Adam Sandler may be one of the quietest geniuses in show business today. He capitalized on his popularity early on in his career by making movies that appeared stupid and meaningless but for some reason made crowds laugh out loud. But he wasn’t just a comedian who had a popular shtick that worked once in a while.
He also was a smart business man who started his own production company called “Happy Madison Productions.” The name comes from his first two movies, “Happy Gilmore” and “Billy Madison” which were both incredibly successful while also being monumentally childish.
What wasn’t childish however, was the idea that he didn’t want to simply be the paid talent who gets a check and goes on his way. He wanted to be the one pulling the strings, making the residuals and keeping the royalties. Sandler has been the catalyst behind his own popularity and his own fortune. He has risen to the point where stars like Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore and Dustin Hoffman are all eager to star in his movies, even the ones that are really, really bad.