Two months after a craft services driver on The Ridiculous Six was critically injured in a traffic accident, the Netflix comedy is now in a cultural storm. About a dozen Native American actors walked off the New Mexico set of the Adam Sandler pic on Wednesday over depictions in the script. They are saying that the Western was insulting to “native women and elders and grossly misrepresented Apache culture,” according to reports. However, Netflix says today that is part of what Ridiculous Six is supposed to be about.
“The movie has ‘ridiculous’ in the title for a reason –because it is ridiculous,” said a spokesperson for the streaming service Thursday. “It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of — but in on — the joke.” Sources say that despite the exiting of the Native American actors, there was no interruption in filming on the feature. Nick Nolte, Terry Crews, Steve Buscemi, Will Forte, Luke Wilson and Whitney Cummings are among the co-stars in the pic.
Originally at Sony and then Paramount, Ridiculous Six shifted over to Netflix in February as part of the four-picture deal Sandler struck with the company back in October. Ridiculous Six is produced by Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions and written by the actor and Tim Herlihy. Blended and The Wedding Singer director Frank Coraci is helming the project. No debut date for Ridiculous Six has been set.