I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, was scheduled to open at the Ziegfeld theater in Manhattan Wednesday night. But just after 6 p.m., as a gaping crater in front of Grand Central Station spewed black vapor 50 stories high, a two-hour gay joke about married male firefighters seemed a bit inappropriate.
This special screening was intended to salute New York firefighters, but weren’t they needed at 41st Street and Lexington? It turns out, only about 50 of New York’s bravest showed up for the premiere—mostly from the Bedford-Stuyvesant stationhouse (where much of the filming took place). It’s across the East River in Brooklyn.
The film’s pretty nine-year-old actress, Shelby Adamowsky, told Radar about “the toilet scene where I got stuck … ’cause Adam Sandler left the seat up” and another shot in which stars Sandler and Kevin James (who play two firefighters that get gay-married to earn benefits) pulled a prank on her. “Before we shot the scene, they were getting the cameras ready, and Kevin put a fart machine under the toilet, and so he pressed a button. I was trying to figure out what was going on ’cause I knew it wasn’t me!”
Jessica Biel, who famously strips down to her underwear in the film, said Sandler and James make some effort to impress her but fail to go the extra mile. They’re “naturally funny people, so it’s not like they were pulling pranks on me,” she said.
Sandler wasn’t doing interviews, but asked on the red carpet if he and James had chemistry, he shouted, “Absolutely!” adding that they still do.