Rupert Gregson-Williams scores Adam Sandler’s I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

Posted on May 22, 2007 by Dan Goldwasser

Last week, composer Rupert Gregson-Williams was at the Sony Scoring Stage in Culver City, CA to record his score to the new Adam Sandler comedy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Starring Sandler and Kevin James as firefighters who pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits, the film was directed by Dennis Dugan and co-stars Jessica Biel and Steve Buscemi.

Rupert Gregson-Williams and Adam Sandler

Rupert Gregson-Williams conducts the Hollywood Studio Symphony

The 75-piece orchestra recorded the score split-up, with the strings and woodwinds conducted by Rupert Gregson-Williams during the day, and Bruce Fowler conducting the brass in the evening.

Rupert Gregson-Williams conducts the strings

Concertmaster Endre Granat makes a note on the score

The bass section

As the film is a comedy, there were many short cues, which ranged from exciting action pieces (Sandler and James are firefighters, after all), to quirky comedy bits laden with pizzicato. Guitar and piano were also used to support the emotional moments. With under 20-minutes of score to record, it only took two days to record all the material.

Bruce Fowler and score mixer Malcolm Luker

Bruce Fowler conducts the brass

The French horns and brass section on I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

Malcolm Luker, who recently mixed Deja Vu for Rupert’s brother Harry, ran the console, while supervising orchestrator Bruce Fowler kept an eye on things. Abhay Manusmare handled the pre-records, while Sony stage recordist Adam Michalak recorded the score digitally in ProTools.

Rupert Gregson-Williams conducts

Rupert Gregson-Williams and Malcolm Luker

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry will be released by Universal Studios on July 20, 2007.