Sole Man

Five things you need to know about… Adam San­dler’s shape- shift­ing com­edy drama

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

I t Started With A Say­ing

1 Ev­ery­thing from books to boardgames have in­spired Hol­ly­wood movies, but writer/ direc­tor Thomas McCarthy’s start­ing point for The Cob­bler was an old adage. “I was won­der­ing the ori­gins of the ex­pres­sion ‘ not re­ally know­ing a man un­til you walk a mile in his shoes’, and then I started think­ing about it as an idea and how sim­ple it was and that I’d never seen it on screen be­fore,” McCarthy tells Red Alert. “Also, I ac­tu­ally lived above a cob­bler at the time, so a cou­ple of events were the seed of the idea for this film.”

Adam San­dler Plays I t Straight

2 San­dler stars as Max, a fourth gen­er­a­tion Jewish cob­bler who dis­cov­ers a mag­i­cal sewing ma­chine that al­lows him to take on a per­son’s ap­pear­ance while wear­ing their shoes. But with McCarthy at the helm don’t ex­pect to see San­dler’s usual slap- shtick. “I think be­cause of Adam’s ca­sual na­ture in a lot of his movies, which is a per­sona, peo­ple don’t re­alise how hard he works and how se­ri­ously he takes things,” McCarthy says. “He im­me­di­ately found a cob­bler in LA and would send me video clips of him­self sand­ing a leg or us­ing a sewing ma­chine. He got pretty good at it.”

It’s a Su­per­hero Story. Sort of

3 Nat­u­rally, Max’s mun­dane ex­is­tence is turned up­side down by his new power. “We were al­ways try­ing to see it through the lens of: ‘ What would this guy do?’” McCarthy ex­plains. “He would prob­a­bly try and meet a beau­ti­ful lady for a meal. Maybe he would go for a spin in a guy’s car. Max has had a straight­for­ward life and sud­denly he has the op­por­tu­nity to step out of it. We didn’t know what this movie was when we started out. As we got closer to the end a fa­ble- like qual­ity was emerg­ing and we re­alised Max was a neigh­bour­hood su­per­hero of sorts.”

Top Of The Hoffs

4 The film has a strong sup­port­ing cast, in­clud­ing rap­per- turned- ac­tor Method Man, ris­ing star Dan Stevens and Hol­ly­wood leg­end Dustin Hoffman, who plays Max’s mys­te­ri­ously ab­sent fa­ther. “Dustin plays a guy who did ex­actly what Max does – dis­cover this sewing ma­chine, abuse it, get in over his head and ar­rive at a place where the best thing for him to do is dis­ap­pear,” McCarthy says. “It felt like we were do­ing black box theatre, we had all th­ese won­der­ful ac­tors from dif­fer­ent back­grounds.”

A Di rec­tor Of Ice And Fi re

5 McCarthy di­rected the un­aired pi­lot for Game Of Thrones and is partly to thank for cast­ing Peter Din­klage af­ter the pair worked to­gether on The Sta­tion Agent. “Pete was our first choice,” McCarthy says. “[ David Be­nioff and DB Weiss] ap­proached him and asked if I would talk to him. It seems like a no- brainer now, but at the time I think Pete was look­ing at it and wasn’t sure – and ob­vi­ously he made the right choice. It was pretty ob­vi­ous early on, even from the pi­lot, that he was the per­fect fit.”

The Cob­bler is re­leased on Fri­day 22 May.

Dustin Hoffman plays the fa­ther who has

a long- kept se­cret. Adam San­dler’s think­ing, “They might be un­com­fort­able but I’ll look stunning!” sci- fact! Thomas McCarthy co- wrote Pixar’s Up and was Os­carnom­i­nated for his ef­forts.

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