Sandler 'willing to help gay rights groups'

Actor Adam Sandler said he’s ready to work alongside gay-rights groups after starring in the 2007 film 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'.

Actor Adam Sandler said he’s ready to work alongside gay-rights groups after starring in the 2007 film 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'.

Sandler, who is in Mexico with co-star Kevin James to promote the film’s opening there, said he hopes Chuck and Larry sends a message of tolerance and acceptance toward gays.

At a news conference, Sandler said he would “absolutely” like to be more active in the gay-rights community.

“If I can help anybody in any way, I certainly would,” he said. But the 41-year-old comedian stopped short of calling himself a potential gay icon.

“I don’t think that’s gonna happen, dude, certainly not,” Sandler said. “If I was a gay man, I wouldn’t want me to represent.”

The film, scheduled to be released on DVD in the US in November, tells the story of two straight Brooklyn firefighters who pretend to be gay domestic partners for pension benefits.

The movie raked in about 35 million dollars (£17 million) in US box-office sales during its opening weekend despite weak reviews and some complaints of homophobia.

“Of course, we didn’t want to offend anybody or hurt anybody,” James said at the news conference. “If we can help people too along the way, that would be great.”

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