Adam Sandler wants to set the record straight about his Netflix comedy “The Ridiculous 6,” which saw several Native American actors storm off the set earlier this year.
“It was just a misunderstanding and once the movie is out, it will be cleared up,” Sandler told The Associated Press Saturday at the premiere of his new movie “Pixels.”
“Ridiculous 6” spoofs Westerns and takes its name from the classic “The Magnificent Seven.” But not everyone is laughing.
As TheWrap previously reported, about a dozen actors and the film’s cultural adviser walked off the New Mexico set in April citing offensive portrayals of Native American women and elders.
The actors cited such examples as characters named “Beaver’s Breath” and “No Bra,” along with a scene involving a woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe.
When the controversy unfolded, Netflix said it was standing by the project and the humor in the film.
“The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous,” the streaming giant said in a statement in April. “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.”
“The Ridiculous 6” features an all-star cast including Taylor Lautner, Terry Crews, Danny Trejo, Rob Schneider, Nick Nolte and Luke Wilson. The film is co-written by Sandler and produced by his Happy Madison production company. It is set to premiere Dec. 11 on Netflix.