According to Amy Schumer, putting together the new trailer for Trainwreck — which you can watch above — was a feat in extreme editing. The forthcoming Judd Apatow-directed comedy, which marks the 33-year-old writer-comedian’s first big-screen starring role, will no doubt please fans of Inside Amy Schumer, her oft-raunchy (and reliably hilarious) Comedy Central sketch show. But picking out some crowd-teasing, safe-for-work preview footage proved to be a tough task: “I don’t see the movie as being that dirty,” Schumer tells Yahoo Movies. “But then [Judd and I] watch thefootage, and I’m like, ‘Oh, yeah — to find a clip for a late-night talk show isn’t as easy as I thought.’”
Apatow, who also spoke with Yahoo, agrees, saying the bawdiness starts from the get-go: “The opening scene is one of the dirtiest parts of the movie, which is just a man taking his pants off, and Amy commenting on what she sees.” Adds Schumer: “I’m in a bra and underwear, and he’s bare-assed, so we really kick it off in the right way.”
To assume Trainwreck is an endless string of lewd jokes, however, is off the mark. Based in part on Schumer’s real-life dating experiences — she wrote the script — Trainwreck is also a sincere rom-com. Schumer plays an aspiring magazine writer who’s sent to profile a high-profile sports doctor, played by Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader.
Apatow — who’s mentored such comedy superstars as Lena Dunham and Seth Rogen — had been working with Schumer on another script idea before the two of them decided to make something more personal. As a result, Schumer says, “there’s a lot of me in this movie — more than I’m proud to admit.” Those from-real-life elements extend to the movie’s supporting cast: Brie Larson plays Schumer’s on-screen sister, Kim (named after Schumer’s actual IRL sibling), while Colin Quinn stars as her father — who, like Schumer’s actual dad, is suffering from multiple sclerosis.
But as autobiographical as Trainwreck might be, Schumer swears she’s not quite as cynical about monogamy as her onscreen counterpart: “I think I’m very hopeful,” she says. “I’m so in love with the idea of it, but I’m also a realist and someone who pays attention to statistics.”
Trainwreck, also with Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live), Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer), Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler), comedian Mike Birbiglia, LeBron James (the Cleveland Cavaliers), rapper Method Man, and many more, opens July 17.
See the new poster for Trainwreck: