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Judd Apatow

I Wrote Child Murder Jokes

YEARS AGO For 'This Is 40'

12/19/2012 10:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Judd Apatow meant no harm in his script for "This Is 40" when one of the characters jokingly plays a "murder game" with his kids.  Judd tells us, he wrote the script 2 years ago, long before the Connecticut tragedy.

The scene in question involves the Albert Brooks' character, who is broke and looking for ways to save money.  The character, Larry, prepares to spray his triplets with a hose and says, "Line up! Line up for murder!  Come on!  Who wants to be killed?"

One of the kids screams, "I do!"  Larry responds, "Okay, we're eliminating one, we're cheaper already," and then Larry sprays the child.

The next kid says, "Murder me!"  Larry responds, "Boom, dead.  You're dead," adding, "All right, the kids are murdered.  That will save us some money."

Judd tells us, 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."

We've learned the scene is staying in the movie, which opens Friday.

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76.

Sonja    

I have to wonder if the same people who are demanding the blatant banning of people's 1st Amendment via pulling songs, editing movies are the same ones who are also refusing to even begin to discuss an actual element of this mass murder.. you know GUNS .. and mental health. The don't you dare mention guns because it's my 2nd Amendment Right crowd seems to have no issue with tromping on the rights of anyone else. These stories are a joke in light of what happened.

486 days ago
77.

hopevalley    

Even if the tragedy in Connecticut had not happened, why is joking about dead children even funny? This guy sounds like a real *******. I will remember not to attend this movie.

486 days ago
78.

Danielle123    

What is this? Blame Hollywood for all things wrong? These people owe no apologies to anybody. His movie didn't even come out yet to influence anybody. There are movies where adults kick and push children. Should we blame those movies for child abuse everywhere? No. The fact that Kesha and Judd Apatow are being blamed for these things is ridiculous. The fact remains that no one would have had an issue with the song or the movie if this massacre did not occur. Give me a break.

486 days ago
79.

~catty~    

Why the eff would someone even THINK these thoughts, much less immortalize them in a movie?? Here it is again, folks! Normal people understand that songs/movies/video games are fiction, not meant to be taken literally.....However....unbalanced individuals take these images/lyrics quite literally!! Combined with being bullied all their lives, a mental illness, poor parenting and our wonderful (sarcasm) media, these types of people have nobody to talk to...no help for their problems, and can obviously snap at a moments notice! What is this world coming to???

486 days ago
80.

Macker1283    

Oh, I thought Judd Apatow wrote the script last Saturday. Thanks for clearing that up for me TMZ.

486 days ago
81.

pamela    

It's just not funny. Not before or after the Newtown tragedy.

486 days ago
82.

Cletus Van Damme    

I found the lines funny, especially imagining them in Albert Brooks delivery. They are jokes, relax, he isn't saying any real kid murders are funny.

486 days ago
83.

ladynbed    

Wow....the censoring of a comedic film whose audience already is prepared for the "pushing the envelope".....type of comedy...is..ludicrous.......cmon..its..an.adult.forum...look.at.the.title....if.its.not.your.cup.of tea....there.is.an...easy.solution.....choose.a.different..film.....dont.jump.on.the...."sensitivity..bandwagon"

486 days ago
84.

Bryan    

Oh for f*ck sakes will people quit hounding anyone ho made these jokes before the shootings?!

486 days ago
85.

Krismose1    

I remember when they wanted Peter Jackson to change to name of "the two towers". People are always reaching. Ban everything cause everyone gets offended by everything!

486 days ago
86.

Hannah Bakk    

Get over it already! Stop blaming the entertainment industry

486 days ago
87.

chi_town1    

Sensitivity? Like i said get the **** outta here with that ****! Obama had to poke his eyeball for a tear! Why should a song or a tv show suffer... We need to move forward and learn from this... If you're so heart broken, guess what? there are millions of children in this world that would love a pair of shoes, a shirt, some pants, a roof, **** some food and water!! ! Where is your compassion to those kids who are suffering in life! Though we will miss all those beautiful kids, there are still kids here that we can help! If you are so moved by this tragedy, how about we help those that can still be saved! I know it sucks that we couldn't save those babies but we can save millions of them! Stop picking and choosing who you want to feel bad for! ****n hypocrites! ****ing cowards! **** all yall with your bull**** trying to play the sorry card! To all of you who truly feel for these kids come on send your attention to those kids we can help.. **** thier propaganda bull****! Get the killer off tv, out the radio, and out your mouth! **** that motha****er... Thats what those psychos want! And you dumbasses keep making it more attractive for peaces of **** like him! God bless yall with a true heart!

486 days ago
88.

Darknstoned    

****ing American dumb ****s, stop trying to push this bull**** and pushing blame on actors, musicians and any other for of entertainment. Put the blame were it should be your gun laws are **** PERIOD. I'm not a anti-gun nut i own guns myself, but you have something written on a piece of paper over 100 years ago and big money holding onto what was written back then ****ING FIX IT.

486 days ago
89.

Justin    

I can't believe how many sensitive little c*nt$ there is in this world today looking for anything and everything to pick apart because of this shooting

486 days ago
90.

Brian Workman    

It stank two years ago! It should have been put in the round file two years ago!!

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