Comedian Amy Schumer was convinced that only one actress could play her mother on the big screen: Goldie Hawn, the comedy star of classic comedies as Shampoo and Private Benjamin. The studio executives behind Snatched, Schumer’s newest mother-daughter comedy, thought she might want to consider other actresses for the role, however — after all, Hawn hadn’t appeared in a movie for 15 years. Director Jonathan Levine remembers asking Hawn questions during their first meeting, like, “Why haven’t you worked in so long? What do you think the challenges of going back to work will be? Do you think you’ll be able to learn lines?” While Schumer was visibly embarrassed by the director’s inquisition, Hawn said she didn’t care. “You can’t be upset with someone because they’re not thinking about you for a movie,” she told The Los Angeles Times. “That’s the way it goes. It’s horse racing.”
Eventually, the 71-year-old actress landed the role and Schumer got along swimmingly. “Have you ever met anybody where you just go, ‘I get you?’ Doesn’t need a lot of talk. We didn’t have huge, long conversations. But you feel them,” Hawn explained. “We’re two instruments, and we’re different, but we’re playing the same symphony.” Schumer has had an incredibly busy few years since her hit movie Trainwreck debuted two years ago. She worked so hard that by the time she started filming Snatched, she had to deal with a bronchitis that landed her in the hospital for a week, shutting down production. “I’ll never book myself like that again. That period’s over,” she said. “I no longer feel that urgency to showcase what I can do. I’m not, like, ‘What’s the role? Will I get an award?’ I’m like, ‘Get out of here. What will feel good? What can I do best?’”
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