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2013-08-05 09:58
Dale Steyn and Adam Sandler
Los Angeles - South African cricketer Dale Steyn swapped the cricket pitch for the Hollywood limelight when he filmed a cameo role in the new Adam Sandler romantic comedy The Familymoon, previously known as Blended, reports IOL.

While recovering from injuries sustained in the ICC Champions Trophy, the fast bowler flew to Los Angekes last week to shoot a scene alongside Sandler and Drew Barrymore, with whom the Happy Gilmore actor has starred in numerous other rom-coms including 50 First Dates and The Wedding Singer.

The Familymoon is about a couple who, after a disastrous first date, get stuck together at a resort with their children from previous marriages.

Most of the movie was shot in SA at Sun City, with other scenes shot at Lake Lanier and Atlanta in the US.

The Familymoon also stars Bella Thorne, Terry Crews and Joel McHale and is set for release in May 2014.

Warm welcome for the South African

"The whole thing was amazing. Adam was great," Steyn told IOL.

"He really made me feel welcome. They all did."

Dale also shared his excitement at meeting Drew Barrymore and basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal, who also has a role in the movie.

"Shaq is huge. I come up to his shoulder."

Steyn plays himself in the movie, in which he is bowling to Barrymore's son, coached by Sandler, and hilarity ensues as cricket gets mixed up with American baseball.

"I was probably more nervous than playing in front a packed cricket ground.

"I had lines I needed to remember and was running through the lines over and over again.

"The whole process started early morning, and by the time I shot my scene it was fine. There were hundreds of people watching me do my thing though. That makes you a little nervous as well."

Dinner invite from the Hollywood star

The sports star was even invited to Sandler's home after shooting and surprised Steyn by wearing the green and gold of the Proteas team.

"He is a really nice guy, and is funny off set as well," Steyn said.

"After watching years of his movies I felt like I knew him already. He has a great family and it was a pleasure spending time with them.

"We chatted quite a bit, we spent all day just shooting that one scene, so we kind of just hung out all day. I am not sure if he had heard of me before, but we are friends now."

They also talked about Sandler's recent brush with SA's wildlife after he got too close for comfort with a cheetah. The fast bowler also recorded his trip on his Instagram profile with photographs of all the famous stars he met.

Getting ready to play again

After his acting stint, IOL asked if Steyn would do movies again, he said if it ever came again he definitely would, as it was so much fun. But for now the bowler is looking to get back into practice after his month-long break in order to be ready for the Pakistan match in October.

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