Judd Apatow says child murder jokes staying in 'This Is 40'
If you want to witness really bad timing, go see Judd Apatow's new movie, This Is 40, which opens Friday and features Albert Brooks threatening to murder his three children. He's entirely joking, of course, but it really couldn't happen at a worse time.
TMZ decided to play culture police and point out the movie's script features a scene in which a broke Brooks wants to save money and jokes with his triplets that he should off them to save money. He has a garden hose and rells them "Line up! Luine up for murder! Come on! Who wants to be killed?"
One kid clamors, "I do!" so Brooks says "Okay, we're eliminating one, we're cheaper already." The second child says, "Murder me!" and Brooks obliges, spraying the child and saying, "Boom, dead. You're dead." The kid giggles "I'm dead!" and Brooks notes, "All right, the kids are murdered. That will save us some money."
Naturally, Apatow didn't know that some insane freak was going to gun down 20 children at an elementary school, so he told the site the script was written two years ago and "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."
The scene will stay in the movie when it opens. Expect to hear a few people not happy about that.
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