Pamela Smart has obviously not blossomed into any sort of cineaste whilst serving a life sentence. In a recent interview, she revealed that she has some issues with Nicole Kidman’s performance in 1996’s To Die For, the fictionalized account of her life and crimes. Nicole played Pam as a fame-hungry & murderous dummy with barely concealed rage issues and a willingness to nail kids from the voc/tech. Pam feels that ain’t her.
First, a refresher. Pamela was the New Hampshire high school “media coordinator” (that’s a nice term for “student fucker”) who sexed one of the kids at her school into offing her husband. Everyone involved was caught and sent to the clink. Pam was interviewed for a show called Murder Made Me Famous (#murica) that aired last night on the Reelz Channel. I don’t know how I missed this because true crime is my lifeblood (Again – #murica. You give me a corpse, a husband-under-suspicion, and Dateline NBC asking one of the corpse’s family members to pose on the front porch looking thoughtfully into the horizon in a casual sweater set from Chico’s, and I’m your girl.
“It was embarrassing,” Smart says. “I mean, she played me as like a complete airhead. And I’m not that person. So it’s hard because I’m constantly hated for being something. I’d probably hate myself if I didn’t know myself, based on what they say.”
Uh, well you DID get a mean teen from the school you worked at to blow your husband away, figuring a high school student could keep a secret? It wasn’t the brightest move in the annals of crime.
Pammy also feels that Nicole should have gotten her blessing (or at the very least asked her what brand of panties she favors for realism’s sake) before getting in front of the camera.
“She never came to see me,” Smart continues. “She never spoke to me. She never tried to find out anything to the contrary of, you know, the script that they gave her. And that she played a one dimensional character.”
If you’re thinking “I highly doubt Nicole Kidman gives two icicles about this woman’s tragedy,” you’re probably right. And nor should she. To Die For is cinematic excellence, and it IS Nicole’s greatest performance apart from pretending that Tom Cruise wasn’t a creepy religious zealot for 11 years. Lighten up, jailbird!
Feast your eyes upon Nicole at the Whatsonstage Theatre Awards at the Prince of Wales Theatre last month in the gallery below. What’s on stage? Embroidery gone awry!