Adam Sandler Looks Back on "Dumb Mistakes" He Made During His Time on Saturday Night Live

It's almost hard to imagine Adam Sandler in a bad mood.
However, the actor and comedian recently revealed how his attitude used to overwhelm him — particularly as an aspiring performer on Saturday Night Live in the early '90s.
"I used to go crazy. I had a quick temper, quick reactions," Sandler told AARP Sept. 21. "I've made a lot of stupid mistakes and said a lot of stupid things. Looking back on relationships, I might be an ass... I was selfish. I competed with other comedians and stuff. My dad was always like, 'That guy's funny,' and I was like, 'Hey, I'm funny, blah, blah,' and he was like, 'Why can't you two be funny?'”
Sandler joined SNL as a writer in 1990 before joining the cast as an actor from 1991-95, creating memorable characters like Opera Man and debuting popular original music like The Chanukah Song.
Despite his success, however, Sandler explained that his ego often got in the way.
"Because I was hungry, I didn't always see clearly at the time," he said. "I wanted to be a big comedian like Eddie Murphy, like Rodney Dangerfield."
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While Sandler admitted his attitude will surface from time to time and describes himself as "still a nut," he credited the positive steps he's taken to improve his own mental health over the past few years as a means to improve.
"Well, I talk to a shrink sometimes," Sandler revealed. "He gave me a plan. Sometimes he'll just freeze a sentence, pause for a minute before saying something stupid. When I do that, I realize it wasn't that important to even say it, and I don't spend two hours making everyone around me feel gratuitously weird."
Sandler, 56, has managed to transform himself into someone who can admire another person's talents rather than feeling the need to compete.
"I'm also better at getting recognition," he said. "I now value other people's talent instead of competing with them — in any field, in any sport, in any part of showbiz."
This also applies to his old place of work.
"A lot of young comedians, a lot of the new cast of SNL, they just make me laugh now," Sandler said. "I'll watch someone and say, 'Man, they're great. I never would have thought of that joke or that approach.'"
Sandler is now on Netflix's Hustle alongside Queen Latifah and is currently filming the comedy You Are SO Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah!, which will star his wife, Jackie Sandler, and their two daughters, Sadie and Sunny.
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