Amy Schumer and the Broken Promise of Trainwreck

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Here’s Tangible Proof That LeBron James Is Responsible for Much of Trainwreck’s Success.

When listing the many, many joys of Amy Schumer’s excellent debut, Trainwreck, we would be remiss in not mentioning the surprisingly solid comedic performance from LeBron James.

It’s not a stretch to say that athletes don’t always make for the best guest stars or cameo appearances, but LeBron, whose substantial role as Bill Hader’s sidekick is much more than a cameo, proved himself to be a delightfully natural comedic talent. He was in the nation’s living rooms for multiple nights during the NBA playoffs, and now he is in the nation’s multiplexes – at 3,158 theaters – as part of the cast in “Trainwreck.” The Amy Schumer movie took third place at the weekend box office, scoring about $30 million.

And alongside Schumer’s refreshing and revolutionary take on the classic rom-com, LeBron’s presence and ability to land a Downton Abbey joke or two helped make Trainwreck a rousing success at the box office. Not bad for an R-rated comedy, especially since it was battling the Marvel marketing machinery behind “Ant-Man” (which was No. 1 with about $58 million), and the family-friendly “Minions,” which earned about $50 million, according to boxofficemojo.com. “Trainwreck,” written by and starring Schumer, and directed by Judd Apatow, also features Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton and Vanessa Bayer. Here’s a look at who benefitted from the “Trainwreck” effect. (A few spoilers follow.) After: A leading lady who owns the big screen with total confidence. Manohla Dargis, in her praise of the film for The New York Times, wrote that “the looming appearance of LeBron James, who plays himself as well as Aaron’s odd-couple-like best friend, may be a heat-seeking gimmick (he’s the movie’s biggest star), but he’s a surprisingly limber comic presence.” “LeBron James, playing himself, is very, very funny,” wrote Moira Macdonald of the Seattle Times. “(Maybe sports fans knew this already?

According to The Hollywood Reporter Trainwreck performed unsurprisingly well in Los Angeles and New York where director Judd Apatow, Hader, and Schumer are much beloved. But the film also performed extraordinarily well in Cleveland, home of James’s team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and in certain cities in Florida where James used to play for the Miami Heat.

But, seriously, if that basketball thing doesn’t work out, someone should get this guy his own rom-com; his exuberance and timing, particularly when he suddenly starts quoting Kanye West, are terrific.)” John DeFore of the Hollywood reporter: “That best pal is LeBron James, one of a few celebs who continue the Apatow tradition of working famous non-actors into the cast. The Saturday Night Live alum has been inching his way into the movie world with serious roles in independent movies, such as “The Skeleton Twins” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” “Trainwreck” is his first big part in a blockbuster, and he managed to snag the role of the main love interest. The WWE wrestler has to suffer indignity after indignity during “Trainwreck.” He plays Amy’s boyfriend-ish companion, who loves artsy movies and freezes when Amy asks him to talk dirty to her in the bedroom. (“There’s no I in team.” “I’m going to fill you full of protein.”) He also has an extremely memorable and, er, climactic scene that culminates in him standing around wearing nothing but a hand towel hanging strategically from his nether region.

Even though he plays himself, he’s extremely frugal, getting exact when it comes to splitting a lunch bill, and refusing to pay more than $30 for a pair of sunglasses. His most memorable roles to date have him as a kind of quick-witted loner, but in “Trainwreck” he’s something completely different — an Eddie Haskell type who’s hiding some fringy sexual peccadillos.

The usually makeup-free actress has piled on the foundation, mascara, eye shadow, you name it, for her role as the editor-in-chief of an aggressively lowbrow men’s magazine called S’Nuff. In an interview, Swinton said the look she was going for was “Tandoori tan,” and she said her inspiration was former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld. Stoudemire, like James, plays himself in “Trainwreck” and gets a couple of extensive scenes, including one important moment where Aaron shows up to do surgery on the player’s knee but is too tired to concentrate.

And one of Stoudemire’s scenes ends with him ripping an IV out of his arm and running away from Aaron only to slip and fall — all six feet and ten inches of him.

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