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Adam Sandler rose to fame on “Saturday NightLive” and in films such as “Billy Madison,” “Big Daddy” and “Grown Ups.” Now he’s generating awards buzz for his serious portrayal of a basketball scout in his new film, “Hustle.” But awards weren’t the goal when he moved to Los Angeles to work in entertainment, he tells Tracy Smith in an interview for CBS SUNDAY MORNING, to be broadcast Sunday, Nov. 13 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network and streaming on Paramount+.

“I didn’t come out to California when I was young to get Oscars,” Sandler says. “I’m not expecting it. I don’t sit and watch my performance and go, ‘I’m riveting, man. How the hell did I do that?’ I’m just proud of it. And if any of that stuff happens, that would be great. If it doesn’t happen, still, everything’s been pretty damn good.”

In the Netflix film, “Hustle,” Sandler’s character roams the world looking for the next great professional basketball player. He finds one in in Spain, though getting him to the NBA turns into a brutal uphill climb. Sandler says he likes playing people who struggle.

“I relate to all different types of people,” Sandler says. “But I enjoy playing these guys who are struggling. I like that.”

“What is it about that?” Smith asks.

“I guess I admire somebody who doesn’t give up,” Sandler says.

Sandler also talks with Smith about his film, his career and his love for his wife, Jackie, whom he honors at every stage performance with a song. 

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