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Comedian Amy Schumer brought her new hit Trainwreck to Locarno Film Festival. The film plays Saturday night on the Piazza Grande to a crowd of 8,000 in the idyllic Swiss town.
The comedian spoke to European press about developing her own brand, the perception of male magazines vs. female magazines and the sexiness of humor.
Schumer was also asked to comment on America’s problems with gun control, following the fatal shooting during a Trainwreck screening in Lafayette, La. in late July.
“You know it’s really not my area of expertise but it really upset me,” said Schumer in Locarno. “It felt really personal to me. In terms of what’s going on in our Congress and why this has been such an ongoing issue is very frustrating.”
As to the reason the U.S. can’t get a handle on its gun control issues, Schumer responded, “I think it’s money.”
“I just felt the need to get involved because of how personal that event felt and how upset it made me feel,” she said.
On August 3, Schumer spoke with her second cousin once removed, Senator Chuck Schumer, at a press conference in New York. They unveiled a three-pronged attack on gun violence to push congress toward background checks and mental health and substance abuse program funding.
The actress also spoke to the topic of putting herself in her film. “This is based on my life. Personally, with all the alcohol and sleeping around, that was my behavior when I was in a lot of pain,” she said.
“And I lost my self-esteem. I don’t think personally that behavior is healthy. I thought Samantha, the character in Sex and the City, if one of my friends were behaving like her, I would take her to the hospital,” said Schumer. “And for me that’s what I went through. And I realized I wasn’t just hurting myself, but I was hurting everybody around me, including the people closest to me, for watching me be that destructive.”
She continued, “The character’s arc, which was also my arc, is it’s really hard to let someone love you. I think the journey that Amy goes through is that at the end she looks at herself and realizes that she is worthy of love and she can modify her behavior.”
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