Happy Gilmore star Christopher McDonald warns comedian not to call him Shooter McGavin

Actor Christopher McDonald – who you’d probably recognise better from his performance as Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore – ‘stormed’ off a podcast because he hates being called Shooter McGavin when he’s not in character.
OK, so it’s all a big joke, co-ordinated between McDonald and fellow comedian Michael Rapaport for his podcast, but you could easily see how it might get annoying if someone just remembered you from one role years ago and called you by the name of that character when you’ve got a perfectly good real name.

Appearing on Rapaport’s I Am Rapaport Stereo Podcast, the 68-year-old comedian and actor sat down for his interview before being called ‘Shooter McGavin’ by the host.

“Well, my name is Chris McDonald, but I’ll answer to Shooter McGavin I guess…” he said.

The host followed up: “Shooter, I am so glad to have you…”
McDonald cut in: “Micheal – really great to be here – just call me Chris, it’ll be fine.

“Or Christopher or Mr McDonald, or something.

“Because I get that every day and I’m glad you’re a fan of the movie, that makes my heart sing, but enough, OK?

“We could talk about other stuff, we’re both actors, we’ve played these parts, so lets…”

Rapaport responded: “So you’re saying I can’t call you Shooter?”

This elicited a big sigh from McDonald.
“Call me Shooter if you have to, do you know my name?”

When Rapaport seemed perplexed, he said: “Shooter McGavin? No, it’s not, it’s Chris McDonald, you d***.

“F*** you, I’m done with this.

“You’re a s***head.”

Then, he was off.

At the end, Rapaport concluded: “Well, f*** it, we won’t do the podcast.”

In the end, they did – of course – do the podcast, it was all a big joke on the fact that most people recognise McDonald from the 1996 Adam Sandler movie Happy Gilmore, in which he played the nefarious golf champion – and Happy’s nemesis – McGavin.
To be fair, he has starred in loads of other films throughout his career, ones like Thelma & Louise, Grumpy Old Men, Flubber – alongside Robin Williams – and About Last Night.

He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his guest role in comedy series Hacks just last year.

But hey, people remember what they remember, and he’ll always be Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore to some people.

Honestly, he should just accept that, because it’s more recognition than 99 percent of us will ever get in our lives.

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