Woody Allen Says Amy Schumer Is a Better Comic Than He Is

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Woody Allen wasn’t aware that Trainwreck, the Judd Apatow–directed movie starring Amy Schumer, references his 1979 movie Manhattan in a romantic montage. Schumer and co-star Bill Hader re-create the iconic scene where Allen and Diane Keaton are sitting on a bench underneath the 59th Street Bridge, when she says, "I think this is where Woody met Soon-Yi."

"I didn't know. This is the first time I'm hearing it," Allen told Vulture when we caught up with him at a screening for Irrational Man, hosted by the Cinema Society and Fiji Water. That said, Allen is familiar with Schumer and says he's a fan of her work. "You know, being a comedian myself, I have a tremendous admiration and respect for all these people," he said. "I used to think that, Oh, I was so great, and there's so many comedians, and they're second-rate. And then I watched them on cable television, and I thought, My God, I'm nowhere near as good as any of these people! I have a tremendous respect for all of them; it's amazing how good they are and how much better than I was all of them are, including her."