Andy Samberg charts post-"SNL" career with Sandler

Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:55pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Saturday Night Live" comedian Andy Samberg recently announced he was leaving the TV sketch comedy show after seven years, but loyal fans will have plenty of opportunities to get their Samberg fix in movie theaters.

On Friday, the 33-year-old Samberg stars opposite Adam Sandler in big screen comedy "That's My Boy," and in August he appears alongside Rashida Jones in relationship film "Celeste and Jesse Forever."

Samberg said working with Sandler, 45, another "Saturday Night Live" alumnus whose hits of the 1990s include films such as "Waterboy" and "Big Daddy," had been a lifelong dream.

"He was my hero since I was, like 13-years-old," Samberg told Reuters. "If you told the 13-yeard-old me that there would be a huge billboard in Times Square of me and Adam Sandler, I'd have smashed my face into the wall with excitement."

The actor said when he first started doing stand-up comedy, he was often compared to Sandler. When he began on SNL" in 2005, Sandler called him and told him how much he liked Samberg's work, and over the years, he has continued to receive encouraging words from the man who he admired so much.

So, when Samberg heard Sandler would be playing a role in a film that required him to have an on-screen son 15-years younger, Samberg got on the phone.

"I called him straight up and was like, 'I would give my life to do this,'" Samberg recalled. "And he said, 'Well, hopefully you won't have too.'"

In "That's My Boy," the younger comedian plays Todd, whom Donny (Sandler) fathered when just a teenager. After not seeing his deadbeat dad for years, Todd's world turns upside down when Donny shows up on the weekend Todd is getting married.   Continued...

Cast member Andy Samberg arrives for the premiere of "That's My Boy" in Los Angeles, California June 4, 2012. REUTERS/Bret Hartman