June 25 -- America first got to know Adam Sandler when he appeared on Saturday Night Live, then cheered him on as — against the odds — he took on Hollywood.
But now there's a new chapter in the story: Adam Sandler, the romantic.
Sandler spoke about his new movie, Mr. Deeds, his fiancée, Jackie Titone, and his chance to work with his idol, Jack Nicholson, in an interview with Good Morning America. The following is the uncorrected, unedited transcript of the interview that aired on Good Morning America.
ABCNEWS' Diane Sawyer: So you're engaged.
Adam Sandler: Yes.
Sawyer: I guess it's just so, so wonderful.
Sandler: Thank you.
Sawyer: And a little hard to compute you're growing up.
Sandler: Trying to. Yeah, you know, I'm 35 years old. But I did it. It feels pretty good.
Sawyer: It changes things right away a little bit, doesn't it?
Sandler: Yeah. Yeah, I guess so. I mean, now, now I get a little more, you know, I can bring it up in a fight. "Hey, I got you that ring. Leave me alone," that kind of thing.
Sawyer: Did you think it through how you were going to do it, all ceremonial and everything?
Sandler: Ah, yeah. I played basketball that afternoon, trying to calm down, and then I was driving, I was saying the stuff out loud and trying to, you know, make sure I hit all of the right things so she would remember nice stuff, and I did all right.She called her grandmother right after, and her mother, and they all said, yeah, I heard the applause over the phone and stuff.
(Voice over) The lucky woman spending forever with Adam Sandler? Jackie Titone, the longtime love of one of America's favorite comedians. In his real life he is a romantic, in his new movie, Mr. Deeds, Sandler is a unique brand of romantic.
Sawyer: The foot clip.
Sandler: Oh, boy. Yeah, I came up with that disgusting display of feetetry —
Sawyer: You know, I said to myself, was this Chekhov or was this Sandler?
[Movie clip played.]
Sandler: I don't know. I don't know. Do you like that kid? All right. That's all that counts.