Amy Schumer on Feeling Blame After Trainwreck Theater Shooting: 'I Wish I Never Wrote That Movie'
In her cover story for Vanity Fair‘s May issue, the 34-year-old comedian described the moments she learned that John Russell Houser had opened fire on The Grand 16 Theater in Lafayette, killing two and injuring nine before taking his own life.
“So my publicist told me. And then I put on the news. I was by myself in a hotel, and I was just like, I wish I never wrote that movie,” Schumer told Vanity Fair.
Schumer said she was in Los Angeles when she noticed “a million” missed calls from her publicist – “I was laughing before I called her back, because I thought it was going to be like a sex tape [had surfaced] or something,” Schumer joked.
“And then she told me there had been this shooting,” the comedian said. “It really I don’t know. It’s like when the Dark Knight shooting happened, and in Paris,” she said, referring to both the 2012 Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting and last November’s terror attacks in Paris.
“The idea of people trying to go out and have a good time – you know, looking forward to it? – I don’t know why that makes me the saddest.”
She added that she knew that the shooting wasn’t her “fault” and she had nothing to do with it, but that didn’t make her feel better.
“I just felt helpless and stupid,” Schumer said.
“If you’ve been convicted of domestic violence or you’re severely mentally ill, I don’t think you should be able to get a gun,” she said during Glamour‘s Women of The Year Awards in November.