Todd Field calls Adam Sandler’s Punch-Drunk Love performance the best ever

Who would have thought that the disgusting man-child from Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore and Saturday Night Live would give one of the greatest performances ever captured on celluloid? As director Todd Field sees it, the performance of Adam Sandler in the 2002s Punch-Drunk Love is one of the best performances ever.

In a recent interview about Happy Sad Confused podcast, Todd Field expressed his respect for Adam Sandler, especially his Golden Globe-nominated performance as Barry Egan. “The first film of Adam I ever saw was Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch Drunk Love…It blew me away. It really is one of the great screen performances – for me – of all time.” Field added: “He’s got incredible range; there is no one like him.”

Todd Field went on to cite some of the major filmmakers Adam Sandler has worked with, including James L. Brooks (2004’s Spanish), Noah Baumbach (2017s The Meyerowitz Stories) and Safdie Brothers (2019’s Uncut gems– which should have nabbed him an Oscar nod, but didn’t, and that’s what we got It’s Halloween). Todd Field is not the only great director who admires Adam Sandler. Quentin Tarantino said so he originally wrote the Bear Jew character in the Inglourious Basterds for Sandler (it eventually went to Eli Roth). And it’s not just great directors who have respect for Sandman either. As it turns out, Sandler is a three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is actually texting friends– which is a lot to deal with.

Field also said, “I hope we end up working together, I really do.” Josh Horowitz, host of the podcast, jokingly (we hope) asked Todd Field if that project might be a sequel to Billy Madisonto which Field replied, “I don’t know. I mean, maybe it could be…We’ve talked about some things, it’s too early.” Maybe it could be called Big Children?

Despite being an easy punchline for so many years, Adam Sandler has become somewhat of a hot commodity in the industry. Earlier this year, he won a lifetime achievement award at the Gotham Independent Film Awards. In his speech he said recognized his reputationsay “People in prison need movies too, and TBS needs content to show between all the damn basketball games.”

What do you think is the best Adam Sandler performance? Let us know your choice in the comments section below!

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