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Amy Schumer Urged to Lose Weight for ‘Trainwreck’: ‘If You Weigh Over 140 Pounds…It Will Hurt People’s Eyes’

The actress said she would never again let someone convince her to lose weight for a role.

Even after writing and being slated to star in the comedy “Trainwreck,” Amy Schumer was shocked to be asked to lose weight for the role she created. In a new interview on “The Jonathan Ross Show,” the actress revealed that she was shamed into shedding pounds before filming started.

“It was explained to me before I did that movie that if you weigh over 140 pounds as a woman in Hollywood, if you’re on the screen, it will hurt people’s eyes,” she recalled. Schumer ultimately succumbed to the pressure and dropped a few pounds before filming.

“I didn’t know that so I lost some weight to do that, but never again,” she added.

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Since then, Schumer has been vocal about appreciating her body and not letting Internet trolls shame her. With her humor she hopes to inspire other women to love themselves.

“I love being in my own skin, and I hope other women start feeling better about themselves and waste less energy being ashamed of their bodies,” the comedian told GQ last year.

She also previously opened up on the “Today” show about her body issues, revealing that it’s something she’s struggled with all her life, “Especially just being in the entertainment industry. Standing on a stage in front of people, I can’t perform my best or be confident if I’m not sure — if I’m pulling at something [I’m wearing],” she explained. “And sometimes, I would just want to throw in the towel and be like, ‘I’m not gonna go do stand-up tonight.’”

Schumer can next be seen in the Jason Hall film “Thank You for Your Service,” and is working with Goldie Hawn on an untitled comedy.

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