Timothée Chalamet and Adam Sandler Prove They’re BFFs While Playing Basketball in NYC

Timothée Chalamet and Adam Sandler made it clear their friendship is nothing but net after being spotted playing a game of basketball in New York City.

By Corinne Heller Jul 21, 2023 4:03 PMTags
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This surprising friendship is a slam dunk.

Timothée Chalamet, 27, Adam Sandler, 56, and were photographed playing a game of pick-up basketball with a group of men in an outdoor court in New York City July 20.

While the Wonka actor and comedian's casual meetup on the court may seem unexpected, the pair actually go way back. In fact, they costarred together in Chalamet's first big screen debut, 2014's Men, Women, & Children, which focused on a group of parents and teenagers struggling with a technology-obsessed world.

They've since spoken about their admiration for the other with the Dune actor lauding Sandler for his performance in Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie's Uncut Gems, going so far as to pay tribute to the film an essay for Variety.

In addition to calling the movie the brothers' film their "most full-throated, most wholehearted, most complete New York vision yet" in the 2019 praise, he added that "Adam Sandler delivers a truly spectacular performance."

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As for Sandler, last fall he joked about Chalamet's heartthrob status while accepting the Performers Tribute at the 2022 Gotham Awards.

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Pretending to speak on behalf of his teenage daughters, Sadie and Sunny, the Wedding Singer star explained, "We also wish we could be at tonight's award show with all of you sophisticated people but Daddy said, and we quote, 'I don't want to spend the whole night that's supposed to be about me and my greatness listening to you two newly pubetized buffoons screaming, 'Where is Timothée Chalamet?'"

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