Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to go to a panel discussion at AOL for Trainwreck. I stood in the same room as Judd Apatow, Bill Hader, and Vanessa Bayer and smiled like a crazy person as they talked about the casting process, filming, and fielded some questions from the audience. I didn't get to ask one of my own, but the one I had at the top of my list was answered within the first three minutes. I had heard that Amy Schumer wrote the script and that it was semi autobiographical so I was curious, seeing the cast, how much of it was improvised. The answer: a good portion. How could you not just let Bill Hader throw a few lines in there? I also learned some fun facts, like that Kristen Wiig's part in Knocked Up was all her. The part wasn't in the script, Judd Apatow brought her in and let her do her thing. They compared Vanessa's role in this film to that, small but memorable, the kind of thing that leads to much bigger things. What was probably my favorite bit was the result of a question from the audience. Their favorite SNL sketches, characters, etc. A few weeks ago I made an attempt at at answering the same question. I felt cheesy saying "the van down by the river". Everyone loves that one. It's a popular choice, but it also is most likely to be the one someone who's not very familiar with the show would say, "oh yeah, of course, that one... with the, yes, right." I thought a lot about my answer afterward, hoping it didn't sound cheap. Both Vanessa and Bill answered the same. It's always so fascinating to hear answers like that.
I saw the movie over the weekend. While I'm not generally a fan of the loud character Amy plays, I have gradually come around, she is so smart and talented. I really loved the movie. It was funny, sweet, and sad. There were a few parts that made me tear up and many more that made me laugh. And as I do with most movies that I really like, I thought about it after leaving the theater, the things that I liked and didn't. I'd hate to give anything away, so I'll keep quiet but I do want to share this one little bit that was discussed in the panel. There was a part where Amy and Bill's characters were having an argument, and Judd directed Bill to fall asleep. Apparently that had been a thing that Judd did during a discussion with his wife, so they put it in the movie. I loved that.
Have you seen Trainwreck? If so, what did you think?