The titular star of the sketch comedy TV hit Inside Amy Schumer has made the transition to the big screen that has proven difficult for so many of her peers. And critics are saying she has revitalized the stale romantic comedy genre in the process. Amy Schumer’s spec screenplay for Trainwreck was fresh enough to attract the attention of Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) who signed on to direct.
Schumer plays a magazine writer—also named Amy—whose life is a bit of mess, which the writer says is based on her own past. At the recent Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, the star said she wanted to tackle the type of female behavior that is often glamorized in other media. “If one of my friends were behaving like Samantha, the character in Sex and the City, I would take her to the hospital,” she said. “I don’t think all that alcohol and sleeping around is healthy.”
But that is just where her character is when she starts a relationship with a sports doctor (Bill Hader). “The journey that she goes through is that at the end she looks at herself and realizes that she is worthy of love and she can modify her behavior,” Schumer explains. “To me it is not that she was ‘saved by a man’, but ‘I am going to let this person be my equal’ [and be given] a shot.”
Trainwreck doesn’t have a release date for Japan, but is available for pre-order at amazon.com.