‘Uncut Gems’ Stars Adam Sandler and Kevin Garnett on Working With the ‘Deep, Fresh’ Safdie Brothers | Video

“How is it the fact that it’s set in 2012, and Kevin Garnett looks exactly the same?” Sandler says

Kevin Garnett has been to jewelry stores like the ones Adam Sandler runs in “Uncut Gems,” and he’s been witness to some of the more chaotic and strange circumstances that take place there as seen in the film from Josh and Ben Safdie.

It explains how Garnett managed such a head-turning performance in “Uncut Gems” despite little acting experience. It also helps that he still looks as good as he did in his prime.

“How is it the fact that it’s set in 2012, and Kevin Garnett looks exactly the same? You did all right there, KG,” Sandler joked to Garnett when TheWrap’s Steve Pond spoke to the cast and crew at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“It’s amazing what happens when you shave the beard off,” Garnett responded.

“Uncut Gems” stars Sandler as a charming but always manic jewelry store salesman in New York who hopes to pay off his many debts and gambling woes with the aid of an expensive rock loaded with diamonds that comes into his possession. But in addition to an eclectic cast that includes Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel and Julia Fox, it also stars The Weeknd and Garnett playing slightly fictionalized versions of themselves.

Sandler said he resonated very closely with the script and jumped at the chance to work with the Safdie Brothers after the strength of their previous films “Heaven Knows What” and “Good Time.” “I couldn’t believe what I saw. Every one of them, the soul of their movies was deep, fresh, and it feels like it means a lot to them, the stories they tell,” Sandler said. “Just getting to be this Howard, who in their eyes was almost a superhero.”

Check out TheWrap’s interview with the cast and directors of “Uncut Gems” above.

Brian Welk

Brian Welk

Film Reporter • brian.welk@thewrap.com • Twitter: @brianwelk

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