Judd Apatow: Lafayette Trainwreck Shooting Is “Madness” And “Horrifying”
Judd Apatow released a statement on Friday about the mass shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, where a gunman opened fire at a screening of his new movie Trainwreck on Thursday night. Apatow offered his condolences to the victims, while also addressing the United States’ problem with violence in general.
“One of the reasons we make these movies is because the world can be so horrifying and we all need to laugh just to deal with it,” Apatow, who produced and directed Trainwreck, said in his statement. “So to have this happen in a room where people were smiling and laughing devastates me. My thoughts and love go out to the victims and anyone touched by this madness or any madness. We, as a country, need to find a way to do better.”
Trainwreck writer and star Amy Schumer tweeted about the incident hours after the tragic news broke, writing, “My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.” Brie Larson, who co-stars in the movie, also spoke out, saying, “I’m devastated and deeply disturbed by this tragedy. My thoughts and condolences go out to the victims and their families in Louisiana.”
The studio behind the comedy also expressed sorrow over what had occurred. “All of us at Universal Pictures send our heartfelt sympathies to the victims of this senseless tragedy and their families in Louisiana,” the distributors of the film said in a statement on Friday. It’s unclear at this point if the assailant targeted a Trainwreck screening deliberately, as was the case with the perpetrator of the 2012 Dark Knight Rises massacre in Colorado, or if the film was chosen at random.
In addition to two female casualties, the 58-year-old gunman was pronounced dead after taking his own life. Nine other people were injured in the shooting. Tell us what you think of Apatow speaking out below.