(LOS ANGELES) — Judd Apatow has a few jokes in the script for his new comedy, This Is 40, that TMZ.com is calling attention to in light of last week’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six staff members were killed.
The scene involves Albert Brooks’ character, Larry, who is looking for ways to save cash.
As Larry gets ready to spray his triplets with a hose, he says, “Line up! Line up for murder! Come on! Who wants to be killed?”
One of the kids says, “I do!”
Larry responds, “Okay, we’re eliminating one, we’re cheaper already,” and then Larry sprays water at the child.
Then another child says, “Murder me!”
Larry responds, “Boom, dead. You’re dead,” adding, “All right, the kids are murdered. That will save us some money.”
Apatow notes to TMZ that the script for the film was written two years ago — long before the tragic events that unfolded in Connecticut.
Apatow also tells the website that the scene “is spoken by a sarcastic father kidding with his children. In light of recent events, I understand if some people might make an unfortunate association or put it in a context in which it was not intended.”
However, there are no plans to remove the lines from the film before it opens on Friday, according to TMZ.
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