Tamra Davis Recounts 'Billy Madison': The Funniest Things We've Heard All Day

“When we did ‘Billy Madison,’ we were in Canada and staying in the same hotel. We had to bond immediately to make that film. We would spend hours talking on the phone about what we were going to do the next day. The day we were going to do the dodgeball scene, I had it all worked out with stunts and balls and kids, etcetera. The night before, Adam [Sandler] calls me on the phone and says, ‘Tamra, you know, tomorrow we’re going to do this dodgeball scene. I really want to hit these kids.’ I’m like, ‘Adam, you can’t just hit these kids. They’re children.’ He said, ‘No, no, no. Line them up, and ask who would be okay getting hit. Make sure you get the parents to say yes, and I’m really going to hit them hard.’ I was like, ‘You’re crazy.’ And he’s like, ‘No, hurting kids is funny. It’s going to be really funny.’ I was like, ‘Adam!’ And that’s what he did—he really hit those kids as hard as he could. And I cut right before you see the kids just fully start crying.” – Director Tamra Davis fondly recalls the comedic genius of Adam Sandler. Davis’ latest picture, the documentary, “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child,” is in theaters now.[AV Club]