One week before Adam Sandler’s “The Ridiculous Six” officially debuted on Netflix on December 11, Adam Sandler finally talked about the Native actors who walked off his set in protest. Sandler’s remarks appear in an online video interview posted by the Washington Post that was shot at the movie’s premiere in Hollywood.
Sandler said in the video, “I certainly didn’t want anyone to be offended… Once they see the movie we are making - it is so not trying to be hurtful. We were just trying to show how great American Indians are.”
However, despite the walk-off of the film’s cultural advisor, Native American actor Loren Anthony, and other extras last Spring, Sandler insists he has Netflix’s full support.
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The film’s director, Frank Coraci, said in an interview with Variety that Netflix supported the effort of R6. “They allowed us to make a movie that might have gotten watered down if it went through a studio system.”
“Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said the only way to compete in an increasingly crowded streaming world is to create original shows and movies that subscribers can’t find anywhere else.” said Hollywood business writer Dorothy Pomerantz in Forbes.
Considering a recent article published on December 15th by The Independent said that the eye-watering criticism from critics and viewers alike are branding Sandler’s film ‘unwatchable’ and stands as “proof that Netflix Originals aren’t always a safe bet.”
Netflix may have to reconsider the risk of pumping millions of dollars into contentious original programming like “The Ridiculous 6”.
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