Just two days into Pride month, and we’re already getting pictures of Jessica Chastain as the late, great Tammy Faye Bakker in the upcoming biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye. The movie is based on the 2000 documentary of the same name and co-stars Andrew Garfield as that shit-heel Jim Bakker and Sean Penn’s father-in-law Vincent D’Onofrio as Jerry Falwell. People has all the pics, and ya know what? Jessica’s Tammy Faye doesn’t seem to be Nicole Kidman-as-Lucille Ball levels of disaster.
Here’s Andrew as Jim (looking like someone pasted his face on another head) and Jessica as Tammy Faye (needs about 9,000 more layers of mascara):
Jessica Chastain Transforms Into Tammy Faye Bakker in New Biopic: I Was 'Blown Away By Her Story' https://t.co/22k6oUsLcg
— People (@people) June 2, 2021
That image is obviously from the Nightline interview the couple did to address the allegations (sexual and financial) against Jim:
Jessica posted a few more pics on her Instagram:
Jessica, who also produces, says she did almost 10 years of research on Tammy Faye to prepare for the film. She tells People:
“I just was so blown away by her and her story. The thing I loved the most about Tammy is her capacity to love. She knew what it felt like to not feel important, and she didn’t want anyone to experience that.”
Jessica goes on to say that the joke about Tammy Faye’s mascara running down her face was complete bullshit. The glamorous Earth angel always kept her raccoon eyes nice and clean:
“Here’s a woman that I had an idea of because of what I was fed about her,” adds Chastain of Tammy. “Even the thing about the mascara running down her face. There is not one picture of her with mascara running down her face in reality. But people were always making her into a clown and punishing her for the mistakes of her husband, which all throughout history women have been the victim of, atoning for the sins of men.”
Jessica says she spent four hours a day getting makeup, prosthetics, and wigs. Makeup artists made her face rounder and sealed up the dimple in Jessica’s chin.
Jessica adds that she was most surprised with Tammy’s 1985 interview with Christan gay minister and AIDS patient Steve Pieters (which inspired Tammy’s involvement and support of the LGBTQ movement), and that’s why she wanted to make the movie:
“Because in a time when people were even afraid to say AIDS, we had this female televangelist. And she was a minister too in her own right. She wasn’t just the preacher’s wife, the singer. The interview is phenomenal. It’s so beautiful and loving. And it’s such a huge turning point in terms of what people could associate God’s grace with, because I feel like she was filled with grace.”
Here’s that interview:
In 1987, Jessica Hahn accused Jim Bakker of drugging and raping while she was employed as a 21-year-old church secretary in 1980. The character isn’t listed on the biopic’s IMDb, and Jessica Chastain says:
“I found an article where Jessica was interviewed and she basically said she was re-traumatized over and over again, by people talking about the incident and about her and that she wanted to be left alone,” Chastain says. “It really helped me understand. Also because Tammy and Jessica never met, it wasn’t appropriate to use her past as salacious gossip and to further victimize her.”
Fair. Ee-nuff. But please, please Jessica, drag Jim Bakker all you want. He’s still alive and hosting The Jim Bakker Show in Missouri with his second wife Lori. Last year he got his ass sued for selling colloidal silver supplements that he claimed could cure COVID. He had a stroke that May and returned to hosting in July.
To get rid of the image of old-ass Jim Bakker actually making money hocking coronavirus cures, here’s Tammy Faye in sailor-drag singing about miracles: