Costar Exposes Adam Sandler's Pickup Technique

Costar Exposes Adam Sandler's Pickup Technique
Leslie Mann and Adam Sandler
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07/24/2009 AT 07:15 AM EDT

He's a Saturday Night Live legend and one of the most successful movie comedians of his generation. But back in his single days, did Adam Sandler have much game?

According to Leslie Mann, who plays his love interest in the new comedy Funny People, the answer is a resounding no.

"I actually met Adam before I met Judd," says Mann, 37, referring to her husband Judd Apatow, who wrote and directed Funny People. Apatow is also the comic force behind Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin – and the couple's daughters, Maude, 11, and Iris, 6, play Mann's children in Funny People, which opens July 31.

Of Sandler, Mann says, "He hit on me in a nightclub. He sent over a note on a napkin written in ketchup, like 'nice back' or something like that." But that's not even the worst part.

"His friend brought it over and said, 'Hey, want to come over and say 'hi' to my friend?' I was like, 'Why should I get up and go to his table? Why doesn't he come to my table?' " she recalls. "It was like a standoff and neither one of us [would back down]. We didn't talk to each other."

A couple of months after the ketchup incident, Mann started dating Apatow. And whom should the couple run into a birthday party just a few months into their relationship?

"Ketchup Man," says Mann, who would go on to star with Sandler, 42, in 1999's Big Daddy. "It was awkward between Adam and [me] that night."

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