Adam Sandler Says Using Wires to Float Like an Astronaut on ‘Spaceman’ Set ‘Hurt Me’: ‘My Body’s Not the Most Flexible Body’

Adam Sandler was faced with a new challenge on the set of his upcoming Netflix film “Spaceman“: using wires to appear like an astronaut floating in space. At the film’s press conference at Berlin Film Festival on Wednesday, Sandler cheekily reflected on the experience, saying the “wires hurt me.”

“The wires were tough because my body’s not the most flexible body. The wires hurt me, they dug into me. The stuntmen who would wire me up every day, I would say, ‘That hurts’ and they didn’t believe me,” Sandler said as the room erupted in laughter. “But we did it as a team. [Director] Johan [Renck] would say, ‘You don’t look like you’re floating, what are you doing?’ And then I would say, ‘Well what should we do?’ And then they’d wire Johan up and he’d be like, ‘More like this!’”

The actor and comedian stars in the Netflix sci-fi film as a lonely astronaut floating in space, who is comforted by an oversized arachnid voiced by Paul Dano.

“We got deep together, I felt pain and he helped me try and get out of that pain,” Sandler said of working with Dano. “We did rehearse together before we shot the movie. We rehearsed a lot, so we were locked in together. On the day though, I’d be talking to a tennis ball or Johan’s friend who came and dressed up and would crawl around. It’s a movie about being alone, and the tennis ball allowed me to be alone and in my own world.”

Directed by Renck, who helmed the HBO miniseries “Chernobyl,” “Spaceman” is based on the 2017 novel “Spaceman of Bohemia” by Czech author Jaroslav Kalfař. It’s set to release in select theaters on Feb. 23 and on Netflix March 1.

In addition to Sandler and Dano, the cast includes Carey Mulligan, Kunal Nayyar, Lena Olin and Isabella Rossellini. The script for “Spaceman” was penned by Colby Day. Producers include Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan, Michael Parets, Tim Headington, Lia Buman and Max Silva. Executive producers are Ben Ormand, Johan Renck and Barry Bernardi.


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