Amy Schumer reveals why she gave up her starring role in Barbie


Amy Schumer revealed that “creative differences” meant she decided not to star as Barbie in the first film of the same name.

Schumer was set to play the iconic doll in a project Sony Pictures owned the rights to in 2016. diversity reported. She later cited “schedule conflicts” as the reason for the film’s cancellation months later.

In an interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, the comedian said the upcoming movie, now starring Margot Robbie, “looks amazing,” before describing the reason they are leaving the earlier project has.

“It was really just creative differences, but you know, there’s a new team behind this and it looks very feminist and cool, so I’ll check out the movie,” Schumer said.

“Was it that it didn’t feel feminist and cool when you were involved with it?” asked Cohen.

“Yes, yes,” Schumer replied.

The comedian previously opened up about her decision to leave Sony’s Barbie in an interview with Sony’s Barbie The Hollywood Reporter last year.

“They definitely didn’t want to do it the way I wanted it, just the way I wanted it,” Schumer said.

Schumer’s script saw Barbie as an inventor, and the studio required her invention to have a high heel made out of jelly. She then received a pair of Manolo Blahniks “in celebration,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Thinking that’s exactly what every woman needs to want, I should have said, ‘You got the wrong girl,'” she said.

Warner Bros. later acquired the rights to Barbie in 2018, while Robbie, who also serves as the film’s producer, was confirmed for the title role the next year.

The Greta Gerwig-directed Barbie movie is slated to hit theaters on July 21.

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