You Must Write Your Own Material: Amy Schumer Hits Homerun with “Trainwreck”

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Amy Schumer’s new film “Trainwreck” opened with a $30 million box office.  That’s impressive girl power. Especially for a film that reportedly had a budget of $35 million.

A Howard Stern interview with Schumer brought her to director Judd Apatow’s attention.  That led to a meeting of the minds on a film that Schumer would write.

It’s a lesson:  You must write your own material.

And use every connection in your arsenal to get films made in this town.

It’s who you know and who you … well, you know.

Only a few women in this town can open a film, that’s the truth.  It’s a short list.

Think about it.  Who is on that list?  It would have to include the world’s highest paid actresses.

In no particular order, my list would include the following women who can open a film:

Angelina Jolie

Meryl Streep

Jennifer Lawrence

Reese Witherspoon

Cameron Diaz

Kristen Stewart

Jennifer Aniston

Sandra Bullock

Julia Roberts

Melissa McCarthy

With this weekend’s box office, Schumer’s name has been added to that list.

There are other women who support strong opening numbers for films including Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Kristen Wiig, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Charlize Theron, Mila Kunis, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, Rachel McAdams, Shailene Woodley, Jennifer Garner, and Anne Hathaway.

Still, it’s a short list compared to their male counterparts.

Recently, Schumer told Howard Stern that big New York comedians such as Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Louis C.K. have helped her career.  Maybe they suggested she appear fearless by taking on Bill Cosby or making fun of Star Wars.  Both of those episodes garnered headlines.  And the headlines keep coming with Schumer and one of the Kardashians.  If you follow her on Twitter, she is generous with content, too.

Love her or hate her, you must admit Schumer has given herself a strong voice.

She says the unexpected.  She speaks her mind.  And she makes you laugh.  That deserves some serious box office.

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