Amy Schumer is on her way to becoming a movie star. Her new film “Trainwreck” premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas on Sunday in front of a sold-out crowd. And the Twitterverse is using words like “fantastic”, “phenomenal”, “perfect” and “just blew Austin’s mind” to describe it.
Working with director Judd Apatow, Amy wrote the script about a woman (who happens to also be named Amy) who has severe commitment issues. She deals with this with promiscuity and heavy drinking, until she meets a guy who makes her feel like monogamy may not be impossible after all.
How much of the character is the actual Amy Schumer? This is what she told Entertainment Weekly in an interview before the premiere. “There is no denying that there is a lot of me in this movie. I, as they say, went there. It’s really personal. It’s about stuff I was struggling with and am constantly battling.”
She also talked about the premise of the movie and the fear of commitment. Amy said, “I was falling in love with someone when I was writing it and it wasn’t even fun. It’s just terrifying. You’re just waiting to be hurt.”
“Trainwreck” has an amazing ensemble cast. It co-stars Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia, John Cena, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei and LeBron James as himself.
Here’s some Twitter reactions from people who were able to score tickets to the premiere at SXSW in Austin.
— Sarah Pitre (@poshdeluxe) March 16, 2015
— Tina Wall (@chemicalpink) March 16, 2015
— Rich Slaton CRL (@RichSlaton) March 16, 2015
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) March 16, 2015
Trainwreck is very very very funny. Tons of cameos. It was a work in progress screening but it is pretty perfect how it is. #SXSW
— Sarah Ksiazek, M.S. (@alphadawg7) March 16, 2015
TRAINWRECK: Inspired performances, several great scenes and big laughs. And a long way from smoothly synthesizing the serious stuff. #sxsw
— Jason Bailey (@jasondashbailey) March 16, 2015
LeBron James is personally getting great Twitter reviews for his performance in “Trainwreck”. He’s being called a scene stealer. Looks like there might be a comedy film career after basketball.
— Reena Chohan (@reenachohan) March 16, 2015
— tconn (@tconn) March 16, 2015
Both Tilda Swinton & LeBron James were terrific in TRAINWRECK. There's a lot of great moments too. Looking forward with to the final version
— Kenny Miles (@TheKennyMiles) March 16, 2015
“Trainwreck” starring Amy Schumer opens nationwide on Friday, July 17th. And her Comedy Central series, “Inside Amy Schumer” returns with its third season premiere on April 21st.
Vanity Fair captured some of the pre-screening exciting on Instagram.