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Sandler and Barrymore blend again

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore have revealed one of the toughest parts of making their new film was playing characters who can't stand each other.

The pair, who appeared together in the 1998 film The Wedding Singer, and went on to star in 2004's 50 First Dates, have reunited again for romantic comedy Blended, about two squabbling single parents who end up sharing a suite at a luxury African safari resort with their families.

Speaking in Berlin, where the film premiered, Adam said of their characters' disastrous blind date: "It was hard not to have a good time together. Me and Drew have known each other for years, but the script called for us to not enjoy each other's company."

Drew - who gave birth to a second daughter, Frankie, last month - added: "That was hard for me. In all seriousness, I was like, 'No one's going to buy that I don't like [Adam], I'm going to be a bad actress, this is awful.'"

The 39-year-old also admitted it was difficult to be away from her new baby. Frankie and her older sister Olive were being looked after in the US by Drew's husband, art consultant Will Kopelman, during her stay in Germany.

"We really didn't plan it this way, but my baby is healthy and happy, which puts my mind at ease because everything is so good," she said.

"I'm just going to take a couple of days to talk about this wonderful movie that is all about family, and being a good parent and loving your kids as we all do, and then I'll be right back with her.

"It's hard to be apart from her, but it's so brief."

Adam, 47, said a lot had changed since the pair first worked together on The Wedding Singer.

"We were young, we didn't need any sleep. We hung out, we had the best time, shooting in the daytime, hanging out at night," he said.

"I didn't know movies came out overseas back then. I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, I just thought American movies came out in America... When they were like, 'You've got to go to Germany', I was like, 'Are you kidding me? And you're paying for that flight?'."

:: Blended is released in the UK on Friday, May 23.

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