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December 25, 2023

Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi and Brendan Fraser as Rock Stars in the 1994 Movie “Airheads”

Airheads is a 1994 American comedy film directed by Michael Lehmann, written by Rich Wilkes, and starring Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi and Brendan Fraser. It tells the story of a struggling rock band who stage a hijacking of a radio station in order to get airplay for their demo recording. The film was both a critical and commercial disappointment.

According to Sandler, Airheads director Michael Lehmann was “very against” casting Fraser in the role of Chazz, the long-haired lead singer and guitarist of the Lone Rangers musical trio. “He was like, ‘I don’t get it. I don’t see the caveman being in the movie.’ And I just said, ‘He can do other shit, man,’”

Sandler said to Fraser during an interview in 2022. Fraser responded, “Are you pulling my chain right now?” Sandler revealed he went to Lehmann’s house “at like 4 in the morning, woke him up, and I said, ‘Just know Adam Sandler ain’t going to be in Airheads unless old Fraser is in it.’”

As Sandler tells it, Lehmann “changed his little tune” after the Sandman laid down the gauntlet. Fraser responded by saying Lehmann was more than cordial and enthusiastic when he flew to Chicago to meet him. However, Sandler is calling bullshit on this as well. Saying Lehmann is a “filthy liar,” telling Fraser, “He didn’t want you. I did, and the rest is pretty good. You had a good life because of me.”

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