IN THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, the metamorphosis of Jessica Chastain

Post by Alexis Lebrun March 23, 2022

Unknown, the American actress can be seen with this biopic signed Michael Showalter in one of her biggest roles, similar to her third Oscar nomination, where she will face big competition on Sunday. Meanwhile, IN THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE will air on March 23 at Disney+, as the movie’s theatrical release has sadly been canceled in France.

Permanent false eyelashes and eyebrow tattoos

Tammy Faye is hardly known in France, but on the other side of the Atlantic, she is a true icon of American television. For about fifteen years, she was the star of a so -called “televangelist” religious program, The PTL (Praise the Lord) Club, also known as the Tammy Show. Along with her husband, Jim Bakker, Tammy preached the good word to all Americans by singing especially in movies in a kitsch unimaginable today. Because Tammy Faye isn’t a strict looking stuck-up mustache. Always adorned with make-up so awesome that she’s already made a mark, she’s a “bigger than life” woman whose straight destiny is perfectly tailored to a bright biopic that Hollywood wants.

And that’s exactly what IN THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE would have been. Michael Showalter’s film doesn’t focus on a single stage in the character’s life: it narrates her rise to television, her downfall due to the many scandals involving her husband, and the inevitable redemption, because despite her fundamentalist roots, Tammy Faye is known publicly for her openness to LGBT and AIDS patients, especially in the early stages of the epidemic. Suffice it to say that with her big mouth and her message of unconditional love, Tammy Faye was battling ultra-conservative America at the time. And if you are the head of the largest evangelical TV channel in the world, but also a Christian theme park and money is flowing, it is inevitable that you will make some enemies rushing to overthrow this empire.

Jessica Chastain, touched by grace?

To get into shoes in such a way, you need an artist who is willing to spend 4 to 7 hours a day filming to get an impressive dose of prosthetic makeup. A goldsmith’s work logically awarded the BAFTA with the best make-up and hairstyles, before perhaps an Oscar in this category as well. Despite this remarkable change and her “total” interpretation (she sang all of Tammy Faye’s titles in the film), Jessica Chastain is not the favorite in the best actress category, where competition is fierce. During the 2012 and 2013 editions, he already missed his first statue for his roles in LA COULEUR DES SENTIMENTS (Tate Taylor, 2011) then the controversial ZERO DARK THIRTY by Kathryn Bigelow (2012).

Since then, Jessica Chastain has entered another Hollywood dimension, a status change that has been illustrated, among other things, by her move into production. He was the backbone of Michael Showalter’s film: he bought the rights to adapt Tammy Faye’s life in 2012 before concreting the project in 2019. In addition to Chastain’s presence in the lead role, the film also benefited from the contribution in the casting of another actor in this year’s run for the Oscars, Andrew Garfield. The named actor for his amazing performance in TICK, TICK … BOOM! (2021) there are all sorts of perfect options to include Tammy Faye’s husband, and we only regret not taking advantage of her vocal qualities discovered in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s film released on Netflix. It remains to be hoped that director Michael Showalter will confirm IN THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE the promises seen in his romantic comedy THE BIG SICK (2017), which was nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay in 2017 .

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