“One of his favorite filmmakers is (David) Kronenberg, and that makes sense because he’s from Toronto. But he watches a lot of films, ”said the director, adding that Abel even gave some suggestions for writing the script for the Adam Sandler vehicle.

And Benny Safdie confirms that The Weeknd really got into a fist fight with Adam for the film. “He did that with Adam, the two of them, not doppelgangers, who both roll around on the floor,” the director said. “Everyone wanted to join in, really come down with us. It was heavily choreographed, but none of it is easy.”

In other words, fans can expect The Weeknd to give their all when The Idol finally premieres.