What do you
get when you put Adam Sandler and Jon Stewart together? "A lot
of sexual tension. I think that's clear," Stewart jokes.
you get the movie Big Daddy (opening June 25), in which
Sandler plays a major slacker who adopts a young boy to win back
his ex-girlfriend. Stewart plays his super-successful friend who
is getting ready to settle down with his girlfriend, a Hooters
waitress-turned-doctor, played by Leslie Mann.
plays the straight man in Big Daddy ÷ and since he let
Adam steal the big laughs in the movie, Stewart goes for some
yucks when you ask him a serious question like, "What makes Adam
Sandler so funny?" He says, deadpan, "I'll be honest. Ever look
him in the eyes? It's hypnotizing. It's very much in the almost
girlishness of his walk, I think. He has a certain step that many
would call pansy-ish. No, seriously. He's just funny and he doesn't
try and doesn't contrive it."
As for being
the Big Daddy of The Daily Show, Stewart especially
loves the terror of finding a good news story. "That's the best.
When you're stuck and there's nothing. And you're looking around
in the paper and it's like, 'Hey, look! There was a riot over
dirty underwear in North Carolina,' and you go, 'Yeah, that's
great.' But when it's 3:00 and something's coming over the wire
and it's Fabio hit in the face with a goose, then you feel like
you're doing something." That said, he does miss the days of the
easy dig. "I look back at the Monica Lewinsky days with great
nostalgic flavor, like old people look back to the nickel movie,"