Airheads: Adam Sandler said he would quit the hard-rocking comedy if Brendan Fraser wasn’t part of the cast

Adam Sandler is notorious for taking care of his friends. Whether he’s casting them as producers for his latest off-color comedy or celebrating their talents during interviews, Saturday Night Live alum isn’t afraid to go to bat for who he believes in. Speaking of Variety’s Actors on ActorsSandler said he recognized Brendan Frasertalent after seeing him in the 1992s Encino man and knew he deserved more significant roles.

According to Sandler, Air heads director Michael Lehmann was “very much against” Caster Fraser as Chazz, the long-haired lead singer and guitarist of the Lone Rangers musical trio.

“He said, ‘I don’t get it. I can’t see the caveman being in the movie.’ And I just said, ‘he can do other shit, man’.” Sandler told Fraser during their talk. Fraser replied, “Are you pulling my chain right now?” Sandler revealed that he went to Lehmann’s house “at 4 in the morning, woke him up, and I said, ‘Just know that Adam Sandler doesn’t want to be in Air heads unless old Fraser is in it.”

As Sandler tells it, Lehmann “changed his tune a little” after the Sandman put down the gauntlet. Fraser responded by saying that Lehmann was more than cordial and enthusiastic when he flew to Chicago to meet him. However, Sandler also calls this bullshit. To say that Lehmann is one “dirty lies” says Fraser, “He didn’t want you. I did and the rest is pretty good. You had a good life because of me.”

Sandler also pointed out to Fraser that his Encino man Co-star Pauley Shore was nervous about losing him to another life in Hollywood. Shore wanted everyone to be available to shoot Encino Man 2 if a sequel got the green light. “I don’t want him doing any other shit,” Shore said to Sandler. “Don’t do it to him,” Sandler responded, unwilling to let others stand in the way of Fraser expanding his horizons.

When all was said and done, Fraser, Sandler and Steve Buscemi rocked alongside each other in the hilarious cult comedy overpopulated by guest stars including Michael Richards, Chris Farley, Michael McKean, Ernie Hudson, David Arquette and more.

Can you imagine Air heads without Fraser? Does it warm your heart to know that Sandler is out there pulling punches on Fraser’s behalf? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

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