On her Comedy Central show, Amy Schumer isn’t afraid to “go there” — firing off potty-mouth jokes, boasting of sexual conquests and relishing in her subversive egotism.
It’s a formula the “Inside Amy Schumer” star brings to the big screen vehicle “Trainwreck,” which she wrote and stars alongside Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Bayer, LeBron James and Colin Quinn, in theaters July 18.
For the unfiltered comedienne, 34, it’s the F-word – as in feminist – that makes most people wince in her presence.
“I’ve had a bunch of pressure for the movie, and they’re like, ‘Do you identify as a feminist?’ They can’t even say the word,” Schumer said during a Twitter fan Q&A on Friday.
“Yeah, of course. I feel like you don’t know what that means if you don’t say you’re a feminist. Do you not think women should have economic, social, financial equality? That’s just crazy. You’re crazy then.”
She continued: “I don’t feel any pressure, it’s just in me and comes out. It’s like poop.”
Schumer’s interpretation of female empowerment was on show – in her unapologetic form – on June 3 at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards as she accepted the Trailblazer Award.
She recalled her acceptance speech: “There were cameras there. I was like, ‘Is this going to be for TV?’ And they were like, ‘No, no, this is going to be for our archives.’ And you’ve all seen that, I said, ‘I’m 160 pounds and can catch a d**k whenever I want.’ To think that just a room like this is going to hear it and to wake up to 2 million hits… that’s a thing.”
In “Trainwreck,” helmed by Judd Apatow, she plays a career-obsessed, serial dating man-eater who finally meets a good guy.
Asked what she hopes moviegoers will take away from the comedy, she responded: “I hope that the audience laughs and feels better about themselves and is less likely to judge someone and label them without knowing what’s really going on? Hashtag comfort.”