As Mother’s Day approaches, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn will arrive in theaters with what is perhaps the timeliest and most entertaining mom-themed movie in years, Snatched.
In the film, Schumer and Hawn play a mother and daughter who reluctantly go on an exotic vacation together when the dude Schumer’s character is dating suddenly dumps her. But as mom and daughter are sunning in paradise, a little off-the-beaten-path adventure leads to a kidnapping, violence and two of this summer’s most unassuming action heroes.
Snatched also marks the first film for Goldie Hawn since 2002’s The Banger Sisters. When Fandango caught up with Schumer and Hawn recently for a chat, we wanted to know what it was about this film that convinced the veteran actress to return to the big screen for the first time in over a decade.
“First of all, a mother-daughter with Amy Schumer,” she said. “Secondly, Amy Schumer and I are a match. For me, humorwise and truthwise – playing comedy and tragedy together, which she does brilliantly. And that’s something I’ve always done; I believe comedies are tragedies turned on their face. It was a perfect match. “
Hawn added that she had made it a priority in her life to not work at the same time as her longtime partner, Kurt Russell, so that she could be there to raise their family. Now that the kids are out of the house, both Hawn and Russell – who had two major movies, The Fate of the Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in theaters one month apart – are flexing their acting muscles in a big way.
Also, once Hawn met Schumer and saw how much they had in common, doing the film was a no-brainer.
“After getting to know her, the way we work is similar, the way we think is similar and the way we party is similar,” she said. “We like to be with each other. All of it made for a perfect reason to come back.”
Schumer said that as soon as she read the script, she pictured it with Goldie Hawn.
“It was always Goldie,” she said. “As someone who has loved her my whole life, to have her want to work with me and be in scenes with her is amazing. I never even dreamed of something like that for myself.”
Who has had the crazier real-life vacations?
“She has a million, by the way,” Schumer said, pointing toward Hawn. “We will be at a restaurant, and someone will come over to her and be like, “Hi, you met my husband at a bazaar in Calcutta.” And she’s like, “Oh, I remember Troy.” I’d be like, “Where were you yesterday? And she’d say, “Oh, I met these guys and we rode in a helicopter and golfed.” She has so many stories.”
Tell us more, Goldie!
“Yeah, I’ve had a bunch of them,” Hawn admitted. “They’re not that crazy. I have done things. I don’t know if we’d call them vacations, but it’s just traveling. And I’m open. I think with that fearlessness, you can get into a lot of interesting situations.”
What separates this from summer’s other comedies?
Schumer: I don’t know what other movies are coming out and I don’t want you to mention them in this article [laughs]. Look, this movie is really funny.
Hawn: It’s grounded in truth, which is what makes it funnier. It’s a relatable, nonstop action experience. There are no lulls in this movie. It’s not boring. You want to see what happens next. You care about these people.
On what the Snatched stars have planned for Mother’s Day…
Schumer: I personally remember it’s Mother’s Day at 3 p.m., and I scramble to call my mom, get flowers and then we make plans for a week later to do something. I’m not on it.
Hawn: Mother’s Day for me is a big day because we have the whole family. So it’s my day, they wait on me, and I get to do whatever I want. The kids send me flowers.
Goldie Hawn, on the most important role she’s ever had…
Goldie Hawn with daughter Kate Hudson
Hawn: The thing with Mother’s Day… I want to share this. Someone asked me a while back when I was promoting The First Wives Club, who am I? Are you a wife? Are you a mother? Are you an actress? Are you a producer? What are you first? It was a great question because I felt like none of those. I’m a daughter first because that is who I am, and if I don’t accept being a good daughter and the right kind of daughter, then I can’t be the right kind of mother for my children, or be the right kind of person. To me that was the relationship – my mother had just died – and so I can’t say that I am that now, but to me that was the most important role in my life… being a daughter.
Schumer: This movie really highlights that, too. It shows it from both perspectives, from a mother’s and a daughter’s.
Snatched hits theaters on May 12. Consider your Mother’s Day plans officially set.