Amy Schumer has revealed that “creative differences” led her to turn down a starring role as Barbie in the original film of the same name.
Schumer was set to play the iconic doll in a project that Sony Pictures had rights to in 2016, Variety reported. She later cited “scheduling conflicts” as the reason she dropped out of the film months later.
The comedian, in an interview on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Thursday, said the upcoming film, which now stars Margot Robbie, “looks great,” before describing the reason she left the previous project.
“It was really just creative differences, but you know, there’s a new team behind it and it seems like it’s very feminist and cool, so I’m going to see the movie,” Schumer said.
“Wasn’t it feminist and cool when you were in that?” Cohen asked.
“Yeah, yeah,” Schumer replied.
The comedian previously opened up about her decision to leave Sony’s Barbie during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last year.
“They definitely didn’t want to do it the way I wanted to do it, the only way I was interested in doing it,” Schumer said.
Schumer’s script saw Barbie as an inventor, and the studio requested that her invention be a high heel made of Jell-O. She then got a pair of Manolo Blahniks “to celebrate,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“The idea that this is exactly what every woman should want, right there, I had to go, ‘You’ve got the wrong girl,'” she said.
Warner Bros. would later take over the rights to “Barbie” in 2018, while Robbie, who also serves as a producer on the film, is confirmed to star next year.
Barbie, directed by Greta Gerwig, will hit theaters on July 21.