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Thursday 8 December 2016

Amy and Judd enjoy a 'magical Irish moment'

Amy Schumer at the Trainwreck premiere
Amy Schumer at the Trainwreck premiere
Bill Hader, Amy Schumer, director Judd Apatow and Vanessa Bayer on the red carpet at the Savoy
Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow ‘crashed’ a wedding party in Grogan’s pub, where Glen Hansard sang and played guitar

Hollywood stars Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow enjoyed a "magical Irish moment" when they took part in an afternoon sing-song with Glen Hansard.

The pair yesterday took a break from the promotional tour for their new comedy Trainwreck to crash a wedding party in Grogan's pub.

"We didn't technically crash it," Judd laughed. "We just happened to be there for a pint when the married couple came in.

"Glen Hansard happened to be there as well and he played some music and the whole bar started singing, so we had our magical Irish moment."

Dublin marks the end of their international press tour, with Schumer saying: "We've been celebrating since we got here."

The A-listers have been staying at the luxury five-star Westbury Hotel, off Grafton Street, and were spotted enjoying dinner and drinks at top steak house Shanahan's on the Green on Thursday night.

After enjoying some of the best pints in the city yesterday afternoon, Amy and Judd hot-footed it to the Savoy cinema to join Bill Hader and Vanessa Bayer for the Irish premiere of their new comedy.

Trainwreck tells the story of "a commitment-phobic" journalist - played by Schumer - who likes to party and who "may have to face her fears" when she meets sports doctor, Aaron (Bill Hader).

Bridesmaids producer Apatow said as soon as he read Amy's script he knew he wanted to direct the movie.

"It was all about Amy. We got along and, as soon as I read it, I knew I needed to be behind the camera. I couldn't think of a director who could do it better than me," he said.

Funny

"She's really, really funny and frank and she takes giant risks; she has a lot to say."

Amy rubbishes critics who say the gender roles have been reversed in the film as her character likes to party and go on lots of dates.

"I don't know why people say that. All the women I've spoken to are like: 'That's so me', but I guess it was true for myself," she said.

One of the surprise stars of the movie was basketball superstar Lebron James, who plays himself and advises Bill Hader's character, Aaron, on his love life.

"I knew he would be fine but then he came in and he was as funny as everyone on the movie. He approached it as a comedian and he was awesome," Apatow said.

Saturday Night Live stalwart Vanessa Bayer said it was a "dream" to work with Tilda Swinton, who plays her and Amy's eccentric boss in the film.

Shouting

"I was scared to meet her and she was lovely, but she plays such a scary character, so it was terrifying to have her shout at me - but I think it added more comedy to it," Vanessa said.

At a special Q&A session on Thursday night, Panti Bliss advised Schumer to look up Irish comedian Sharon Horgan - which she duly did.

"I followed her on Twitter to see what she's up to and I'm going to check her out," she said.

Irish funny woman Maeve Higgins has previously starred on her TV show and Amy said she would love to work with her again.

"She's hilarious. I didn't realise she had moved to New York, but I would love to work with her again," she said.

Other well-known faces at the premiere included actresses Amy Huberman and Norma Sheehan.

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