Adam Sandler is creating the first of four films for Netflix with The Ridiculous Six. Earlier in the year there was some on-set controversy over the comedy where a few of the Native American actors walked off the film’s set because of some offensive jokes. Sandler has made comments that once people have a chance to see the film they will realize that his intent was not to offend anyone.
He spoke to the Associated Press this weekend at the premiere of his latest comedy, Pixels, about The Ridiculous Six, saying, “It was just a misunderstanding and once the movie is out will be cleared up.” He also told ScreenCrush that The Ridiculous Six is a satire of such movies as The Magnificent Seven. He went on to say:
“I talked to some of the actors on the set who were there and let them know that the intention of the movie is 100 percent to just make a funny movie. It’s really about American Indians being good to my character and about their family and just being good people,” he explained. “There’s no mocking of American Indians at all in the movie. It’s a pro-Indian movie. So hopefully when people see it — whoever was offended on set and walked out, I hope they realize that, and that’s it. It was kinda taken out of context.”
In April, when the actors walked off set, they did so because they objected to things like the names of the Native American characters and other content in the story that they found offensive.
Netflix was quick to issue a statement at that time, pointing out that, “The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous. It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of — but in on — the joke.”
For better or for worse, The Ridiculous Six will hit Netflix Streaming on December 11.