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Adam Sandler Returns as ‘The Waterboy’ to Promote Henry Winkler’s Memoir

Adam Sandler Returns as ‘The Waterboy’ to Promote Henry Winkler’s Memoir

Adam Sandler broke out one of his classic characters to show some support for his friend Henry Winkler and his upcoming memoir. Being Henry: The Fonz . . . and Beyond is dropping Tuesday, and the SNL alum pulled out the stops to promote the new book.

Sandler reprised his The Waterboy character Bobby Boucher for a video he posted to Twitter/X. In the clip, he reads a copy of the book, crediting it to “Mr. Coach Kline,” Winkler’s character in the 1998 comedy classic. He then encourages his followers to pick up the book.

The throwback no doubt has Sandler fans reaching for their water bottles to be properly hydrated. Of course, Henry Winkler famously starred alongside Sandler in The Waterboy. This started a decades-long friendship.

Henry Winkler Considers Adam Sandler an Artist with Vision

In a recent interview on The Rich Eisen Show, Winkler praised Sandler’s work ethic and artistic conviction. While The Waterboy was directed by Frank Coraci, Sandler actively participated in the filmmaking process. He offered ideas and selected the best takes during editing.

Winkler later insisted that Sandler “is a brilliant, brilliant creator. He’s in charge of every detail. He knows what he wants. It works.” After The Waterboy, Winkler and Sandler became frequent collaborators. The Happy Days star even played Sandler’s father in 2006’s Click.

Winkler Enjoyed Playing Against His Nice Guy Image on ‘Barry’

Henry Winkler is known for being one of the nicest guys in Hollywood. He thoroughly enjoyed showcasing his versatile skills in the award-winning HBO comedy series Barry. The show concluded its fourth season this year. In the series, he portrayed Gene Cousineau, a washed-up acting coach dealing with anger management. This role allowed him to explore a more intense and raw side of his talent.

He fondly recalls a table read with his talented Barry co-stars, leaving an HBO executive astounded by his intense performance. I’m talking to Sarah Goldberg … and (in character) I’m telling her that she is the worst actress. ‘You make me vomit!’ And I hit the table. I say, ‘You are full of bulls–t!’ And the man jumped, and later told [show creator] Alec [Berg] and Bill [Hader], ‘I had no idea that was in Henry,’” Winkler recently told People. Back in 2018, his role in Barry earned Winkler his first-ever Emmy win.

Henry Winkler’s memoir Being Henry: The Fonz . . . and Beyond debuts Tuesday at bookstores everywhere.