It's an embarrassing thing to get shushed. Especially so when you're trying to be professional. But watching a scene from the Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow comedy Trainwreck unfurl on the monitor before me, I couldn't control myself. When Schumer delivered the final one-liner of a supremely funny scene, I laughed. Hard. So hard that even though I was outside at the far end of the driveway, some 30 feet away from the house where the scene was shooting inside, my laughter was a potential sound problem. I prevented further reprimands by literally biting my hand as I watched Apatow direct Schumer through three alternate endings, each crass and hilarious. Hours later, I left the set visit with teeth marks on my palm, and a big smile on my face.
After the Charlie Sheen roast made her notorious, Amy Schumer gave Comedy Central a surprise hit with her satirical and feminist sketch show Inside Amy Schumer. From there, the wickedly funny comedienne earned a development deal with R-comedy mastermind Judd Apatow. And so Trainwreck, a rom-com about a men's magazine journalist (Schumer) falling for a dorky sports doctor (Bill Hader), was born.
On a sunny June day, my trek out to Douglas Manor, Queens put me face to face with Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow, where I learned lots of reasons to be pumped for Schumer's upcoming Trainwreck.
Trainwreck's inspiration came from Schumer's life and stand-up. It's far from a biopic. Still, those familiar with Schumer's comedy special Mostly Sex Stuff will remember the scene that laid before us giddy pack of reporters on that day. Playing "Amy," Schumer sits in a circle of prim suburban moms, made up of comics Claudia O’Doherty, Nikki Glaser, and Bridget Everett, as well as Brie Larson, who plays Amy's sister, Kim. A charming baby shower is winding down into a game of secret sharing. But while these prissy moms spill secrets about sneaking ice cream and allowing their kids to watch Breaking Bad, Amy's got some real dirt to dish. And she does in a way that hilariously derails the party, allowing her to exit with a one-hitter and zero fucks given.
This isn't your average rom-com. The scene we witnessed seems a great introduction to a romantic comedy that refuses to fall into the standard tropes. Amy is not a klutzy, virginal career girl. She's an unapologetic trainwreck. And her journey does involve romance, but not the suggestion that a nice boyfriend will fix her life. "I think Amy would vomit if that was the main conclusion people took from it," producer Barry Mendel told us. "Trainwreck is about somebody who is not ready to settle down, being dragged kicking and screaming into settling down. And it’s a great vehicle for Amy’s talents, because it takes such dead aim at the kind of bourgeois idea that the only true path to happiness is to find a relationship and settle down."
Brie Larson supported this theme, explaining that while Kim and Amy are very different people, they don't judge each other's choices. Larson offered, "The beautiful part about the two of them is although they’re so different, they still really love each other... They’re very supportive of each other."