How Adam Sandler Almost Died Filming Uncut Gems

You’ve heard of actors suffering for their art. Remember when Leonardo DiCaprio ate raw bison liver on his way to winning the Oscar? But Adam Sandler may have outdone him in the suffering department. Sandler had a health scare while filming Uncut Gems in 2019.

Many critics called the thriller a revival of Sandler’s career, which had stalled with several screwball comedies. The thriller cast Sandler as Howard Ratner, a gambling addict who went over his head. Sandler enjoyed working with directors Josh and Benny Safdie so much that he’s collaborating with them again for their next project, according to Entertainment Weekly. “Their work ethic is bananas,” Sandler told EW of the Safdies. “They are always working, always writing, always thinking. I don’t know what to tell you, but it’s going to be very exciting.”

But despite Sandler’s enthusiasm for both the directors and the role, the actor found himself in real danger while filming future classic Uncut Gems. In fact, he almost died! Unlike DiCaprio, Sandler didn’t even earn an Oscar for his efforts, which he promised in an interview with Howard Stern would make audiences pay for. “If I don’t get it, I’m going to fucking come back and do another one this bad on purpose just to make you all pay,” Sandler teased via Insider. “This is how I get them.”

Adam Sandler almost died while filming Uncut Gems

So what happened to Adam Sandler on the set of Uncut Gems? Well, in the film, Sandler’s character, Howard Ratner, is pretty much attacked by guys he owes money to. When it came to filming the scene, Sandler gasped. According to Entertainment Weekly, the stunt went awry when a cue was missed.

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Director Josh Safdie explained to EW how it all went wrong. During the stunt, Sandler was choked by his co-star. But the actor quickly realized that he couldn’t breathe and tried to tap. Unfortunately, Sandler’s co-star thought the actor was still playing Howard and actually gagged him harder. The stunt coordinator eventually came to Sandler’s rescue before things went too far. “A safe word? He couldn’t speak!” Safdie said. “But he never said anything until we cut, and then he said, ‘Thanks.'”

Speak of suffering for your art, but that wasn’t the last time Sandler has narrowly escaped death in recent years. In January, TikTok and Twitter users claimed that Sandler died in a viral hoax, according to the US Sun. Fortunately, Sandler was still breathing very well, although he would injure himself again on a movie set.

Adam Sandler is injured while filming Hustle

Adam Sandler didn’t live up to his word to follow up Uncut Gems with a bad movie. In fact, his latest work, Netflix’s Hustle, has garnered some of the best reviews of his career. This film sees Sandler as a disgruntled talent scout for the NBA in what is perhaps his most understated acting effort. But like “Uncut Gems,” “Hustle” brought the actor significant pain.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Sandler “landed in the bar” while trying to play basketball with some of his co-stars. The injury was serious, according to the actor. “One night my groin couldn’t take it anymore when I said, ‘I guess I have to watch these guys go,'” he recalled. In fact, a year later, the actor is still in pain from the injury, now he walks with a limp.

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Also, Sandler recently suffered a black eye in a bedtime mishap. According to the Huff Post, Sandler said, “I had my phone in the middle of the bed. I kicked my feet up [to] pull it out. The phone flew, hit me in the head.” The actor seems accident-prone, but it’s also working for his career.