Schumer’s hot

‘Train­wreck’ team talk about the film.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

In the com­edy world and be­yond, 2015 is shap­ing up to be the year of Amy Schumer.

Be­tween her new film “Train­wreck” and its re­cent standup tour, her Pe­abody Award for “In­side Amy Schumer,” her Glam­our Awards speech that went vi­ral and her hi­lar­i­ous ap­pear­ance on “The Bach­e­lorette,” she’s a for­mi­da­ble force in show busi­ness these days - a sta­tus she chalks up to be­ing gen­uine.

“I’m a pretty au­then­tic chick,” says Schumer dur­ing a re­cent on-cam­era in­ter­view, her high heels kicked off and bare feet rest­ing just out­side the shot.

“What you see is re­ally what you get. I’ve re­sponded to that. I re­mem­ber when Jen­nifer Lawrence came on the scene I was like, ‘Oh, cool, like, a real per­son,’ even though she’s such a movie star.

“Yeah, you see I’m dressed up like a show poo­dle to­day, but re­ally if any­body sees me dur­ing the day or the pic­tures they tweet out, I look like a newly home­less per­son.”

Her “Train­wreck” co-stars agree she’s the real deal.

“I’ve known Amy for 10 years in com­edy clubs in New York and she’s al­ways had re­spect of co­me­di­ans,” says Mike Bir­biglia, who has a role in the latest sea­son of “Or­ange is the New Black.”

“She her­self is so funny, but she’s also a gen­uine fan of other peo­ple and she’s very gen­er­ous,” adds Vanessa Bayer of “SNL” fame.

Schumer wrote “Train­wreck” and stars in it as a hard-par­ty­ing mag­a­zine writer who’s afraid of com­mit­ment - un­til she meets a sports doc­tor (Bill Hader) while on as­sign­ment for a fea­ture ar­ti­cle.

Colin Quinn plays her fa­ther, who has mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, and Brie Lar­son plays her straightlaced sis­ter.

Other cast mem­bers in the Judd Apa­tow-di­rected com­edy, which is out Fri­day, in­clude NBA star LeBron James, Os­car win­ner Tilda Swin­ton, WWE champ John Cena and co­me­dian Dave At­tell.

Schumer, a Man­hat­tan na­tive who broke on the scene with “Last Comic Stand­ing,” said she started writ­ing the film just over two years ago and “kept mod­i­fy­ing it and work­shop­ping it un­til the very last day.”

“It was a con­stantly evolv­ing script and it’s su­per au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal. I was fall­ing in love when I was writ­ing it and terri- fied and learn­ing a lot about my­self and things that had been hold­ing me back in re­la­tion­ships.”

Apa­tow of­fered plenty of ad­vice, she says.

“Both of us are peo­ple with­out bound­aries, we’ll re­ally say what’s go­ing on with our­selves, like: ‘I re­ally woke up hat­ing my­self to­day,”‘ says Schumer.

“So I just was send­ing him scenes and he was en­cour­ag­ing me to keep writ­ing, and I thought he was just bluff­ing.”

This is Apa­tow’s first time di­rect­ing a film he didn’t write, but he says he en­joyed the process, not­ing he likes “help­ing peo­ple fig­ure out how to ex­e­cute their vi­sion.”

It’s some­thing he did with Seth Ro­gen and Evan Gold­berg while pro­duc­ing “Su­per­bad,” and with Kris­ten Wiig and An­nie Mu­molo while pro­duc­ing “Brides­maids.”

“That’s ac­tu­ally I think the most en­joy­able part of it, is just, ‘What do you want to do, how can I help you make it work?”‘ says Apa­tow.

“And peo­ple are so ex­cited when they’re mak­ing their first big movie. They just put so much more ef­fort in it when just ev­ery­thing is on the line, be­cause it’s their big break.”

James has a rel­a­tively prom­i­nent part in the film, play­ing a client and con­fi­dante to Hader’s char­ac­ter.

The in­volve­ment of the Cleve­land Cava­liers foward turned out to be for­tu­itous, as pro­mo­tion for the film fell in line with his team mak­ing it to the NBA Fi­nals.

The Cavs lost in the fi­nals the night be­fore the “Train­wreck” crew ar­rived in Toronto for the com­edy tour and press jun­ket.

“As soon as they lost we re­placed him, pho­to­shopped Kevin Hart in,” jokes Schumer.

Asked at the time how James was han­dling the loss, Schumer and Apa­tow pre­tended to call him on the di­rec­tor’s cell­phone.

“‘Lebron? You’re still rich and you have a beau­ti­ful fam­ily? Oh, OK, cool,”‘ said Schumer. “I’m sure he’s fine. He’ll re­cover.”


This photo pro­vided by Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures shows, Amy Schumer , left, as Amy, and Bill Hader as Aaron, on a date in “Train­wreck,” the new com­edy from di­rec­tor/pro­ducer Judd Apa­tow.


Ac­tress Amy Schumer at­tends the world pre­miere of “Train­wreck” at Alice Tully Hall on Tues­day, July 14, in New York.

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