Rob Schneider Talks Directing His New Movie, Being a Dad and Making It in Hollywood

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Rob Schneider wrote, directed and stars in the new drama "The Chosen One." Credit: Bryan Bedder, Getty Images


Part of the "Saturday Night Live" posse that included Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, David Spade and Chris Farley, actor Rob Schnieder has tickled our funny bones for years.

Besides appearing in nearly every Sandler flick, he also starred in the unforgettable "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo." The 47-year-old comic has a 21-year-old daughter, Elle, with his second ex-wife and is currently engaged and set to walk down the aisle next year.

He recently spoke to ParentDish about what he's been up to, his pal Sandler and the delicacies his Filipino mom cooked when he was growing up.

ParentDish: So, why are we speaking today?
Rob Schneider: I have a movie out. It's a drama called "The Chosen One." It's a nice one that I directed and Steve Buscemi is in it.

PD: How did you get to direct it?
RS
: I wrote it!

PD: Did you feel like a big shot directing?
RS:
Everybody knows I don't know what the heck I'm doing, but people were very nice to me. I didn't call "action." I had the first assistant director do that. I didn't want people to think I was a pompous ass.

PD: Is it the greatest thing being friends with Adam Sandler? He seems to put all his pals in his movies.
RS:
Yeah! He's been making fun of me for over three decades now and I still enjoy it. He's a great guy. We have fun together and there's a real trust. He's one of my best friends. He's like that gum in Willy Wonka, that gum that never loses flavor.

PD: I imagine making "Grown Ups" was a blast.
RS:
Yeah, except all those guys have young kids so they went to bed at 8 and I had nothing to do.

PD: You've got a daughter that's grown up.
RS:
Yeah, I got a grown up kid. She just graduated first in her class in rehab.

PD: You must be proud.
RS:
Very proud.

PD: Do you vet the guys she dates?
RS:
No, I'm always, "please, take her off my hands."

PD: What was your favorite "Saturday Night Live" character to play?
RS:
Probably the copy machine guy because it made me famous. Everyone knew somebody who was kind of like that and the next thing you know, people were doing it all over the country. It was one of those weird things that worked. You go from nobody to somebody overnight. If you become successful on "Saturday Night Live," you're in show business. I never felt like I was in show business before that.

PD: You were doing standup?
RS:
Yup.

PD: So you felt like a loser?
RS:
No! I was a standup! But I wasn't really getting acting jobs or films and that's what you really aim for.

PD: I love "Deuce Bigalow."
RS:
Thanks. I just thought it would be funny to have a kind of loser guy in the house of a gigolo and he has to go out on these dates.

PD: Are you dating?
RS:
I'm getting married next year. I'd like to have more kids. I think I'll be better this time around. I feel like I missed a lot.

PD: I heard you talking on Howard Stern on how much you liked Israel while filming "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" there.
RS:
It's a much younger country. There's a lot of young people there. There's anti-Semitism in Europe, so good-looking Jews end up where it's safe for them -- in Tel Aviv. The beaches were just packed with these incredibly gorgeous exotic looking half Israeli, half French girls, incredible women from eastern Europe. It was like a never-ending Sports Illustrated swimsuit special.

PD: Your mom is Filipino. Did you grow up with Filipino food?
RS:
Of course I did! What else was she going to cook? She cooked chicken adobo, which is almost like a Spanish chicken dish, and balut, which would make you throw up. It's an almost hatched chicken. It's got feathers and it's crunchy. It's like a little chicken inside that's almost ready to be hatched and you're like, "Heh, heh, not so fast."

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