Judd Apatow Understands if Some Find This Is 40 Line Offensive

Is this taking the post-Newtown massacre media climate a little too far? Some, like Variety film reporter Jeff Sneider, certainly think so.

Sneider is referring to a December 19 article on TheWrap by Greg Gilman. The site sought (and received) comment from This Is 40 writer-director Judd Apatow about whether a line of dialogue that has the grandfather character played by Albert Brooks joking about “murdering” his triplet sons will/should have been removed:

“I wrote this script two years ago. That line is spoken by a sarcastic father kidding with his children,” the director said in a statement to TheWrap. “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.”

One article commenter, Robert, makes a good point with regards to this situation as compared to Hollywood’s post-Newtown cancellation of various premieres and parties. “You can’t take a moment out of 3000 prints of a movie that is to open in one day,” he writes. “Is Tarantino going to cut out 45 minutes of bloodshed? Is Jack Reacher going to cut 10 scenes of bloodshed? Cutting a film that is two days away from release is impossible. People who work in show business should at least know that.”

The story was first reported by TMZ.

@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.