Watch Adam Sandler celebrate Happy Gilmore anniversary by taunting Shooter McGavin
The anniversary is right!
Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of Happy Gilmore, one of Adam Sandler's earliest breakout hits. And the Sandman celebrated by returning to the links — and taunting his pompous rival from the film, Shooter McGavin (Christoper McDonald).
"It's been 25 years since I've done this, let's see what happens," Sandler said in a video posted to social media, in which he recorded himself showing off Happy's patented home-run swing. "Shooter MacGavin, this is for you." After launching a ball off screen, he updated viewers: "I'm not lying to you, that is smashed. Smashed. That went pretty well. You're dead, Shooter."
And of course, McDonald shot back, appearing as Shooter in his own Twitter video to prove his golf prowess.
"Nice drive, Gilmore! Twenty-five years, huh? Let's see if it's Shooter's tour. Check it out. Oh, yeah. It's all about the short game," he said, before putting the ball into a glass cup on the floor.
"Money!" he said. "Shooter's still got it!"
McDonald continued: "Thank you to all the fans and thank you to you, Adam Sandler, and why don't you just meet me at the ninth green at 9, Gilmore? Oh and Gilmore, wear something nice."
McDonald also replied to Ben Stiller, who played the vicious orderly running the nursing home in the movie.
"That's a beautiful swing Mr. Gilmore," Stiller wrote on Twitter, in response to Sandler's video. "Congrats on your anniversary, and being such a loving grandson. So happy to be a small part of taking good care of her during her 'golden years.'"
"Loving grandson? That deadbeat Gilmore didn't even have a job and couldn't even house the person who helped raise him," McDonald tweeted back, as Shooter. "I treated Grandma way better than Happy ever did. Even offered Grandma a maid position. People forget that."
Starring Sandler, McDonald, Julie Bowen, Carl Weathers, and Bob Barker in a very not wrong cameo, Happy Gilmore was a commercial hit, paving the way for the actor's run as a sports movie hall of famer. Sandler subsequently led The Water Boy, The Longest Yard, and Uncut Gems, and he has Netflix's Hustle up next.