Adam Sandler Talks All Things ‘Leo’

Adam Sandler co-wrote, produced, and stars in Leo. The animated musical comedy is officially streaming on Netflix.


Jaded 74-year-old lizard Leo (Adam Sandler) has been stuck in the same Florida classroom for decades with his terrarium-mate turtle (Bill Burr). When he learns he only has one year left to live, he plans to escape to experience life on the outside but instead gets caught up in the problems of his anxious students — including an impossibly mean substitute teacher. It ends up being the strangest but most rewarding bucket list ever…

“There isn’t a kid in that movie I don’t relate to in a certain way, just topics, things that go on at home, fear at school, fear of other kids liking me, thinking I’m not smart, all that stuff connects with me,” the actor expressed. “The little girl who was going through the parents being divorced and having a hard time, all that stuff, I’ve been around that. So everybody’s story means something to me.”

Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Netflix

We had a wonderful discussion about why each one of the kids’ stories means something to him, the moment when Leo finally realizes that he is necessary as the class pet, and more.

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