By Aurora Amidon · Published on August 19, 2021
Welcome to Great expectations, a recurring series in which we break down the most important information about an upcoming movie or show. In this issue, we look at what to expect from the new biographical drama The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker are among the most controversial couples in American history. Now the infamous forced lists have their own biopic. Tammy Faye’s eyes, based on Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s 2000 documentary of the same name, is directed by Michael Showalter (The great sick) and written by Abe Sylvia (Dead for me).
Here’s everything you need to know about the movie:
Tammy Faye’s release date (and where to watch)
Tammy Faye’s eyes will be released in cinemas on September 17, 2021, after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. As of now, there is no word on its streaming plan.
Tammy Faye’s Eyes Cast
When the trailer arrives Tammy Faye’s eyes released on June 9, 2021, it shocked the Internet with the transformation of the film’s main actors. Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), who is also the producer on the film, is hardly recognizable as Tammy Faye Bakker. Andrew Garfield (The social network) plays her husband, Jim Bakker.
The cast of Tammy Faye’s eyes also includes Cherry Jones (The Maid’s Tale) as Rachel LaValley, Vincent D’Onofrio (Full metal jacket) as Jerry Falwell, Fredric Lehne (The greatest Showman) as Fred Grover, Louis Cancel min (The Irishman) as Richard Fletcher, Sam Jaeger (The Maid’s Tale) as Roe Messner, Gabriel Olds as Pat Robertson, country singer Mark Wystrach as Gary Paxon and Jay Huguley (The Walking Dead) as Jimmy Swaggart.
Tammy Faye’s eyes tells the story of the hills, from their remarkable rise to fame to the epic death of their empire. Bakker’s history begins in the 1960s, when the couple traveled around trying to make money as ministers. Their luck changed when revered observer Pat Robertson (Olds) invited them to host a show on the Christian Broadcast Network.
The couple started this success and Jim started hosting a massively popular show in the evening on the network called 700 club. Their success continued, and in the 80s, Bakkers were by far the most popular compulsive lists. Their viewers willingly handed out jaw-dropping amounts of money to the couple on a regular basis. And on this financial success, they built their own network and amusement park.
But all things must have an end, and that was certainly true of Jim and Tammy Faye’s happiness. In 1987, a former church secretary named Jessica Hahn accused Jim of sexually assaulting her and then pay her $ 200,000 to keep quiet. From that moment on, things were never the same for the once beloved duo.
Watch the trailer
Based on the trailer alone, Tammy Faye’s eyes looks quite impressive. The reasons include its suitably flashy appearance and decades of exciting history. But the most impressive part of the film has to be the transformation of the two main actors (yes – it really is Jessica Chastain!)
Check the trailer for Tammy Faye’s eyes here and see for yourself.
Jessica Chastain on her incredible transformation
In an interview with People magazine, Jessica Chastain explains that it was no joke to transform into Tammy Faye Bakker, who has such a distinct appearance. But with the help of makeup artists Linda Dowds and Stephanie Ingram, she got there with a bang. She says:
“Every moment I had something on my face. I have a recess in my chin that she did not have, so we wanted to seal it. Her face was more round than mine so I wanted things on my cheeks. Their expertise helped me just so much with my confidence to play her. ”
And, to Chastain, this laborious transformation for Tammy Faye’s eyes was worth it. As she tells People:
“I was just so amazed [Tammy Faye] and her story. What I loved most about Tammy is her ability to love. She knew how it felt not to feel important and she did not want anyone to experience it. ”
Part of that was Bakker’s insistence on being a lawyer when others felt it inappropriate for her to do so. Chastain quotes Tammy Faye’s interview with Christian gay minister and AIDS patient Steve Pieters as an important piece of her research:
“At a time when people were scared to say ‘AIDS’ at all, we had this female TV angel. And she was also a minister in herself. She was not just the preacher’s wife, the singer. The interview is phenomenal. It’s so beautiful and loving. And it’s such a big turning point in terms of what people could associate God’s grace with because I feel she was filled with grace. ”
Related topics: Andrew Garfield, Great Expectations, Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Aurora Amidon spends her days running the Great Expectations column, trying to convince people that Hostel II is one of the best movies ever. Read her most embarrassing tweets here: @aurora_amidon.
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