Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Switch Makes It Real; Schumer Has No Idea She's Faking It, but It Sure Helps Her Make It

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Switch Makes It Real; Schumer Has No Idea She's Faking It, but It Sure Helps Her Make It

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Byline: WORDS: SEANNA CRONIN

There's no shortage of Hollywood films about people who have epiphanies after swapping bodies with someone else, or waking up as a younger or older version of themselves.

Big, Shallow Hal and 17 Again are just a few examples of comedies that explore the ideas of self-acceptance and stereotypes through a bit of movie magic. Joining that canon, and paying homage to those great 'switcheroo' movies, is I Feel Pretty.

The film stars comedian and actress Amy Schumer as Renee (pictured above), a woman struggling with insecurity who wakes up from a fall believing she is beautiful and capable. She may not look different to anyone else, including her best friends Vivian (Aidy Bryant) and Jane (Busy Philipps), but her new-found confidence and self-belief lead to amazing changes in her life both professionally and personally.

"The thing that attracted me to the movie was the message," says Schumer.

"It's the exact thing I wanted to communicate at the exact time. All I ever want to do is make people laugh and feel better, and I think this story does just that."

Relating to Renee was easy for Schumer, who has never shied away from sharing her own personal dating experiences in her stand-up comedy shows.

"She's a compilation of all my friends and me, and how you wish your best friends could see themselves as you see them," she says. "Renee doesn't know the potential she's working with. I hope that watching her have this kind of arc will help other people."

The most challenging aspect of the role for Schumer was playing Renee before she has her revelation.

"The biggest challenge was to play Renee before she hits her head," she says. "To really let that vulnerability and low self-esteem flow through you while you live it out on camera is hard and emotional. It's easier to play the Sasha Fierce version of her where she feels she's got it going on."

Schumer and Bryant, who plays Vivian, had already been friends when I Feel Pretty began filming. …

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