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Spotlight on the Stars: Amy Schumer

For our latest installment in the Spotlight on the Stars series, I wanted to look at one of the top comedy actresses in the business right now. Of course, I’m talking about Amy Schumer, who took Hollywood by storm a few years ago. An A-list comedic actress, Schumer still has a whole career in front of her, despite the high status already achieved. With a new comedy hitting this week in I Feel Pretty, what a perfect time to talk Schumer some more. We’ll get back to the film itself later in the week, but for now…the focus is all on her!

The latest stand up comic to transition to acting, Schumer has also been a high profile figure in terms of the crusade for gun control. Between her comedy background, the talents she’s displayed on the big screen, and the passion for social justice displayed over the past few years, she’s truly using her A-list status for good. That’s always a plus, especially in terms of staying power. A success on both the big and small screens, she’s made her presence known in a big way, over only a small portion of time. Despite some vocal detractors, who seem to be trolling more than anything, she’s amassed quite a passionate following, and rightly so.

This week, Schumer has another comedic starring vehicle on her hands with the aforementioned I Feel Pretty. According to IMDb and STX Films, this is the plot: “In I FEEL PRETTY a woman who struggles with feelings of deep insecurity and low self-esteem, that hold her back everyday, wakes from a brutal fall in an exercise class believing she is suddenly a supermodel. With this newfound confidence she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed?” Schumer stars as Renee Bennett, the woman to whom this all happens. Along for the ride with her are co-stars Aidy Bryant, Naomi Campbell, Tom Hopper, Lauren Hutton, Adrian Martinez, Busy Philipps, Emily Ratajkowski, Rory Scovel, and even Michelle Williams. The movie is co-written and co-directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein.

Before Trainwreck came out in 2015 and was a big hit, if you knew Schumer, it was either from her aforementioned stand up comedy, appearances on various celebrity roasts, or her sketch comedy show Inside Amy Schumer. On that show, she gets to be as raunchy as she wants, but Schumer also worked in plenty of satire and a heavy dose of social commentary. It was all done for laughs, but it became water cooler type stuff. Between that and her memorable stand up appearances, roast moments, and ability to charm on radio shows, it was only a matter of time before her star rose. Once she combined her talents with Judd Apatow though, something special happened.

As you all know, I was a huge fan of Trainwreck, which Schumer wrote in addition to starring in. I was blown away by her work there. Not only is she aces as a comedic actress and a writer, which we knew already, but she shows some dramatic skills that are quite phenomenal. There’s a speech she gives that will actually bring a tear to your eye, which I’ve gone back to many times. It’s literally a perfect combination of funny and dad. She’s the highlight of course there, but as a writer she also creates tons of great roles for her co-stars, with unlikely comedic highlights. It’s tremendous work all around.

Since then, Schumer has teamed with Goldie Hawn for the action comedy Snatched, as well as taken a dramatic supporting role in Thank You For Your Service. The sky is the limit for her going forward, truly. Even if she won’t be starring in that live action Barbie movie that was built around her initially, it’s a safe bet to assume that she’ll be leading many a studio comedy in the years to come. Schumer is too talented not to have sustained success in this business. She’s broken through to the A-list in Hollywood and that is where she shall remain for the foreseeable future…

Stay tuned for more on Schumer and I Feel Pretty later on this week!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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