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Amy Schumer Talks Equal Treatment in Entertainment and Why Fame Won’t Last

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Amy Schumer’s ‘Trainwreck’ capitalizes on LeBron James’ popularity with Cleveland moviegoers.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – As noted yesterday, Amy Schumer’s comedy vehicle “Trainwreck” beat expectations, earning $30.2 million at the box-office over the weekend. Trainwreck writer and star Amy Schumer and director Judd Apatow have a great friendship and working relationship — which certainly benefited the film with its whopping $30.2 million opening weekend. “When you are working with someone who is so smart and so funny, it’s a real gift,” says Apatow. “We had so much fun while she was writing it, it’s really why I wanted to direct it.” It was early during Trainwreck’s filming in New York City. It was a surreal time for Schumer — it was the first film she’d written, let alone her first starring role. “Everything felt so weird already,” she says. “The first day we were on set there were these director’s chairs and they said ‘Trainwreck’ on the back and it was like: why is everyone f–king with me?

However, the film also exploded in Cleveland, performing a jaw-dropping 66 percent higher than expected. “Trainwreck” also did surprisingly well in parts of Florida, which The Hollywood Reporter attributed to James’ time as a member of the Miami Heat. Schumer had pre-ordered food for expediency’s sake at a nearby restaurant and she, her sister Kim Caramele, and co-star Vanessa Bayer (whom Schumer called her real-life “love interest”) walked over to pick it up. 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. Unbeknownst to them, Apatow and his producers were having a working lunch at the same restaurant. “They don’t know that we pre-ordered our food and lunch is only for a half an hour,” she says.

One of the producers came over to tell Schumer that Apatow — thinking they meant to sit down and eat — was nervous she wouldn’t be back on set in time for touch-ups. “Right away I didn’t think to comfort him and tell him we were just picking up food,” she says with a laugh. “Because I already was thinking: they’re really gambling on me — and you never really know what people really are going to be like to work with. 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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