- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Comedian and actress Amy Schumer said she felt “helpless and stupid” when she learned last year that a gunman had opened fire inside a movie theater that was screening her romantic comedy “Trainwreck.”

The 34-year-old Manhattan native told the Vanity Fair that she found out about the deadly shooting spree while she was doing press in Los Angeles last July and 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,” the entertainer recalled. “And then she told me there had been this shooting.”

“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,” Ms. Schumer said.

Two people died and nine others were injured when John Russell Houser, 59, opened fire during a July 23 screening of “Trainwreck” in Lafayette, Louisiana, two weeks into the movie’s nationwide run. Houser committed suicide at the scene.

“It’s like when the ‘Dark Knight’ shooting happened, and in Paris,” Ms. Schumer said. “The idea of people trying to go out and have a good time — you know, like looking forward to it? I don’t know why that makes me the saddest.

“I just felt helpless and stupid,” she added.

Shortly after, however, she began working with a distance relative, Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat, in hopes of reforming gun laws in America.

“It was clear to me she was a true believer,” said the senator, her second-cousin once removed. “She was smart. She was knowledgeable. She really cared. This wasn’t just something to advance a career.”

The fourth season of “Inside Amy Schumer,” a television series broadcast by Comedy Central, premiered last week.

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