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Amy Schumer Reveals Reason For Backing Out Of ‘Barbie’ Movie
Amy Schumer reveals the real reason she left the starring role in the upcoming Barbie film.
The 40-year-old actress was originally announced to play Barbie in December 2016, but just four months later Variety revealed she had dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts.
“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” she said in a statement. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”
Following her departure, Anne Hathaway was rumoured for the leading role before the casting of Margot Robbie was officially announced in 2018.
The project, helmed by Greta Gerwig, also stars Ryan Gosling as Ken.
Now, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Schumer reveals that creative differences were the real reason she walked away from Barbie.
“They definitely didn’t want to do it the way I wanted to do it, the only way I was interested in doing it,” she said.
Schumer went on to explain that she had conceived Barbie as an inventor, and had emphatically disagreed with the studio’s suggestion that her invention should be a high heel made of Jell-O.
She added that the studio proceeded to send her a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels to celebrate her casting: “The idea that that’s just what every woman must want…”
“Right there, I should have gone, ‘You’ve got the wrong gal.’”
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