I’m a pretty big connoisseur of film. I don’t get the chance to watch movies like I did back in the day, but I still keep up with awards season and stuff like that. Often, you’ll see actors that have to transform themselves for a role and it’s often physically. Think about Jared Leto in Dallas Buyer’s Club, or Tom Hanks in Philadelphia. The character they had to portray required them to go an extra mile beyond just acting skill. Is this unfair? I don’t believe so. It’s what they had to do in order to make their performance really resonate with filmgoers.
Enter Amy “Slab-O-Ham” Schumer. I watched her Trainwreck movie late last year. It actually wasn’t too bad, even though I’m not a huge fan of hers, obviously. But now she’s complaining that the financial powers that be behind the film wanted her to come in below 140 pounds. That’s not exactly a stick figure, by the way. Read what she had to say about this meager request, though…
Amy Schumer slimmed down for her hit movie “Trainwreck” because, well, she was sort of shamed into it.
“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,” the 35-year-old said during an appearance on “The Jonathan Ross Show,” which will air Saturday.
Schumer said she obliged and lost weight for the role in which she played Amy, a polygamous, heavy-drinking New Yorker who finds herself falling for a sports doctor.
“I didn’t know that, so I lost some weight to do that, but never again,” she added.
I think this tweet puts everything I’ve just written above, along with her whining, into the proper perspective…
But no, instead of it being part of the fucking work you have to do if you want certain roles, Amy Schumer is trying to turn it into a sexism thing. It’s much easier than putting down the KFC and Haagen-Daz for a few months in order to get in shape for a role. Obviously, I’ve struggled with weight issues as well, before anyone says I’m a hypocrite. The thing is, no one is asking me to get in tip-top shape in exchange for millions of dollars. If they were, I would do whatever they asked. Plus, think about all the specialized chefs and trainers this fraud has access to.
The whole thing is pathetic, which isn’t much of a surprise when you think about who we’re dealing with here.