Amy Schumer bails on Barbie
The comedienne fired back at Internet trolls who felt she was too fat to play the woman who inspired the Mattel doll.
Amy Schumer has dropped out of the Barbie movie.
The actress/comedian signed on to play the woman who inspired Mattel's popular doll for Sony, but scheduling conflicts have forced her to bow out.
"Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts," Schumer said in a statement released on Thursday (23Mar17). "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."
Schumer joined the project in December (15), and helped revise Hilary Winston's script.
The Barbie movie, which will offer a fresh spin on the doll, is also currently without a director.
The movie was pushed from a May, 2017 release to summer, 2018 shortly after Schumer signed on.
The Trainwreck star has a new comedy, Snatched, coming out in May, and on Thursday (23May17), it was announced she is also joining the cast of Rebecca Miller’s She Came to Me, in which she'll star opposite Steve Carell.
"We respect and support Amy’s decision," said a Sony spokesperson. "We look forward to bringing Barbie to the world and sharing updates on casting and filmmakers soon."
Days after Amy was cast in the Barbie film, she took on critics who insisted she was too fat to play the woman behind the doll.
Hours after receiving two Grammy Award nominations for her comedy album The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo, the 35-year-old took to her Instagram account to put the bullies in their place.
"Very very honored to be nominated for 2 Grammys and to be considered to play an important and evolving icon," she wrote on 6 December (16) in a caption attached to a picture of herself flaunting her body on the beach in a one-piece bathing suit.
"Is it fat shaming if you know you're not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don't think so," she declared. "I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love."
Schumer signed off with words of empowerment, insisting she came forward to address the trolls in order to boost fans' self-confidence.
"Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support and again my deepest sympathy goes out to the trolls who are in more pain than we will ever understand," she noted. "I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice (for Barbie). It's that kind of response that let's you know something's wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it."
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