Amy Schumer is keenly sensitive to issues of body shaming. First, she objected to having been included in a Glamour plus size issue, and now she’s opening up about having been compelled to lose weight before she was allowed to star in Trainwreck, a film which Schumer also wrote. In talking to Jonathan Ross, Amy reveals the reason Trainwreck producers wanted her to lose weight and, more to the point, vows to never shed pounds for another Hollywood role again. Schumer’s fans won’t be surprised to find that the comedian and actress employs her usual crude humor in describing why she’s comfortable being overweight, but not comfortable in being called out on it.
Trainwreck Bosses Insisted Schumer Lose Weight For The Sake Of Moviegoers
According to The Wrap, Trainwreck producers told Amy Schumer to lose weight for her role as the film’s lead, a sex crazed, heavy drinking New Yorker named after the actress herself. As is usually the case in this type of comedy film, the Trainwreck character eventually finds love, but not before she goes through a series of one-night stands and some pretty awkward morning afters.
In preparing for her Trainwreck role, Schumer says there wasn’t much she needed to do, other than that one request.
“The only change was that it was explained to me before I did that movie [Trainwreck] that if you weigh over 140 pounds as a woman in Hollywood, if you’re on the screen it will hurt people’s eyes,” says Ms. Schumer.
“I didn’t know that, so I lost some weight to do that, but never again,” she added in her segment on The Jonathan Ross Show.
Schumer has always been outspoken and the issue of body shaming is no different. Amy herself admits that she’s sensitive when her body image becomes the topic of conversation because she’s always struggled with her weight. She describes feeling uncomfortable in her own clothes and wanting to bow out of doing stand-up routines because she felt self-conscious about her appearance. It’s certainly a struggle many overweight people experience, but, as Amy Schumer points out, not quite to the extent that overweight celebrities are fat shamed.
Eventually, Schumer has become comfortable in her own skin and in talking about her body and her sex life with her common crass humor.
“I’m like 160 pounds right now, and I can catch a d— whenever I want, and that’s the truth,” Schumer said, when she accepted Glamour’s 2015 Trailblazer of the Year award.
Amy Schumer Visits Paris And Suffers From Food Poisoning
Amy Schumer and boyfriend Ben Hanisch were just away on a Paris vacation, which included sightseeing all of the trendy spots, including a visit to the Palace of Versailles, when the good times were interrupted by a bad case of food poisoning. E! News reports that Schumer first came down with the food poisoning symptoms on Monday and tried to ease her jittery stomach with some chicken soup broth, but that only seemed to agitate the problem.
Later that evening, Ms. Schumer shared another Instagram picture, revealing that she was still feeling ill.
“Thanks for everything Paris! Except the food poisoning. #nooooooooooo,” Schumer captioned that picture.
Another Instagram share revealed that Amy eventually admitted herself into the hospital for some more professional care. She shared a collection of images of herself taking a ride on a hospital gurney and even made a silly video, pretending to be looking for a new boyfriend via an online dating site.
“Hi. OK, this is my first time making one of these videos, but, you know, it’s a new time,” Schumer says in the video. “My name is Amy. I’m 35. I love just grabbing life by its horns and experiencing everything. I love music and food,” she said. “I really just want someone to share all of that with. So, I’m taking a chance.”
By Tuesday morning, Ms. Schumer reported that she was feeling fine and would be back to do her scheduled shows on time.
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