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Don’t mess with the Sandler

In an interview with Israeli press, the Jewish actor talks about his ‘great connection’ with the Holy Land

Adam Sandler is ready to take on Donkey Kong in 'Pixels,' now in theaters. (YouTube screenshot)
Adam Sandler is ready to take on Donkey Kong in 'Pixels,' now in theaters. (YouTube screenshot)

It’s all in the little details with Adam Sandler, who has played everything from a demon to a dying comedian, to a Mossad agent who yearns to style hair.

Born in Brooklyn, he’s subtly sewn his Jewish heritage into all his films, with Jewish actors Henry Winkler and Dustin Hoffman playing his father figures, while his characters have last names like Levine, Brenner, or Fineman.

In his latest effort, “Pixels,” Sandler takes on little details gone rogue and protects the Earth from real-life video games (Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and the like). A recent interview with Ynet news, however, provides a much more grounded perspective on the 48-year-old actor’s world views.

In the interview, Sandler states he has a “great connection” with Israel and is totally disheartened when the country comes under fire from the media.

Publicity poster for 'You Don't Mess With the Zohan' (Columbia Pictures)
Publicity poster for ‘You Don’t Mess With the Zohan’ (Columbia Pictures)

“I always had a great connection with Israel and the fact that the Israelis are like the Zohan, that makes me feel great,” he told Ynet.

Zohan, an Israeli secret agent who brushes his teeth with hummus and drank Fizzy Bubelach by the barrelful, is a perfect example of the food stuff that describes Israelis, the sabra cactus: hard and spiky on the outside, but soft and sweet on the inside.

With Sandler on Israel’s side, there’s at least one thing the world can count on: if this Iran deal leads to Iran pelting the country with pixilated asteroids and centipedes, Sandler will rise to the challenge.

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