Judd Apatow wrote the script for his new comedy ‘This Is 40′ two years ago, before the recent school shooting in Newton, Connecticut, TMZ is reporting. The writer-director featured one of the characters jokingly playing a murder game with his kids in his script for the ‘Knocked Up’ spin-off.
The scene in question involves Albert Brooks’ character, Larry, who is short on cash and is looking for a way to save money, spraying his triplets with a hose. He says, “Line up! Line up for murder! Come on! What wants to be killed?”
In response, one of the kids screams, “I do!” Larry responds, “Okay, we’re eliminating one, we’re cheaper already,” and then proceeds to spray the child. The next child says, “Murder me!” Larry answers, “Boom, dead. You’re dead. All right, the kids are murdered. That will save us some money.”
The scene will reportedly stay in the movie, which opens Friday. Talking about the scene, Apatow said, “this 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.”
Written by: Karen Benardello