Burt Reynolds feels partly responsible for a crippling injury to ADAM
SANDLER's body double in new football movie THE LONGEST YARD - because he told
sports tough guy BILL ROMANOWSKI to go after the stand-ins rather than hurt the
Reynolds, who starred in the original The Longest Yard in 1974, was more
than a little shocked when the retired OAKLAND RAIDERS hardman told him he was
planning to "take a piece of Sandler" home to his wife, and jokingly urged him
to go after
the funnyman's body doubles first.
He says, "I explained to him, 'Well, Bill, he has three body doubles. When
Adam goes back to pass and you get near him, he'll scream and they'll yell,
Cut, and put the double in. What you do is hurt the doubles until they take
them off the
"I'm doing all this tongue in cheek, and what happens? An hour later
they're carrying off Adam's double on a stretcher. Three cracked ribs."