'Trainwreck': EW preview
STARRING Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James
DIRECTED BY Judd Apatow
RELEASE DATE July 17
While Amy Schumer was writing Trainwreck, director Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) encouraged her to dip into her own personal well of fears and neuroses for inspiration. What she came up with is a story about Amy (Schumer), a men’s-magazine writer who avoids serious romantic commitment whenever possible. But after she’s assigned to write about a sports doctor (Bill Hader), she realizes—with horror—she’s found a good guy she actually likes. Look for plenty of surprising cameos from star athletes, and a supporting turn from LeBron James, who’s been getting lots of laughs in preview screenings. “He can quit basketball and fall back on his real dream,” says Schumer. “He’s like a tall Kevin Hart.”
Trainwreck is the first movie Apatow has directed but not written. “Usually I’m up all night nervous about what else I should be doing,” he says. “It was really fun to be there for Amy, but it was nice to have her be the one up all night doing the punch-up” on the script. Schumer, meanwhile, had to wrap her head around the fact that a movie she’d written and was starring in was really happening. “The first day we were on set and I saw these director chairs that said Trainwreck on them,” Schumer says, “I was like, ‘Why is everyone f—ing with me? Why are we pretending we’re shooting a movie?’” The joke’s on us!