s how I get them.”

Alongside Sandler, major contenders for Best Actor Oscar nominations include Joaquin Phoenix for Joker, Driver for Marriage Story, Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory, Robert De Niro for The Irishman and Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Uncut Gems will be released in select UK cinemas and on Netflix in January 2020.

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