Christopher McDonald Reveals His Favorite ‘Happy Gilmore’ Line And The Only Other Actor Who Could Play Shooter McGavin

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The act of imagining another actor play the role of Shooter McGavin is on par with conceiving a world where up is down, Joe Rogan is a vegan, and Gilmore lands on an NHL roster despite having no brakes.

In the 25 years since Happy Gilmore hit theaters, Christopher McDonald’s Shooter McGavin remains arguably the most convincing comedy villain of all-time and if you don’t agree you can head to the 9th green at 9 in your most formal attire.

McDonald, who very much still has it, made it clear on our Endless Hustle podcast that he bullish for a sequel, despite Sandler being coy while filming Grown Ups 18.

The 66-year-old McDonald also revealed some behind-the-scene golden nuggets I think you’ll enjoy.

On happy accidents:

“Little accidents would happen. Like when I was trying to putt—‘Go back to your shanties people. This is golf, not a rock concert!’ And then the beach ball came out and I had the putter in my hand and I just went at it. And I hooked it and popped it, and then I had to get the damn thing off [swinging ferociously]. That was just kismet. And then I get it off my club and make the putt and the guns are coming out. Choke on that!”

On his favorite line of the movie:

“It was the first line practically I did in the movie. It’s the sequence where I’m at Grandma’s house and I’m bidding on the house and [Sandler] goes, ‘What the hell are you doing?‘ and I go, ‘Well I do dabble in real estate.’

It goes all the way to, ‘You’re going to beat me at golf? Watch out pal I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast.’ And then he goes, ‘You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?‘ And I just turned to him, ad-libbed, and went ‘NO!‘ and they left that in the movie.”

On which one actor could muster up comparable magic playing Shooter:

“I’m going to go with Bryan Cranston. Cranston’s got funny. He’s got funny. He’s got skills. He’s got the twinkle in his eye. He’s got that funny little gene which is good. I think Bryan would have been really good too.”

Ok, I can see it.

Check out our entire hilarious interview with Christopher McDonald below. We discuss:

  • The 25th anniversary of Happy Gilmore
  • The impetus of his character
  • The cultural impact of the film
  • Why Sandler is dragging his feet on a sequel
  • Bills Mafia, and more!