Verne Lundquist shares funny, behind-the-scenes 'Happy Gilmore' stories

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During a recent "Just Not Sports" podcast, Verne Lundquist shared some hilarious stories about the filming of "Happy Gilmore."
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Friday, August 19, 2016 | 11:36 a.m.

Earlier this week as part of the 20-year anniversary of the movie Tin Cup's release, we also compiled a list, ranking the top-5 best golf movies of all time.

It's no surprise that Happy Gilmore was on the list.

After the story was published, we were contacted by our friend Brad Burke from the "Just Not Sports" podcast, who shared a couple of fantastic behind-the-scenes stories that longtime CBS and Turner commentator Verne Lundquist revealed on the podcast recently (You can listen to the podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud).

Most notably, was the shocking admission that Lundquist never saw the full script for Happy Gilmore and had no idea what the movie was about exactly until he saw it at the premiere.

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"I saw only (the script for) my scenes, so I didn’t know the first half of the movie. So when I saw it I was somewhat shocked," Lundquist said. "They flew Nancy and me from Colorado out to the Universal lot for the premiere... We went in, sat down, and that's the first time I'd seen the whole thing. And I thought, holy cow, this is some kind of vile movie."

"People I think took it for what it was. And it was an early career Adam Sandler movie, and it still gets shown on cable every night."

Lundquist said he caught some grief from Pat Haden, his broadcast partner at the time, for being in the movie.

"I was at a preseason game with Pat Haden, and he remains one of my dearest friends," Lundquist said. "And Pat and I were doing the Giants and somebody, and we were down on the field. We were walking off toward the north end zone, and he said, 'By the way, I just gotta tell you something. I am so embarrassed for you. I took my daughter to see this silly movie you were in.' And he was giving me every bit of phony indignation he could. He said, 'Are you at all embarrassed about being seen in a movie like that? You should be.' And I said, 'Oh, come on, come on, come on.' So we get to the end zone, and there three teenage girls right above that wind tunnel at the north end of the old Giants Stadium. And as Pat and I were about to walk into the tunnel, one of the girls looks at me and she said, 'Hey Verne, Happy Gilmore!' And I said, 'Pat, I rest my case.'"

Also funny was the story behind Lundquist's broadcast partner in the movie, producer Jack Giarraputo.

Giarraputo is a longtime friend of Sandler.

"Right before we got started, (the director) looked at this tall, good-looking guy named Jack Giarraputo," Lundquist told Just Not Sports. "And he said, 'Jack let's have a little fun.' This was like a week before they wrapped shooting. He said, 'I want you to go back to wardrobe... get a coat and tie, get some make-up on, and then you sit next to Verne. And you just react to what he's saying, but you can't say a word because you're not a member of the Screen Actor's Guild.' So the guy sitting next to me in I think it's almost every scene was Adam Sandler's roommate at New York University. And it was just an inside joke."

 

 

 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.