Carey Mulligan ‘Watched All’ of Adam Sandler’s Movies Before Working with Him on “Spaceman”

The 'Maestro' actress and the 'Uncut Gems' actor play a married couple in the Netflix sci-fi drama, streaming March 1

<p>Halil Sagirkaya/Anadolu via Getty</p> Carey Mulligan and Adam Sandler

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Carey Mulligan and Adam Sandler

Carey Mulligan is a true Adam Sandler buff.

“I am such an enormous fan,” the Maestro actress, who costars with the Saturday Night Live alum in the upcoming drama Spaceman, said in an interview with Netflix. “In fact, before we shot, I watched all of his movies.”

That’s an incredible feat, considering Sandler has made more than four dozen films, including comedies like Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer and more dramatic fare like Punch-Drunk Love.

But Mulligan’s admiration of Sandler was from afar: Prior to making Spaceman, their paths hadn’t crossed.

<p>Courtesy of Netflix</p> Carey Mulligan and Adam Sandler in 'Spaceman'

Courtesy of Netflix

Carey Mulligan and Adam Sandler in 'Spaceman'

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“I’d never met him. I didn’t meet him until I got to Prague to shoot the film,” she continued. “Everyone said he was the best, but he really was. I loved every day I got to spend with him as well as every day I got to act with him.”

In the film, Sandler plays Jakub Prochazka, an astronaut on a solo mission to Jupiter. He longs for his pregnant wife Lenka (Mulligan), who’s back on Earth millions of miles away. Disillusioned that her husband keeps choosing lengthy missions over life at home, Lenka decides to leave him.

<p>Universal/Kobal/Shutterstock </p> Adam Sandler in 'Happy Gilmore'


Adam Sandler in 'Happy Gilmore'

“There’s that cliche of the wife who stays at home and is miserable and complains about her husband going off to do something huge, and I felt like this role was such an interesting take on that because she has real agency,” continued Mulligan.

“She makes a decision that she’s going to leave and do this alone. I thought there was real power in her deciding that she’s not going to just wallow in the fact that he’s not there,” she said.

“She’s not isolating herself really. She’s just isolating herself from him, and it’s what she needs in that moment to survive it,” said Mulligan.

While Jakub feels Lenka slipping away, he’s visited by a Hanus, a spider-like alien (voiced by Paul Dano) who makes his way into the spacecraft. Though the astronaut is initially fearful of the alien, the two begin to communicate and develop a rapport.

<p>Myles Aronowitz/Columbia/Kobal/Shutterstock </p> Adam Sandler in 'Big Daddy'

Myles Aronowitz/Columbia/Kobal/Shutterstock

Adam Sandler in 'Big Daddy'

Hanus even helps the “skinny human” (as he calls Jakub) do some soul-searching about what really matters.

“There was something really beautiful about this idea of having to explain your humanity to a creature that isn’t human. We are all very different people on this earth and we misunderstand each other a lot, but in the end, we have core experiences and emotions,” Jaroslav Kalfar, who wrote the book on which Spaceman is based, told Netflix.

Spaceman, which costars Kunal Nayyar, Lena Olin and Isabella Rosselini, streams on Netflix Friday, March 1.

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