“Like, one of his favorite filmmakers is (David) Cronenberg, and that makes sense, because he’s from Toronto. But he watches a lot of movies,” the director said, adding that Abel even offered some input when it came to writing the script for the Adam Sandler vehicle.
And Benny Safdie confirmed that The Weeknd really did get in a fist fight with Adam for the movie. “He did that with Adam, the two of them, no doubles, both of them rolling around on the ground,” the director shared. “Everybody wanted to get into it, really get down and dirty with us. It was heavily choreographed, but still, none of that stuff is easy.”
In other words, fans can expect to see The Weeknd give his all when The Idol eventually premieres.