“Pam & Tommy” sums up the drama of the sex tape through the lens of MeToo

"Pam & Tommy" sums up the drama of the sex tape through the lens of MeToo

L.A, 2022-01-27 12:26:40. “Pam & Tommy” sums up the drama of the sex tape through the lens of MeToo


NEW YORK – It was a touching, if not boring, moment on Hulu’s new series, “Pam & Tommy” when Jay Leno interviewed Lily James as Pamela Anderson on “The Tonight Show” and asked her about her sex tape with then-husband Tommy Lee. “How does this kind of show feel?” Asked.

“How does it look?” Lily James replies as Anderson. “It is horrific… it is devastating.”

Jokes about the sex tape were Leno’s regular monologue fodder at the time. What might have been amusing in 1996 is unsettling in 2022.

James says this new perspective is a point in the series, based on a Rolling Stone article written by Amanda Chicago Lewis in 2014.

“We look at these stories as sort of an account and realize our guilt in the way people have been treated and how we as a society treat women, in particular, not just through the media, but on all different levels,” she said. mosques. “It’s good to spark a conversation, and it’s important for all of us to kind of look inward and look at ourselves and try to do better.”

Yes, “Pam & Tommy” recreates the rock musician and TV star’s sudden courtship and their impassioned marriage. But what’s important for viewers is that the sex tape was not leaked to the public by Anderson or Lee, nor was it sold by them either. The tape was discovered in a safe that a carpenter stole from their home (photographed by Seth Rogen, executive producer on the project) who was fired from a construction job in their home. When Lee refused to pay him or give him his tools, he crept back into the property and stole the safe, hoping there was money and valuables inside. The tape ended up exchanging different hands, selling them and also spreading it on the internet.

While the series is entertaining, funny at times, and has a good soundtrack, it can also be sad and infuriating. It has to do with how this couple infiltrated their privacy, leading to great stress in their lives and marriage. Anderson said they never made any money from the tape and she never saw it.

So, how do you start portraying a couple with larger-than-life characters, especially when neither Anderson nor Lee is involved in the project?

Lots of research, Stan says, not to mention hours in the makeup chair for both actors.

“I don’t have a single tattoo on my body, so the idea of ​​being completely covered in tattoos was nerve-wracking because I felt like I didn’t know what this was. I don’t have that confidence to go and do it,” Stan said. But then obviously, Tommy looked a certain way. There was a weight loss I kind of had to do. I had to kind of have to eat specifically, and I’d do those long fasts and then they’d run and walk, you know, try to get 20,000 steps a day. That was four months.”

James said she and Stan would “go up and down” to assess their performance.

“Sometimes you really feel like that. When you got the final makeup and the outfit and the hair and the makeup and everything that was going on, it was just so crazy to suddenly feel like your body is changing. Just acting,” James said. towards a shift that seems extreme. This part was really satisfying.”

To celebrate this experience, Stan says he wondered if he should get a real tattoo.

“I’ve thought about it a few times, but I feel like the pressure on it now is kind of like, What’s my first tattoo, you know? And I’m getting old. (He’s 39). Do I get a huge tattoo on my back? Am I in Ben Affleck’s stage yet?” (Affleck has a large phoenix tattoo on his back.)

James says there is a scene in “Pam & Tommy” where her tattoo was drawn by a famous tattoo artist, Mark Mahoney, who drew the tattoos for Anderson and Lee.

“I really want him to give me a tattoo,” she said. “But I have no idea what.”

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