One female comedian who has risen to massive popularity and acclaim over the past year or so is Amy Schumer. Following her years at Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer, Schumer became a bonafide movie star by writing and starring in Trainwreck; the film introduced her to mainstream audiences and even earned her a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. You'd think this would give her some serious pull in future projects, but now it appears she hit a few bumps while working on the upcoming comedy Snatched. Namely, that she had to fight for co-star Goldie Hawn's casting.
Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn recently spoke to EW in order to publicize for Snatched. And it turns out that certain producers weren't fond of Hawn playing the lead role of Linda. They said:
This is a pretty wild story. Part of what makes Snatched such an exciting prospect is the combination of Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn's particular talents and comedic timing. With other actresses, it likely wouldn't be quite as buzz worthy.
As far as the producer/studio fighting against Goldie Hawn's inclusion, I can only assume this is because it's been so long since she's done a movie. Hawn's last film project was 2002's The Banger Sisters opposite Susan Sarandon. Snatched is the actresses's first movie in 15 years, so investors might have been a bit nervous to put their stock back in Goldie Hawn.
But on the flip side, Goldie Hawn is a damn legend, which seems to be why Amy Schumer was so gobsmacked about the pushback. She's got an Oscar and Golden Globe for her work in Cactus Flower, and was also nominated for another Academy Award for Private Benjamin. Additionally, she's maintained pop culture royalty for her roles in popular films like Overboard, The First Wives Club, and Death Becomes Her. Goldie Hawn is a star, and her return to the silver screen is far overdue.
Nevertheless, Goldie Hawn persisted, with both she and Amy Schumer fighting for her inclusion in Snatched. Schumer seemed thoroughly impressed with Hawn's professionalism and temperament this time period. Telling EW,
If that's not some daughter/mother sentiments of love, I don't know what is.
You can catch Goldie Hawn (yay!) and Amy Schumer in Snatched starting May 12th, 2017. Be sure to check out our full release list to plan your next trip to the movies.