Reflecting on the song’s 25th anniversary on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday, Sandler said he’s ready to pass the menorah, so to speak.
“That’s a long time for one song,” he said. “If there are any other Jewish people out there who want to write a new one, that’d be great. I’d love to share the Hanukkah spirit with you.”
When DeGeneres suggested Sandler update the song for a new generation, however, the actor-comedian shrugged off the idea.
“I could, [but] I’m running out of juice,” he quipped.
Sandler credited his wife, Jackie, with convincing him that he was right for the part of Howard Ratner, a New York jeweler who makes a massive, high-stakes bet in hopes of covering a lifetime of gambling debts.
“I was scared to do it, and then I asked Jackie,” he said of the film, which required him to appear nude. “She gives me strength and courage to jump into this stuff. Right when she says I have to do it, I’m in there.”