In 2011, actors Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler teamed up for the first time in the romantic comedy Just Go With It. Now the two are reuniting onscreen for this weekend’s Netflix original movie Murder Mystery, and it was specifically that reunion that most interested Jennifer Aniston. The actress confirmed as much at the film’s premiere, saying about why she signed on for the film in the first place:
Because of [Sandler], that's the only reason.
Adam Sandler is not only starring in Murder Mystery, but he is also a producer on the film. And the opportunity to work with him again is the only reason Jennifer Aniston signed on, as she told The Hollywood Reporter. That could be perceived as a slight against the script or a lack of interest in the project outside of her co-star, but I think her meaning has more to do with how highly she thinks of Sandler.
It sounds like Jennifer Aniston is basically saying that working with Adam Sandler again is why she was interested in Murder Mystery in the first place. The comedian’s involvement was the one and only reason she needed to join the film and she jumped at the opportunity to do so.
Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler are longtime friends, and his being the one thing that made her sign on speaks to the closeness of that friendship. Adam Sandler has become known for working with a lot of the same actors in his movies, and that speaks to not only how much he likes to work with his friends, but how much they like to work with him. This famously includes Drew Barrymore and now Jennifer Aniston as well.
It reflects well on Adam Sandler, but just because they are friends didn’t mean Jennifer Aniston had to star is another of his movies. So she must have really enjoyed working with Sandler on Just Go With It to be so eager to reunite for Murder Mystery.
The Friends actress confirmed that the two had fun filming in Italy, and if you’ve seen the trailer for Murder Mystery, it certainly looks like it would be a fun movie to shoot and hopefully watch. Murder Mystery follows Nick and Audrey, a married couple that goes on a long delayed European vacation. There they find themselves in a modern day whodunit, on the run after being framed for the death of an elderly billionaire.
The action comedy/mystery also stars Gemma Arterton, Luke Evans, John Kani and Terence Stamp.