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					      You don’t mess with the Zohan
                                    Production Notes

                                                Release Date: June 6, 2008
                                                Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
                                                Director: Dennis Dugan
                                                Screenwriter: Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel,
                                                Judd Apatow
                                                Starring: Adam Sandler, John Turturro,
                                                Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nick Swardson, Rob
                                                Schneider, Kevin Nealon
                                                Genre: Comedy
                                                MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual
                                                content throughout, language and nudity)

                                                In You don’t mess with the Zohan, a comedy
                                                from screenwriters Adam Sandler, Robert
                                                Smigel (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog), and
                                                Judd Apatow (Knocked Up), Sandler stars as
                                                Zohan, a top Israeli commando who fakes his
                                                own death in order to pursue his dream:
                                                becoming a hairstylist in New York. Though he
wants to put his life of counter-terrorism behind him, he quickly finds that it is not so easy to
escape one‟s roots. As enemies old and new try to take him out, they will all come to learn the
same thing: You don‟t mess with the Zohan.
Columbia Pictures presents, in association with Relativity Media, a Happy Madison production,
a film by Dennis Dugan, You don’t mess with the Zohan. The film is directed by Dennis Dugan.
The producers are Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo. The film is written by Adam Sandler &
Robert Smigel & Judd Apatow. The executive producers are Barry Bernardi and Robert Smigel.
Director of Photography is Michael Barrett. Production designer is Perry Andelin Blake. Editor
is Tom Costain. Costume designer is Ellen Lutter. Music is by Rupert Gregson-Williams. Music
supervision by Michael Dilbeck and Brooks Arthur.
About the story
        Israeli commando Zohan Dvir (Adam Sandler) - known throughout his country as The
Zohan - is his country‟s most famous counter-terrorist. Highly skilled, seemingly indestructible,
The Zohan is equally adept with the ladies as he is with taking out his enemies, including his
nemesis, the Palestinian terrorist Phantom (John Turturro). But The Zohan has a secret... though
he loves his country, he is tired of all the fighting, and he longs for an opportunity to make a
break from the army and express his creativity by becoming a hairstylist. However, as long as he
fights terrorism, The Zohan‟s dream is impossible, leading him to cry himself to sleep at night
over images from the 1987 Paul Mitchell style book he keeps hidden in his bedroom.
        The Zohan gets his chance when Phantom resurfaces. Instead of taking him out, The
Zohan fakes his own death and escapes, leading a delighted Phantom to believe that he has
finally offed The Zohan. Stowing away on a plane to New York with only a dream and the
clothes on his back, The Zohan hides out in a cargo container with two dogs, Scrappy and Coco.
       The Zohan‟s first stop is the Paul Mitchell salon, where he takes on his cover identity:
“Scrappy Coco.” “Scrappy” expects to be hired but is mocked for his outdated ways. However,
The Zohan is not to be stopped in his quest to make the world silky smooth.
       After defending the meek Michael (Nick Swardson) following a traffic accident, The
Zohan finds a place to stay - upstairs from Michael and his mother, Gail (Lainie Kazan), in their
Brooklyn apartment.
        That very night, The Zohan attends his first American disco. Though he insists that his
name is Scrappy Coco, his true identity is detected by Oori, an Israeli immigrant who
immediately recognizes his hometown hero and can‟t believe that The Zohan is alive and well
and living in New York. Oori promises to keep The Zohan‟s identity a secret.
        After being rejected by salon after salon, The Zohan visits Oori at his electronics store,
and is shocked to see that in this neighbourhood, Israelis and Palestinians live side-by-side in
relative peace. Oori knows just the place for The Zohan to get his foot in the door...a relatively
run-down salon with an older clientele. There‟s just one catch: it‟s on the Arab side of the street.
At first, The Zohan is hesitant - he came here to get away from the fighting, but can he actually
work for a Palestinian? The salon‟s owner, Dalia (Emmanuelle Chriqui), has her own
reservations - after all, “Scrappy Coco” has no experience cutting hair. In pursuit of his dream,
The Zohan perseveres and Dalia relents. “Scrappy Coco” might just be sweeping the floor for no
pay, but he is on his way...
        ...and will soon get his chance when one of Dalia‟s hairdressers quits without notice.
With his first client in the chair, The Zohan rises to the occasion. Though he is only capable of
cutting styles from his ancient Paul Mitchell book, his client - enraptured by The Zohan‟s sexy
talk and performance - loves the results. His dream is his destiny. Word soon spreads among
New York‟s older women: see Scrappy Coco and you will leave satisfied.
        Everything is going great for The Zohan. He is living his dream of making the world
silky smooth. Business is booming, allowing Dalia to meet the exorbitant rent payments
demanded by the block‟s new owners. He is even beginning a budding romance with Dalia. But
trouble looms.
       Salim (Rob Schneider), a Palestinian cabdriver with a long-held grudge against the
former army commando, recognizes The Zohan from the old country and becomes determined to
do him in. After a few misguided attempts at taking out the Zohan, Salim alerts the Phantom that
The Zohan is still alive, and soon, the infamous terrorist is winging his way to New York.
For The Zohan, this is a disaster - not because he is afraid of the Phantom, but because he came
to America to put the fighting behind him. What he doesn‟t expect is that he and the Phantom
will have to unite against a common enemy that threatens to tear the neighbourhood apart.

About the production

The idea for Zohan, a kick-ass Israeli soldier who gives up the counter-terrorism game in order
to pursue his dream of being a hairdresser, first came to Adam Sandler many years ago, and he
immediately saw the best way to develop the character into a screenplay. He would work with
two good friends: his fellow “Saturday Night Live” alumnus (and original head writer for Conan
O‟Brien and creator of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and “TV Funhouse”) Robert Smigel, and
his onetime roommate (and now comedy heavyweight) Judd Apatow.

You Don‟t Mess with the Zohan represents familiar ground for the writers. “My interest in
writing about Israelis started at „Saturday Night Live,‟” says Smigel, who was a sketch writer on
the show for a number of years. “Oddly enough, the very first sketch that Adam was ever in was
„The Sabra Shopping Network,‟ a sketch I wrote about Israelis.”

You Don‟t Mess with the Zohan also represents a return to Sandler‟s roots – playing an
outlandish, wild, broadly drawn character, as he did both on “SNL” and early in his film career.
“Adam‟s audience has gotten used to seeing him play characters closer to himself,” adds Smigel.
“But even though Zohan can do no-arm pushups, he‟s still goofy and vulnerable like Adam.”

According to director Dennis Dugan, You Don‟t Mess with the Zohan pits The Zohan against an
equally large and imposing opposite, who happens to be a terrorist: The Phantom, played by
John Turturro. “Ali and Frazier, the Celtics and the Lakers, the Yankees and Boston, The Zohan
and Phantom,” says Dugan. “It‟s the fiercest rivalry.”

Though its basis is one of the most vexing problems on the world stage, the filmmakers‟ primary
goal was to bring the comedy. Still, Rob Schneider, a near-and-dear member of the Happy
Madison family who joins the cast as Salim, a Palestinian cab driver, says that it‟s possible that
comedy is the only way to approach an unapproachable problem. “Comedy brings people
together,” he says. “The Zohan is ridiculous – so ridiculous that, I hope, everybody takes a step
back and laughs together.”

The film also features a host of hilarious cameos from friends old and new. Dave Matthews – of
his eponymous band – and Kevin James reunite with Sandler after taking on cameo and starring
roles, respectively, in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. Michael Buffer, the “Let‟s Get
Ready to Rumble” announcer, takes on a featured role in the film. And Mariah Carey, the best-
selling female artist of all time, who earlier this year made history with the most #1 singles by a
solo artist, appears as herself (and the idol of both Israeli and Arab fans). Carey‟s song “I‟ll Be
Lovin‟ U Long Time,” the third single from her album “E=MC2,” is also featured in the film.
But the cameos don‟t stop there. Among other surprises, the film also features Kevin Nealon,
John McEnroe, Charlotte Rae, who was Mrs. Garrett on „The Facts of Life,‟ and Academy
president Sid Ganis. “We may not get any Oscar® nominations now, only because Sid has to
appear neutral,” says Smigel.

Melding the serious and the ridiculous is director Dennis Dugan, who has previously helmed the
Sandler hits Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, as well as
the Happy Madison project The Benchwarmers, in addition to many other films and television

“My job is to tee up the ball so that Sandler can smack it,” Dugan says. “We have a similar
sensibility. I try to get his vision for the film and I work with all the departments to figure out the
best way to facilitate it. Now that we‟ve done five movies together, I know what he wants; it‟s
easier to know than to try to predict.”

“When I was 12, I didn‟t have half as much energy as Dennis Dugan has now,” Smigel says.
“He‟s unbelievable. He shared a secret with me that it‟s deliberate - he knows that if he drags,
everyone else will drag, too. He‟s got to set the example. Plus, he made me laugh every day on
the set. It doesn‟t pay as well, but I‟d like to see him emcee at a comedy club.”

“I was an actor for a long time, so my theory is that the more comfortable I make the actors,
many of whom are actors/comedians, the more I make them feel at home and the funnier they‟ll
be,” Dugan says. “So no matter how tired I am or how long the hours are, I always pretend that
I‟m not tired and I pretend I‟m not mad and I pretend I‟m not cranky. That way, the actors feel
like the set is a cool place where they can work, be safe, and be free. Everything I do is oriented
toward that, because eventually it all comes down to what happens when you say, „Action.‟”

Casting The Film

When Adam Sandler decided to take on the role of the Zohan, he committed himself to the role.
“Sandler worked very, very, very hard. He worked out with a Navy SEAL for four months,” says
Smigel. “Lifting weights, running miles, doing sit-ups, no snacks. I‟ve never seen him happier.”

Sandler also worked on his Israeli accent. He had help from the script supervisor Ronit Ravich-
Boss, who hails from Israel. She assisted Sandler with pronunciation and word usage. In
addition, she was a helpful person to have around. “Sometimes, Adam would ask Ronit if she
knew the Hebrew word for something,” Dugan says. “If it was a word that sounded funny to us,
Adam would use it.”

Another Sandler adviser was Eytan Ben-David, who – in life-imitates-art fashion – is a former
Israeli army soldier who now works in a hair salon in Los Angeles. Ben-David met with Sandler
and gave him tips on how a hairdresser acts, how to hold the scissors, and hairdresser lingo.

That said, bringing The Zohan to life wasn‟t all hairspray and conditioner. Sandler also got into
fantastic shape to play the counter-terrorism agent. The other key adviser to Sandler was stunt
coordinator Scott Rogers, veteran of Spider-Man 2 and 3 and Sky High. As Dugan explains,
Scott would be in charge of showing off The Zohan‟s extraordinary abilities. “We wanted to
make all the stunts look as fresh and as original as possible,” says Dugan. “We didn‟t want the
stunts to be comedic, Jackie Chan-style stunts, but real, brutal, scary, and as terrifying as possible
– and wherever possible, to show the Zohan doing it.”

Smigel says he knows what really attracted Sandler to the part. “I think he wanted to get it done
while he was still young enough to look reasonably good with his shirt off,” he says.

Rob Schneider, who has been a loyal part of Sandler‟s films from the very beginning, adds,
“Adam really did his research, but he found something that was very approachable. I don‟t think
anybody in the world could have played this part except Adam Sandler. There‟s a real joy to his
performance – you get to see him having the time of his life.”

John Turturro says, “I‟m always happy to have the opportunity to work with Adam and the
Happy Madison guys. Adam goes out of his way to make sure everybody is happy and that the
set is a good place to work. Plus, it‟s nice to cut loose and have some fun.”

Turturro, who previously starred opposite Sandler in Mr. Deeds and Anger Management, plays
Phantom. Turturro explains, “Phantom is Zohan‟s antagonist. He calls me a terrorist, but he sees
himself as the freedom fighter for the Arabic side against Zohan and the Israeli side.”

After the big battle in which Zohan fakes his own death, Phantom – who thinks he‟s finally offed
his nemesis – celebrates his success… but as Turturro explains, that‟s not the end of Phantom‟s
story. “Zohan is faking his death, but little does he realize that Phantom also has his own dreams
of not fighting anymore. If Zohan is the Jewish James Bond, Phantom is an Arabic Eminem. He
has gold teeth, he always wears shades, and he has his own chain of Muchentuchen restaurants.
Basically – and ironically for a guy named Phantom – he‟s living off his fame not only as a
freedom fighter of the people, but as the man who got the Zohan.”

To research his role and work on his accent, Turturro called on a friend. “I‟ve had a chance to
read up and I‟ve had a couple of the Arab actors help me with the accent. I have a good friend,
Tony Shalhoub, whose family is from Lebanon. He‟s always introducing me to a lot of the things
that go on in that part of the world that are not really seen. This might be a silly comedy, but it‟s
still an opportunity to learn something new.”

Schneider says, “If you‟re working with John Turturro, you have to be on your game. He‟s very
unpredictable, a good physical comedian, and a marvellous actor - in fact, he‟s one of the few
guys who are good at both dramatic acting and comedy acting.”

Emmanuelle Chriqui, who recently rose to fame with a recurring role on the HBO hit
“Entourage,” takes on the role of Dalia, a Palestinian immigrant to New York. She owns the hair
salon and gives Zohan his first job in the US. “She gives him a chance even though at first she
thinks it‟s a really bad idea. He ends up helping her and making her business flourish.”
Chriqui, who claims French and Moroccan heritage, says that she looked to the influence of her
mother to play Dalia. “My mother was a very fiery, unbelievable Moroccan woman, so I tapped
into that energy to play a strong Palestinian woman. Even though Morocco‟s in North Africa, the
customs are very similar to those throughout the Arab world.”
Though Chriqui is the one woman among the boys‟ club on the set of Zohan, she held her own.
“It‟s a recurring theme in my life to be the one girl among a lot of guys,” she says. “But when the
guys are as funny as Sandler, it‟s not so bad.”

Like the other actors, Chriqui spent time with a dialogue coach to master her character‟s accent.
“The Palestinian actors on the set told me that I had a pretty good Palestinian accent, which I was
very glad to hear. I worked hard to get it right.”

Chriqui was also gratified by the chance to explore Dalia‟s amazing wardrobe. “At first, we
considered a very ethnic look for Dalia - dripping in gold and scarves, that kind of thing. But as
we got into it, we realized that Dalia‟s got a ton of energy: she‟s edgy, she‟s funky, and she‟s
strong. It takes a lot of guts for someone to immigrate to America and be running a business just
four or five years later. Ellen Lutter was a great collaborator, helping to infuse the energy of New
York City into the character through her clothing.”

Rob Schneider is along for the ride in an unpredictable and wild role. “I play Salim, a Palestinian
cab driver who came to New York to fulfil his dreams,” he explains. “He has some residual
bitterness - he‟s harboured a grudge ever since, as a young man, a goat that he was very fond of
was taken from him by Zohan. That stuck with him, so when he sees Zohan in New York, he‟s
shocked by it and plans his revenge.”

Schneider adds, “He‟s not just a cabdriver. He‟s also a Spiegel catalogue salesman. Salim‟s got
about three jobs going simultaneously. He‟s taking fares and making sales on the cell phone
while he drives.”

Smigel says that Salim is a guy who never got a chance to show the world what he could do.
“He‟s just an innocent cab driver forced to work 14 hour shifts to get by. He finally sees his
chance at some fame when he recognizes Zohan. He‟s jealous of Phantom, who‟s totally blinged-
out. He wants revenge on Zohan, but he also knows capturing Zohan would be a coup, and he
wants his little slice of glory.”

“I was very flattered that Robert Smigel wrote this part for me,” says Schneider. “It reminded me
of our best „Saturday Night Live‟ days - he handed me a great character and I knew that I had to
knock it out of the park. It‟s pressure, sure, but it‟s the best kind of pressure.”

To get Salim‟s accent right, Schneider had the help of a couple of coaches. “I talked with Dr
Salame, a Palestinian physician in Milwaukee. Dr Salame was nice enough to help me out and
put all my lines on tape - and then he did it all in Arabic too.”

Memorizing the lines and the accent - that was the easy part. The hard part was staying on his
toes. Schneider says, “Adam likes to adlib. So I had all my lines completely down, with the
accent - I‟ve got it on paper, spelled out phonetically - and then Adam starts to adlib and I‟m
like, „Ohhh.‟ Fortunately, we had Palestinian actors on the set - I would go up to Ahmed Ahmed
and ask him, „How would you say this?‟ Between him, Daoud, and Sayed, we were like the
Arabic Bowery Boys. It was a lot of fun.”

Daoud Heidami, one of the Palestinian actors who worked closely with Schneider, says, “I grew
up watching Rob, so when I found out I was going to have the opportunity to work with him, I
was really excited. It was exciting to watch and work with him. He‟s helpful and encouraging in
a lot of ways - he always has such a great energy that it‟s really easy to work off of him.”

Bringing Israelis And Arabs Together, one joke at a time

A movie about an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian terrorist coming together? It‟s not as crazy as
it sounds, says director Dennis Dugan. “The people living in conflict in the Middle East are the
same people living in one neighborhood in New York – except that while there may be rivalries
in Gaza, they don‟t hate each other in Brooklyn. Everybody just gets along,” he notes. “They
treat each other more as people than as rival factions. You Don‟t Mess with the Zohan is a
comedic way of sort of getting at the West Side Story aspect of life.”

Amazingly enough, Smigel notes, the story of the movie was reflected on the set. “One of the
great things on the set – and we didn‟t do this intentionally – was that we had many scenes that
involved all the Arab guys and the Israeli guys in the same scene, meaning they were all called to
the set together,” says Smigel. “Everyone would be eating lunch together. They had a lot of
passionate discussions, but it was very friendly, very healthy, very open-minded. It was really
cool to see – some of the guys have said to me that it‟s the most they‟ve every talked to an Arab
or an Israeli before.”

One key to bringing You Don‟t Mess with the Zohan to the screen was to hire the best and
funniest actors from Israel and the Arab world to bring to life the supporting roles. “We have an
entire squad of people – not just the usual suspects from Happy Madison,” says Dugan. “We
went from Israel to Palestine to New York to Anaheim, all over Los Angeles, to find people from
the Middle East – Israelis and Arabs alike – to be in the movie. I think we read every SAG and
non-SAG acting aspirant for this movie. With 175 roles in the movie, we had to do that.”

“Toward the end of the shoot, I heard from some of the actors that they‟d grown up hating or
mistrusting all Israelis or all Arabs – until they came here,” Smigel adds. “They actually said the
shoot was a life-altering experience. Even though we make the point in the movie, I think it was
a shock to everyone to see how much they all had in common. Look, it‟s not like we think we‟re
solving anything with this film; we just wanted to be funny. But even for me, as a Jew, it was
very interesting to feel as close to the Arabs on the set as I did to the Israelis.”

To play Oori, who becomes Zohan‟s guide to all things American, the filmmakers found Ido
Mosseri, who has been an actor in his native Israel since he was eight years old. “I‟ve always
dreamt about Hollywood, but it was something I didn‟t think would really happen. Being in an
American movie with Adam Sandler is more than a dream for me.”
“It was a great acting school for me to watch Adam work,” he says. “He‟s so kind and giving,
and he‟s a very fun man to be with – he‟s like a child sometimes. It‟s important to love what you
do and I can see all the time how Adam loves his work – and how he enjoys it and how much he
wants everyone else to feel the same way.”

“I‟m always happy for the opportunity to work with Arab actors,” Mosseri adds. “On the Zohan
set, I think the first time the Arab and the Israeli actors met each other, I think we immediately
became friends – we have a lot in common. Each of us comes from his own place and his own
opinions and his own background. The most important thing that we were sitting together and
listening to each other and wanting to learn about the other. So I felt privileged that we had the
opportunity to play together, to talk together, to get to know each other. We became real

About Mosseri, Smigel says, “When I was writing the Israeli characters as horndogs, I worried if
it was too much of a stereotype. Fortunately, Ido fulfilled all my dreams. At one point on the set
he was raving about Tel Aviv, the scene there, and how I had to visit. Then he paused and asked
me if I was married, and I said yes. He said, „Well... maybe you don‟t need to visit.‟”

Sayed Badreya plays Hamdi, a Palestinian cab driver who works with Rob Schneider‟s character,
Salim, and Daoud Heidami‟s character, Nasi. Badreya is an Egyptian-American who came to the
US in 1979 to attend NYU Film School. He remembers, “I‟m a product of war and peace. When
I was a little boy during the war, I always hid in movie theatres, watching American movies. So I
fell in love with America before I knew what America is, because of the movies. When Sadat
made peace with Israel, I had the opportunity to come to America to study film.”

He says that sometimes, the motion picture industry can be tough on Arab actors. “When I first
came here in 1979 and first sought acting jobs, the only roles available were roles as terrorists. I
was young and fit and too good looking to be a terrorist, so I couldn‟t get a job,” he jokes. “I
grew my beard, put on weight, and got a job right away. Since then, for 20 years, I‟ve had one
line in every movie I‟ve been in: „In the name of Allah, I kill you all.‟”

Daoud Heidami plays Nasi - like Salim and Hamdi, a Palestinian cab driver in New York.
Heidami was born in Bethlehem to a Palestinian father and mother. His family moved to
Houston, Texas when he was four.

Heidami says that it‟s entirely believable that Nasi would join his friend Salim on the wild goose
chase to catch Zohan. “In the Middle Eastern culture, it‟s like everybody is cousins - even if
you‟re not really related,” he says. “So if my „cousin‟ calls me and says he needs help, I go.
Everyone‟s family when you need a favour.”

Working on the film and with Happy Madison, Heidami notes, “They created a unique
environment where it felt safe as an actor to play and explore on set, to take risks. And that safe
environment extended beyond the set, too. We would talk during our lunch breaks and get to
know each other. Little by little, this lead to discussion of the Palestinian-Israeli issue. It was
great - everyone was very passionate, everyone had an idea and people listened to each other.
The Israeli actors would listen to my stories about growing up in Bethlehem, and I would listen
to theirs. That has a lot to do with the environment that Adam set up.”
Schneider adds, “It went so smoothly. It was beautiful, which gives me hope. All we‟re trying to
do with this movie is make people laugh, but if we can do that, then maybe it will have some
impact - just because we‟re trying to be respectful to both sides and funny.”

About The Production

You Don‟t Mess with the Zohan reunites many key production personnel. The film marks
production designer Perry Andelin Blake‟s tenth Happy Madison production and costume
designer Ellen Lutter‟s ninth film with the team. Editor Tom Costain previously served as
assistant editor of many Sandler productions. Cinematographer Michael Barrett joins the team
for the first time.

Blake says that all departments, as well as input from Dugan and Sandler, are key to determining
the look of the film. “Dennis Dugan and Adam Sandler are heavily involved. As we do some
photo shops – playing with design for specific locations – we also work with Ellen to share
pictures of the locations and the colors we‟re going to use. She‟s always done a ton of research –
on Zohan, she showed us the uniforms for the Israeli army and the clothes an average Palestinian
might wear. We take from her the colors that she feels are right, and we coalesce everything into
one design concept.”

Although most of the film was shot in New York and Los Angeles, Dugan and a small crew shot
a few scenes on a Tel Aviv beach. “The beginning of the movie takes place in Tel Aviv in the
summer, so I went there and worked with an all-Israeli crew and got some shots of the very
crowded beach in Tel Aviv. For some other shots from the same scene, we filmed on a beach in
Mexico. In Israel, there is a very distinctive orange umbrella that is put out by an ice cream
company – those umbrellas are all over the beach. We got those umbrellas and shipped about a
hundred or so down to Mexico.”

One part of production that was unusual for a Happy Madison production were the many, many
stunts required to bring the world‟s greatest Israeli counter-terrorist to the screen. “Just like a
Bourne or Spider-Man, where we play the stunts straight, we played them pretty straight in
Zohan,” says Rogers. “We tried to give Sandler a foundation he could leap from: his Zohan is
stronger, faster, and more capable than any human being, but he‟s not a superhero.”

Rogers admits that that part – pushing Zohan just beyond the boundaries of human possibility –
was the best part. “We played him 10 percent beyond what a human could actually do,” he says.
“It gave us the freedom to make him bigger than life and to get real creative. The swimming
scene where he swims down the Phantom, who‟s on a jet ski, was just an extraordinary
opportunity to do some pretty fun stuff. We play it straight, but then you know in the context of
what‟s going on, it‟s a very funny stunt and a very funny scene.

“When we first were talking about the scene, I pitched that he would swim like a dolphin,” he
continues. “They loved it, but were skeptical that we could pull it off. We had to find the right
boat and the right equipment, and then, we went to the swim facility at USC and found the right
swimmer, Meir Hasbani, a guy on the Israeli national team, believe it or not. We cruised along
the water at 18 miles per hour, flying him on wires, and then we started porpoising him through
the water. It actually came together fairly easily.” So easily, in fact, that Sandler wasn‟t about to
let the opportunity slip by without trying the rig himself – and soon the star was swimming like a
dolphin through the blue sea of La Paz.

“Of course Zohan can do anything - he isn‟t limited to running fast or martial arts or swimming;
he does everything,” Rogers notes. “Whatever the circumstance demanded, we looked for the
best possible person for that specific talent. We brought in free runners to jump from building to
building. We had gymnasts to do some of the floor routines on the chair. We had dancers for the
disco scenes and we had the swimmers for the water scenes. Those were just some of the stunt
people. I‟ve never heard of anybody having this many doubles for one character; it‟s almost
ridiculous, but at the same time, it‟s very funny. It‟s what gives this character his talent and his

Still, it‟s important for the audience to see Sandler, as Zohan performing as many of his own
stunts as was feasible. In one case, New Yorkers got to see Adam Sandler riding on top of a taxi
down Park Avenue. “We rode him down in New York City at actually probably 20-25 miles an
hour, surfing a car. It was important to show that it was actually Adam doing the stunt -
audiences are very sophisticated, so seeing the actor doing the stunt himself helps to suspend the
disbelief; if you give them too many reasons to doubt it, then you pull them out of that world that
you‟re creating. Adam was very game and very good at keeping the audience within this odd
little world that Zohan lives in.”

ADAM SANDLER (Zohan/Screenwriter/Producer) has enjoyed phenomenal success in the
entertainment industry as an actor, writer, producer and musician.

Sandler was last seen in a starring role opposite Kevin James and Jessica Biel in Universal‟s hit
comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, which opened #1 at the box office. Prior to that,
he starred opposite Don Cheadle in Columbia Pictures‟ Reign over Me for director Mike Binder,
as well as the box-office hits Click, starring with Kate Beckinsale, and The Longest Yard,
starring with Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds. He also starred in James L. Brooks‟ Spanglish,
opposite Tea Leoni; the romantic comedy 50 First Dates, with Drew Barrymore; Anger
Management, with Jack Nicholson; and Paul Thomas Anderson‟s Punch-Drunk Love, for which
he received a Golden Globe nomination. Sandler will next be seen in Disney‟s Bedtime Stories.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, Sandler‟s first brush
with comedy came at age 17, with a performance at a Boston comedy club. From then on he was
hooked, performing regularly in comedy clubs throughout the state, while earning a degree in
Fine Arts from New York University.

Sandler made his motion picture debut in Coneheads opposite Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin. He
has gone on to become an almost self-contained mini studio involved in all aspects of film
production. Happy Gilmore was one of the most successful movies of 1996. With a budget of
just $12 million, it grossed more than $40 million at the box office and $35 million on home
video. The Wedding Singer, in which he also starred with Drew Barrymore, was the first box
office hit of 1998, with an opening weekend gross of more than $22 million. His next film, The
Waterboy, had an opening weekend of almost $40 million. Other recent $100 million-plus
grossing Sandler films include Big Daddy, Mr. Deeds, Anger Management and 50 First Dates.

Sandler collaborated with writer Tim Herlihy on the screenplays for Happy Gilmore, Little
Nicky, Billy Madison, Big Daddy and The Waterboy. Billy Madison has become a cult classic
for college students across the country, with “Billy” nights and “Sandler” festivals.

Sandler served as producer through his Happy Madison Productions on Click, The
Benchwarmers, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,
Strange Wilderness and the upcoming films The House Bunny and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. He
executive produced Grandma‟s Boy, The Animal, Joe Dirt, The Master of Disguise, The Hot
Chick and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. Sandler‟s production company, Happy Madison
Productions, has a deal with Columbia Tri-Star Domestic Television to develop shows for the
studio including the current hit show “Rules of Engagement” starring David Spade and Oliver
Hudson and the upcoming Comedy Central series‟ “The Gong Show with Dave Atell” and “Gay

During breaks from his busy filming schedule, Sandler spends time in the recording studio.
Several of his comedy albums on Warner Bros. Records have gone multi-platinum. Collectively,
they have sold more than six million copies to date. Several years ago, Sandler launched This site is updated weekly with mini-movies featuring Sandler and the staff
of Happy Madison in their daily routines.

JOHN TURTURRO (Phantom) studied at the Yale School of Drama. For his theatrical debut,
he created the title role of John Patrick Shanley‟s “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,” for which he
won an Obie Award and a Theater World Award. Since then, Turturro has performed on stage in
“Waiting for Godot,” in the title role of Bertolt Brecht‟s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” and
in “ Eduardo De Filippo‟s “Souls of Naples,” for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk
Award. He is currently performing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Samuel
Beckett‟s “Endgame.”

Turturro has performed in more than 60 films, including Martin Scorsese‟s The Color of Money,
Tony Bill‟s Five Corners, Spike Lee‟s Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever, Robert Redford‟s
Quiz Show, Peter Weir‟s Fearless, Tom DiCillo‟s Box of Moonlight, Francesco Rosi‟s La
Tregua and Joel and Ethan Coen‟s Miller‟s Crossing, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski and O
Brother, Where Art Thou? For his lead role in Barton Fink, he won the Best Actor Award at the
Cannes Film Festival and the David di Donatello Award.

For his work on television, Turturro was nominated for a SAG Award for his portrayal of
Howard Cosell in “Monday Night Mayhem” and won an Emmy for his guest appearance on the
hit series “Monk.” Most recently he was nominated for a SAG Award for his portrayal of Billy
Martin in ESPN‟s “The Bronx Is Burning.”

Most recently, he appeared in Robert De Niro‟s The Good Shepherd, Michael Bay‟s
Transformers, Noah Baumbach‟s Margot at the Wedding, and Barry Levinson‟s What Just
Happened? He is currently filming Columbia Pictures‟ The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
opposite Denzel Washington and John Travolta.

John Turturro has directed three films. His directorial debut, Mac, won the Camera d‟ Or at the
Cannes Film Festival. He also directed Illuminata and the recently-released Romance &
Cigarettes starring James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet.

By the age of seven, EMMANUELLE CHRIQUI (Dalia) knew that performing was in her
future. After attending Unionville High School for the Performing Arts and building her resume
in community theatre, she left her native Canada to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles.

Upon arriving in LA, Chriqui quickly made a name for herself in the states, landing roles in New
Line Cinema‟s Detroit Rock City, Paramount/Nickelodeon‟s Snow Day and the cult favorite 100
Girls. However, it was Miramax‟s On the Line that provided Chriqui with her first leading role in
a Studio film. She continued her success with another lead role, this time in the New Regency
thriller Wrong Turn. Her other films include Rick, opposite Bill Pullman, as well as the films
Waiting with Ryan Reynolds, The Crow: Wicked Prayer with Edward Furlong, Lionsgate feature
In The Mix starring opposite Usher and Chazz Palminteri.
Later this year, Chriqui will be seen in the independent film Patriotville, starring opposite Justin
Long and the independent feature Tortured in which she stars opposite Cole Hauser. She recently
completed filming on Sony/BMG Cadillac Records opposite Adrian Brody and Jeffrey Wright.

Chriqui also returned to television with recurring roles on both “The O.C.” and the HBO series
“Unscripted” from George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh. She can be seen as Sloane on
HBO‟s “Entourage.”

Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, Chriqui currently splits her time between Los Angeles
and New York.

The actor, writer and comedian NICK SWARDSON (Michael) recently released his debut
album “Party” on Comedy Central records. The album, produced by Adam Sandler, opened at #1
and sold over 50,000 copies in its first two months.

Swardson continues to work with Happy Madison productions. He most recently acted in and co-
produced the I Now Pronounce you Chuck & Larry. His other credits include The Benchwarmers
(actor/co-writer/co-producer), Grandma‟s Boy (actor/writer/producer), Click, Blades of Glory,
Malibu‟s Most Wanted (actor/writer), and “Reno 911: Miami.”

ROB SCHNEIDER (Salim), once a comedian, then an actor, is now a comedian-actor-director-
writer and producer.

Schneider recently made his directorial debut on the prison comedy Big Stan, starring Schneider,
David Carradine, M. Emmett Walsh, Scott Wilson, Henry Gibson and Jennifer Morrison
(“House”). Schneider also co-wrote and stars in the upcoming film The Chosen One, which he
produces with his brother, John Schneider.

In spring 2006, Schneider starred alongside David Spade and Jon Heder in the hit comedy The
Benchwarmers. Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo of Happy Madison Productions produced.
Schneider met Sandler when they were struggling stand-up comedians and worked together on
“Saturday Night Live.” Schneider has worked on ten of the company‟s films, including co-
writing and starring in Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, The Hot Chick, The Animal, and
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, narrating the animated comedy Eight Crazy Nights, co-starring
with Sandler in The Waterboy, Big Daddy, Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds, and 50 First Dates, and
taking cameo roles in many more.

In addition to acting, writing and directing, Schneider has been active in a number of charities.
He founded his own charity, “The Rob Schneider Music Foundation,” to encourage and assist in
music education for middle and high school students.

LAINIE KAZAN (Gail) is a multi-award winner in film, television and on stage. Kazan began
her career as Barbra Streisand‟s understudy in the Broadway production of “Funny Girl.” She
soon became the “chanteuse” of her native New York, appearing in nightclubs and as a guest on
virtually every top variety and talk show on television. She appeared on “The Dean Martin
Show” an unequalled 26 times, hosted her own variety special on NBC and opened the popular
“Lainie‟s Room” and “Lainie‟s Room East” at the Los Angeles and New York Playboy Clubs.

Appearing at San Francisco‟s Fairmont Hotel, Kazan attracted the attention of Francis Ford
Coppola who offered her a role in One from the Heart. The following year, Kazan was
nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actress in Richard Benjamin‟s My
Favorite Year with Peter O‟Toole. Her other films include Lust in the Dust, Delta Force,
Beaches, The Cemetery Club, 29th St., The Associate, Love Is All There Is, The Big Hit, The
Crew, What‟s Cooking?, and the Tom Hanks-produced comedy, My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Kazan also starred in the TNT movie “The Engagement Ring,” with Patricia Heaton. She was
nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance on “St. Elsewhere” and received a
CableACE Award nomination for “The Paper Chase.” Kazan guest starred on “Will & Grace,”
she recurred on “The Nanny” and played Arthur‟s main squeeze on “The King of Queens”

Kazan received a Tony nomination for her reprisal of her original role in the musical version of
“My Favorite Year” at Lincoln Center. She produced and starred on Broadway with Bette
Midler, Madeline Kahn, Patti LuPone, Elaine Stritch and Andrea Martin in “Doin‟ What Comes
Natur‟lly,” an all star tribute to Ethel Merman and benefit for the Gay Men‟s Health Crisis. She
has also appeared in Regional productions of “A Little Night Music,” “The Rink,” “Man of La
Mancha,” “The Rose Tattoo,” “Gypsy,” “Who‟s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “Hello Dolly,”
“Fiddler on the Roof,” “Orpheus Descending,” and “Plaza Suite,” among others. Kazan also
completed a sold out run of “The Vagina Monologues” on Broadway, the award winning drama
“The Exonerated,” and most recently “Bermuda Avenue Triangle” in Los Angeles.

Kazan has sung with the Boston Pops and the Cleveland Pops and performed to sold out houses
throughout Europe, Asia and Las Vegas and at such venues as The Greek Theatre, Harrah‟s,
Trump Castle and the hallowed stages of New York‟s Rainbow and Stars, Tatou and Tavern on
the Green, and Feinstein‟s at The Regency Hotel. A recording artist, her CDs include her jazz
collections “Lainie Kazan – In the Groove” and “Body and Soul.” She is a frequent headliner at
The Algonquin and Regency Hotels in New York City and stages throughout the country. Kazan
serves on the board of the Screen Actors Guild, the Young Musician‟s Foundation, and the
Muscular Dystrophy Association. She is also involved in charitable work on behalf of AIDS.

        DENNIS DUGAN (Director) is a talented filmmaker whose diverse career in
entertainment spans over two decades. Dugan is considered one of the industry‟s top feature film
comedy directors, earning his reputation with such hits as Big Daddy and Happy Gilmore, both
of which starred Adam Sandler; Saving Silverman, starring Jack Black, and Amanda Peet; and
Beverly Hills Ninja, starring Chris Farley. He most recently directed I Now Pronounce You
Chuck & Larry, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Jessica Biel. His other films include
The Benchwarmers, starring Rob Schneider, David Spade, Jon Heder and Jon Lovitz, and
National Security, starring Martin Lawrence.
       On the small screen, Dugan has directed dozens of television projects including, “NYPD
Blue,” “Moonlighting,” and “Ally McBeal,” as well as the telepics “Columbo: Butterfly Shades
of Gray” and “The Shaggy Dog.”
        Dugan is an actor-turned-filmmaker who began his career in the New York theatre scene
and first made his mark in Hollywood in front of the camera. He starred in his own NBC
television series, “Richie Brockelman, Private Eye,” and also guest-starred on such award-
winning television programs as “M*A*S*H,” “Columbo,” “The Rockford Files,” and “Hill
Street Blues.”
        In addition to small, yet memorable, acting roles in his own films, the most recent being
the taxi driver in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Dugan‟s feature-film credits include
roles in Parenthood, She’s Having a Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love and The Howling.
       ADAM SANDLER (Screenwriter/Producer/Zohan) See Cast Section
       ROBERT SMIGEL (Screenwriter/Executive Producer/Yosi) has contributed as a writer,
performer and producer to two of late night‟s most popular shows, “Saturday Night Live” and
“Late Night with Conan O‟Brien.” At “SNL,” Smigel is best known for his “Saturday TV
Funhouse” cartoon shorts, including “The Ambiguously Gay Duo,” “Fun with Real Audio,” and
“X-Presidents.” Working with animators David Wachtenheim, Robert Marianetti, and JJ
Sedelmaier, Smigel‟s cartoons have been honored at numerous festivals, including first prize at
the annual World Animation Festival, and were compiled on the DVD The Best of Saturday TV
Funhouse. Smigel has won two Emmys for his writing at “SNL,” and in 1998 he received the
Dallas Video Festival‟s Ernie Kovacs Award for innovative contributions to television.
        Smigel was the original head writer and producer of “Late Night with Conan O‟Brien,”
creating signature routines like “In the Year 2000” and the “Clutch Cargo” interviews (with
writer Dino Stamatopoulos), in which Smigel has provided the lips and voices of Presidents
Bush and Clinton, Bob Dole, Don King, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many other celebrity
victims. The popularity of his most famous creation, Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog (whom he
puppeteers), has spawned the Grammy-nominated CD/DVD entitled “Come Poop With Me,”
and a Best of Triumph DVD collection including reports from the Westminster Dog Show, the
MTV Awards, and the “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones” premiere.
        The son of Dr Irwin Smigel, the dentist who developed tooth bonding, Smigel grew up in
Manhattan and struggled as a pre-dental student at Cornell and NYU. After moving to Chicago
to study with Players Workshop of the Second City, Smigel performed in the long-running revue
“All You Can Eat and the Temple of Doom” and was hired in 1985 by Al Franken and Tom
Davis as a writer for “Saturday Night Live.” At “SNL,” Smigel‟s most popular sketches included
“Trekkies (Get a Life!),” “Schmitts Gay Beer,” “Mastermind Reagan,” “The Sinatra Group,” and
“Da Bears,” in which Smigel himself played one of the kielbasa-loving Chicago sports fans.
Smigel often wrote for Carvey‟s impressions (Johnny Carson, Regis Philbin, John McLaughlin,
Tom Brokaw) and collaborated frequently with O‟Brien (the infamous “Nude Beach” sketch and
the Tom Hanks-Jon Lovitz “Girlwatchers”). In 1991, Smigel and O‟Brien wrote and produced
the unsold pilot “Lookwell” starring Adam West. Smigel collaborated with Sandler on numerous
sketches as well, and wrote the first sketch Sandler appeared in on “SNL,” the Israeli-themed
“Sabra Shopping Network.”
       In 1996, Smigel was an executive producer, writer and cast member on the controversial
“The Dana Carvey Show.” Among its innovative sketches was the original “Ambiguously Gay
Duo,” voiced by “Carvey” cast members Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell.
       While continuing on “SNL,” Smigel spun off “Saturday TV Funhouse” in 2000 as a
weekly series on Comedy Central. Created with Stamatopoulos, “TV Funhouse” was a mock
children‟s show featuring animation, short films and the “Anipals,” an ensemble of animal
puppets that interacted with live animals in a variety of cable-friendly ways. “X-Presidents” was
expanded into a graphic novel, co-written by Adam McKay and published by Villard in 2000. In
2003, Smigel produced the first “Night of Too Many Stars” benefit. The biannual events, now
hosted by Jon Stewart on Comedy Central, raise money for schools and educational programs for
children and adults with autism.
        Smigel has appeared in numerous movies, including Wayne’s World 2 and several Adam
Sandler films, including the voice of the bulldog Mr Beefy in Little Nicky. Most recently, Smigel
played Larry‟s mailman in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, and Sandler‟s dentist brother-
in-law in Paul Thomas Anderson‟s Punch-Drunk Love.
        In addition to Zohan, Smigel and Sandler continue to collaborate on television, as Smigel
recently developed (with Greg Cohen) the cartoon pilot “The Animals” for Happy Madison
Productions. Smigel also takes special pride in conceiving Sandler‟s dirtiest recorded song, “At a
Medium Pace,” and co-writing Adam‟s second dirtiest song, “She Comes Home to Me.”
       JUDD APATOW (Screenwriter) made his feature directorial debut with the 2005
summer box-office smash The 40-Year-Old Virgin, starring Steve Carell, and followed up with
the Universal release Knocked Up, starring Katherine Heigl, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, and Paul
Rudd, and written, directed and produced by Apatow.
        Apatow recently produced April‟s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, starring Jason Segel and
Kristen Bell and directed by Nicholas Stoller; March‟s Drillbit Taylor, starring Owen Wilson
and directed by Steven Brill; last December‟s comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,
starring John C Reilly and directed by Jake Kasdan; last summer‟s Superbad, starring Jonah Hill,
Michael Cera, Bill Hader and Seth Rogen; and the summer 2006 hit Talladega Nights: The
Ballad of Ricky Bobby, starring Will Ferrell. He also executive-produced 2006‟s independent
film The TV Set, a scathingly funny look at the television industry starring David Duchovny and
Sigourney Weaver.
       Apatow executive-produced Kicking & Screaming, starring Will Ferrell, and produced
Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy, also starring Ferrell with Christina Applegate and
Paul Rudd.
        He co-wrote the screenplay for the remake of Fun with Dick and Jane, starring Jim
Carrey and Téa Leoni. He made his feature film debut as a co-writer and executive producer on
the comedy Heavyweights. He also served as a producer on the dark comedy The Cable Guy,
directed by Ben Stiller and starring Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick.
        On the small screen, Apatow served as an executive producer of the critically praised,
award-winning series “Freaks and Geeks,” which debuted in the 1999–2000 season and for
which he also wrote and directed several episodes. He also created and executive-produced the
series “Undeclared,” which was named one of Time magazine‟s Ten Best Shows of 2001.
        Previously, Apatow worked as a writer, director and producer on the award-winning and
widely acclaimed series “The Larry Sanders Show,” starring Garry Shandling. For his work on
the show, he earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and
received five consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series. In
addition, “The Larry Sanders Show” brought Apatow two CableACE Awards for Best Comedy
Series and a Writers Guild of America Award nomination.
       Born in Syosset, New York, Apatow aspired to become a professional comedian at an
early age. While still in high school, he created a radio show and began interviewing comedy
personalities he admired, including Steve Allen, Howard Stern and John Candy. Inspired, he
began performing his own stand-up routines by the end of his senior year.
       Following an appearance on HBO‟s Young Comedians special, Apatow eventually
stopped performing in favour of writing, and went on to co-create and executive-produce “The
Ben Stiller Show,” for which he earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual
Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program.
        Upcoming Apatow Productions include this summer‟s Pineapple Express, starring Seth
Rogen and James Franco and directed by David Gordon Green; this summer‟s Step Brothers,
starring Will Ferrell and John C Reilly and directed by Adam McKay; and 2009‟s Year One,
starring Jack Black and Michael Cera and directed by Harold Ramis.
       JACK GIARRAPUTO (Producer) is one of Hollywood‟s most successful producers.
His films have grossed nearly $2 billion worldwide, with eight of them topping well over the
$100-million mark. These films include I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Click, The
Longest Yard, 50 First Dates, Anger Management, Mr Deeds, Big Daddy and The Waterboy.
        BARRY BERNARDI (Executive Producer) most recently executive produced the films I
Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Jessica Biel;
Click, starring Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale and Christopher Walken; The Benchwarmers,
starring Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Heder; and the box-office hit The Longest Yard,
starring Sandler, Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds. He also produced Anger Management, starring
Sandler and Jack Nicholson; Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo; The Master of Disguise; and The
Animal. As executive producer, Bernardi has worked on the features The Haunted Mansion,
Double Take, Inspector Gadget, My Favourite Martian, Deep Rising, Tom and Huck, Cabin Boy,
The Adventures of Huck Finn and Devil’s Advocate. His other producer credits include
Poltergeist III and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.
       After attending the California Institute of the Arts, Bernardi began his career as a story
editor and producer‟s assistant. In 1979, he teamed with director John Carpenter to be an
associate producer on The Fog and Escape from New York. He remained with Carpenter to co-
produce Halloween II, Halloween III, Christine and Starman.
       From 1987-89, Bernardi served as senior vice president of production at New World
Pictures, where he oversaw the development, production and release of such films as Heathers,
Meet the Applegates and Warlock.
       Bernardi went on to co-found Steve White Productions. With White, he produced more
than 25 telefilms. Among their credits are “Amityville,” “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?,”
“She Said No,” “The Carolyn Warmus Story,” “She Stood Alone” and “A Mom for Christmas.”
      MICHAEL BARRETT (Director of Photography) studied painting and printmaking at
UCLA and film at Columbia University in New York. He received three ASC award
nominations during the first four seasons of the CBS series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”
and won an ASC award for the pilot episode of “CSI: Miami.”
        He recently finished shooting The Mysteries of Pittsburgh directed by Rawson Marshall
Thurber, starring Sienna Miller, Mena Suvari, Peter Sarsgaard and Nick Nolte. His other feature
films include Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang directed by Shane Black, starring Robert Downey Jr and Val
Kilmer, and the Golden Globe Best Picture nominated Bobby directed by Emilio Estevez and
starring Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Lawrence Fishburne and Elijah Wood.
        PERRY ANDELIN BLAKE (Production Designer) began his design career by
receiving a master of architecture degree from Harvard University, where he met the noted
architect Frank O Gehry. After working with Gehry as a design architect for several years, he
opened his own architectural and design office in Los Angeles. Blake soon began designing not
only homes and offices, but also sets for commercials, working on more than 100 commercials
for such clients as Coke, Pepsi and Nike.
       Blake‟s first feature film was Billy Madison, starring Adam Sandler. He went on to
design many of Sandler‟s films, including Mr Deeds, Big Daddy and The Wedding Singer -
where he met director Frank Coraci, for whom he designed Around the World in 80 Days. He
most recently worked with Happy Madison on the box-office hits I Now Pronounce You Chuck
& Larry, starring Sandler, Kevin James and Jessica Biel and Click, starring Sandler, Kate
Beckinsale and Christopher Walken. He also designed The Longest Yard, The Benchwarmers,
and Grandma‟s Boy.
       Blake‟s work also includes such eclectic design projects as the rock-and-roll stage set for
Ozzy Osbourne‟s Ozzfest and the animated holiday feature film Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy
Nights. In 2002, he made his directorial debut with the Dana Carvey feature The Master of
Disguise. Blake‟s work has been published in numerous magazines and periodicals.
       TOM COSTAIN (Editor) most recently edited HBO‟s pilot “EastBound & Down,” and
the documentary “The Last Saturday in May” about the path to the 2006 Kentucky Derby
eventually won by Barbaro. He also helped edit the Steve Carell film Get Smart. His other films
include Strange Wilderness and Grandma’s Boy and he worked as an additional editor on The
Longest Yard, starring Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds and Chris Rock. His other films include
White Chicks, 50 First Dates, Anger Management, Mr Deeds, and The Animal.
        He served as assistant editor on The Matrix, Little Nicky and Phoenix. His television
credits include “The Crossing,” “Pronto,” “Weapons of Mass Distraction” and “Gotti.”
       Costain worked as an assistant editor on Canadian feature films before moving to Los
Angeles in 1996.
        ELLEN LUTTER (Costume Designer) is Brooklyn-based and happily counts among her
credits such East Coast films as Fresh, Flirting with Disaster, Copland, Living in Oblivion,
Mississippi Masala, 28 Days, Big Daddy and House of D.
        Thanks to the miracle of jet travel and the superhuman miracle of loyal Los Angeles
bosses, Lutter has had the privilege of designing six West Coast films for Adam Sandler and
Jack Giarraputo‟s Happy Madison. These films include I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry,
Click, The Longest Yard, Anger Management, Mr Deeds, 50 First Dates and Little Nicky.
         When not working on a film, Lutter spends time side-by-side working with her husband
at their Brooklyn based hot dog store “Willie‟s Dawgs.”
        RUPERT GREGSON-WILLIAMS (Music by) has scored a wide variety of film and
television projects. Most recently, he has composed the score to Columbia‟s romantic comedy
Made of Honour. His other films include Bee Movie, Adam Sandler‟s I Now Pronounce You
Chuck & Larry and Click as well as the animated film Over the Hedge. In 2004, he collaborated
with Andrea Guerra to compose the score for the acclaimed true-life drama Hotel Rwanda, for
which the composers won the European Film Award. He more recently contributed to the scores
of the Oscar-winning animated feature Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit and
Antoine Fuqua‟s live-action epic King Arthur.
        Gregson-Williams has also created the scores for such feature films as the teen comedy
What a Girl Wants, starring Amanda Bynes and Colin Firth; the biographical comedy-drama The
Night We Called it a Day, starring Dennis Hopper and Melanie Griffith; Brad Mirman‟s crime-
comedy Crime Spree, starring Gérard Depardieu and Harvey Keitel; Nick Hurran‟s Plots With a
View, starring Brenda Blethyn and Alfred Molina; Peter Hewitt‟s Thunderpants, starring Simon
Callow; Nick Hurran‟s Virtual Sexuality; and Geneviève Joliffe‟s Urban Ghost Story. He has
also collaborated with composer Hans Zimmer on a number of animated and live-action features.
        MICHAEL DILBECK (Music Supervisor) has enjoyed a career in the music and film
industries that has spanned more than 25 years. He began as a concert promoter for superstar acts
such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Led Zeppelin; Three Dog Night; Joe Cocker; and
       Dilbeck was the record-label executive and a consultant on Footloose and Top Gun. He
was the music supervisor on Batman, Caddyshack II, Cadillac Man, Tango & Cash and Navy
SEALS. As an executive with Columbia Tri-Star Pictures, he worked on the film soundtracks of
Sleepless in Seattle, Philadelphia, My Girl, A League of Their Own, Last Action Hero, Bram
Stoker’s Dracula and Poetic Justice.
       Dilbeck currently has his own company, Dilbeck Entertainment, and his credits include I
Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Strange Wilderness, Click, Grandma‟s Boy, The
Benchwarmers, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, The Longest Yard, 50 First Dates, Anger
Management, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Bad Boys, Money Train, Bullet-proof, The
Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy, Little Nicky, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The
Master of Disguise, Joe Dirt, The Animal and Mr Deeds.
       Recording engineer/record producer BROOKS ARTHUR’s (Music Supervisor) credits
include “My Boyfriend‟s Back”; “The Locomotion”; “Chapel of Love”; “Leader of the Pack”;
Van Morrison‟s “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Astral Weeks”; Neil Diamond‟s “The Early Years”;
Art Garfunkel‟s “I Only Have Eyes for You”; and Peter Allen‟s “I Go to Rio.” Arthur
produced/engineered Janis Ian‟s Grammy-winning “Between the Lines” (“At Seventeen”); he
was the owner and recording engineer at 914 Recording Studios, the birthplace of Bruce
Springsteen‟s recording career.
       Arthur has produced the multi-platinum comedy albums of Adam Sandler (“The
Chanukah Song”) and Robin Williams‟ Grammy-winning “Reality...What a Concept.” Arthur
co-wrote, co-produced and music supervised Sandler‟s film Eight Crazy Nights and music
supervised Sandler‟s I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry and Click.

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