Padding already a suspect Hollywood resume that includes several unmemorable starring roles and an occasional TV cameo, Shaquille O’Neal says he actually has several scenes in the new Adam Sandler movie “Grown Ups 2,” where the former Lakers star plays the balding Officer Fluzoo.
“He gave me a pretty nice-sized role,” O’Neal said today of the film that comes out Friday.
“You think a 5-foot-11 buffoon like me would only give him one scene,” added Sandler. “I can’t do that to him. He’s good for at least 20 to 25 big laughs. I just threw him a lob and he slammed them every time. And he made all his free throws.”
O’Neal said it was hardly a stretch for him to play a police officer, a career that he’s been talking about wanting to morph into since his days with the Lakers.
“I’m undercover in real life — don’t write that or you’ll blow my cover,” he said. “Adam let me do my own thing, do my own stunts. It’s going to be a great movie. It’s great for the whole family. You’ve got five of the greatest comedians in it, and a wanna be comedian with me.”
Sandler said everyone “in the sporting world would have to give it up to Shaq has having the biggest presence. He brings a smile quicker than any other human. It reminds me how (the late comedian Chris) Farley would be when he walked into a room. Shaq is the same way. The most lovable guy you’d ever seen.”
Sandler added that he had such a good time with O’Neal that he’s going to write him into his next movie, one that will involve the two of them working at a sporting good store, with Drew Barrymore as the lead actress.
What’s it called?
“I don’t know yet, I still have to write it,” said Sandler.
(Kinda looks like it’s going to be called “Blended,” with a release of Memorial Day, 2014).
Sidetracked by the usual pandering questions about how Dwight Howard will do in Houston, how Kobe Bryant will do with the Lakers next season and how the Brooklyn Nets will do with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, the only somewhat printable answer came from Sandler, an occasional Staples Center court-side seat guest of Jack Nicholson’s, about the Lakers’ future and if it appears they have bottomed out:
“Maybe if this team looks like there’ll be a few years of sadness, maybe the people will just turn the heat off in their pools. Then, when they get some new teammates for Kobe, maybe heat it back up to 84, 87 degrees. Just don’t shock your body.”