“I’d be lying if I said we knew right away it was going to be this hit. It’s always a crazy thing when it happens,” said Christopher McDonald, who plays Shooter McGavin – Gilmore’s nemesis – in the film. , told CNN Living Golf by Shane O’Donoghue.
The film was a moderate success in its opening weekend, ranking #2 at the US box office and grossing $8.5 million in revenue.
Now, the popularity of nostalgic-packaged replays has revived intergenerational enthusiasm for the film, which McDonald says is testament to its fine writing and timeless comedy. .
He’s not wrong. The colorful characters from “Happy Gilmore” live on through a new generation of golfers.
In a video posted by golf producer Titleist, Zalatoris shows him having a quote from the movie scene with an image that looks exactly like he is played on his ball tire wedge.
Great white shark
Just as iconic as Gilmore is Shooter McGavin, a seasoned country club professional who becomes his arch nemesis.
Known for his celebrity fanfare and egotistical ambitions, McDonald says he modeled McGavin on Greg Norman, one of his favorite golfers at the time. He told CNN: “Norman is also one of those guys who carries himself in a bad way.
While McGavin was clearly less successful than Norman in his golf endeavors, both players are also known for their second-place finishes, of which the famous Australian had 31.
‘Everyone loves and hates villains’
Getting the chance to play a comedic villain is what initially attracted McDonald to the role. “All your creativity and synapses are always active…because you can get away with murder,” he said.
Despite being cast as the bad guy, the McDonald’s character over the years has become immensely popular.
McDonald’s says that putting smiles on fans’ faces is especially rewarding during the pandemic. “If you can change one person’s day, you’ve accomplished something.”
He tries to ignite enthusiasm for the film wherever he goes, especially attracting attention at popular sporting events, where fans ask him to recreate the ceremony. McGavin’s indelible shooting memory.
“It makes the character kind of iconic, which is amazing,” he said. “Everybody loves and hates the villain.”
Ryder Cup themed sequel
Before being cast in the role, McDonald had just wrapped up the sci-fi thriller “Unfornough” with Ray Liotta.
“I was away from my very young children at the time and I was ready to go home,” he said. “But after reading the script, he doesn’t need convincing, saying he knows me” would be an idiot to refuse this. “
During an appearance on Golf Channel’s “The Dan Patrick Show” in February, they were asked about the possibility of a ‘Happy Gilmore’ sequel. “It’s going to be awesome,” Sandler told Patrick, when his co-star agreed.
Proudly honoring its Irish heritage, McDonald suggested to CNN the possibility of recreating a Ryder Cup-themed sequel at Belfry. “It’s really funny, I hope they’re writing it,” he said.
“An actor gets five great roles in his life, unless you’re Tom Cruise,” he added. “I beat a top for ‘Happy Gilmore,’ because it was such an important and rewarding experience for me.”
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