The cast of Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg‘s I Hate You, Dad is coming together, piece by piece. And it’s a pretty strange assortment of actors (and probably Vanilla Ice). With the news today that Leighton Meester and Vanilla Ice are close to signing on, they round out the aforementioned Adam and Andy, as well as so-tough-he’s-funny James Caan, who it was announced yesterday was in discussions to play the father of Meester’s character. He’s played against type so many times he’s pretty much created another pigeonhole for himself. I shall call this phenomenon “The Wahlberg Principle.”
Synthesizing these components into a cohesive approach to this film is a bit of a fool’s errand, though this spreadshot casting technique is not uncommon to Sandler films such as Little Nicky, which featured Harvey Keitel, Rodney Dangerfield, Tiny Lister, Reese Witherspoon, and Quentin Tarantino. When I’m comparing any film to Little Nicky, that should raise red flags all over the place.
Make of these casting choices what you will. And when you get done making something of them, imagine how much fun it must have been for the producers to negotiate with Vanilla Ice.
“You will work on the film for three weeks and you will make $400 and get limited access to the craft services table.”
“I accept your terms.”(Variety)