Jessica Chastain becomes notorious televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in early biopic stills Tammy Faye’s eyes. The real Tammy Faye Messner passed away in 2007 at the age of 65. But the only television personality and comedy punchline will live again in an upcoming movie by The great sick director Michael Showalter.
Tammy Faye’s eyes in fact, it marks the culmination of a long production journey for Chastain, who first acquired the rights to the Tammy Faye Bakker story in 2012. A large part of that story, of course, is the length of time that Bakker was married to. Jim Bakker, an evangelist who became famous through his television show The PTL Club but later became infamous when it was revealed that he had paid money to silence former Secretary Jessica Hahn for an alleged rape. Andrew Garfield plays Jim Bakker alongside Chastain in a cast that also includes Cherry Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio, Fredric Lehne, Mark Wystrach, Sam Jaeger, Gabriel Olds, and Jay Huguley.
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Searchlight Pictures has now offered a first look at Chastain, Garfield and company in Tammy Faye’s eyes with a series of images. See photos in space below (via People):
Obviously, the movie will cover several years in the lives of Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker, as the images above show. Of course, it will also delve into the time period when Jim Bakker was embroiled in a scandal, even being questioned by Ted Koppel in Nightline, and Tammy Faye became the butt of jokes in SNL, SCTV and elsewhere thanks to his heavily made-up appearance and strangely bubbly manners. But Chastain herself makes it clear that her portrayal of Tammy Faye will not lean toward the cartoonish, but instead will present the widely mocked figure in a more understanding light. Chastain said People:
“Here’s a woman that I had an idea about because of what I was fed from her. Even the mascara running down her face. Actually, there is no picture of her with mascara running down her face. But people always turned her into a clown and punished her for her husband’s mistakes, of which throughout history women have been victims, atoning for the sins of men. “
Chastain also talks about watching interviews with Bakker where he ran into her “ability to love. “Clearly, Chastain hopes her performance will do something to rehabilitate Bakker’s image decades after she entered the public eye under the worst possible circumstances and was subjected to enormous ridicule, becoming fixed in pop culture memory as a figure. largely negative. It remains to be seen whether Tammy Faye’s eyes succeeds in making people who remember the PTL scandal see its main characters in a different light, but there’s no question that the story of Tammy Faye Bakker and how that scandal happened is compelling. There is also no doubt that Oscar winner Chastain is the ideal person to bring this story to life, given not only her acting skills, but also her desire to go beyond the headlines, and the auctions, and find the real person. Tammy Faye’s eyes hits theaters on September 17, 2021.
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