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Arcade-mad Adam Sandler hopes Pixels will Pac a punch

Published 19/07/2015

Adam Sandler and his wife Jackie at the world premiere of Pixels in New York (Invision/AP)
Adam Sandler and his wife Jackie at the world premiere of Pixels in New York (Invision/AP)

Adam Sandler has revealed his love of retro arcade games at the premiere of his latest movie, in which he has to save the world from Pac-Man and Donkey Kong.

In Pixels, the comedian teams up with Game Of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage, Frozen star Josh Gad and Paul Blart: Mall Cop funnyman Kevin James to fight aliens intent on destroying the world using characters from games from the 1980s.

Speaking on the red carpet at the world premiere of the movie in New York City, Sandler said he was a force to be reckoned with when playing the arcade games he grew up with.

"I have got some skills in these games but as things progressed and we got older and new games came out, I can't say I'm good at any of that stuff," he said. I would like to be but I've got no time. But in the old days I was pretty good at that stuff."

The Wedding Singer star, 48, also served as a writer and producer on the film and said video games were a great unifier when he was growing up in Brooklyn.

"I didn't know if it was a nerdy thing to do, I played them all the time. When I grew up every kind of kid played video games, the kids smoking cigarettes at 13 that you were scared of were into it too," he said.

"The jocks, the nerdy ones, they tough kids, the goody kids, they got to be good at something, it was a huge skill for a guy that was not an athlete. It connected with us all."

Sandler is a father to two daughters aged nine and six, who are also gaming enthusiasts.

"They play them but when they play too much, Daddy grabs it and puts it away and we go back to talking," he said.

"I connected with the film because I'm older so these were the games from when I was a kid but I was pretty shocked that little kids know Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, it not like they ask, 'What it that game?', they are just like, 'Oh yeah, it's Donkey Kong'. It's pretty funny; every generation still knows these games."

Gad, best known for voicing snowman Olaf in Disney sensation Frozen, said the movie tapped into an enthusiasm to relive the past.

"Everything that is old is new again. People love that nostalgia and this movie captures that nostalgia of the 80s perfectly," he said.

Pixels is released in UK cinemas on August 12.

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