In the wake of the Orlando tragedy last weekend, Amy Schumer will be changing things up with her upcoming movie. The comedienne will reportedly be cutting a scene from the movie that shows "someone shooting a gun at people." This is in response to the mass shooting in Orlando, in which 49 people were killed by a gunman at Pulse nightclub.
E! has the exclusive and reports that Schumer has not officially released a statement explaining the decision yet.
There isn't a lot known about the movie in question except that it's an untitled mother/daughter action comedy that is currently scheduled for release on on May 12, 2017, in time for Mother's Day Weekend. The film was written by Amy Schumer and stars Goldie Hawn, Christopher Meloni, and Ike Barinholtz. The untitled project is currently filming in Hawaii.
Amy Schumer is a strong advocate for gun control and has made public appearances with her cousin New York Senator Chuck Schumer to raise awareness and to speak out against gun violence. She also participated in Gun Violence Awareness Day, where she dropped her pants to help spread the word. Additionally, her activism has extended into Schumer's TV show, Inside Amy Schumer. The Comedy Central show aired a sketch last month called "The Gun Show" which featured Schumer hosting a Home Shopping Network type show and easily selling a gun to a felon. The sketch calls out several politicians and points out the ways in which someone can acquire a gun without getting a proper background check. Schumer was also involved in another gun-related sketch when she hosted Saturday Night Live last year. That sketch was in the style of an ad that showcased lovers, family members, and friends bonding over the exchange of guns with the slogan "Guns. We're here to stay."
Unfortunately, this is not the first time an Amy Schumer film has been associated with a shooting. In 2015, a gunman killed two people and injured several others at a showing of Trainwreck. That tragic event drove Schumer state that she wished she never made the movie.
Schumer's upcoming mother/daughter film will not be the first movie to cut or change a scene depicting gun violence after a real life tragedy. In 2013 the film Gangster Squad was delayed for reshoots after a gunman opened fire at a movie audience seeing The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. The scene involved depicted the characters in a gun fight at a movie theater, which was wisely cut from the movie. It's unclear if Schumer's scene had any resemblance to the events at Pulse, but the scene itself must not have been pivotal, and it's most likely for the best that it was removed altogether.