By Aurora Amidon Posted on August 19, 2021
welcome to High expectations, a recurring series in which we break down the most essential information about an upcoming movie or show. In this issue, we take a 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 notorious tele-evangelists have their own biopic. Tammy Faye’s eyes, based on the 2000 documentary of the same name by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, is directed by Miguel Showalter (The great sick) and written by Abe Sylvia (Dead to me).
Here’s everything you need to know about the movie:
The Eyes of Tammy Faye release date (and where to watch)
Tammy Faye’s eyes will be released in theaters on September 17, 2021, after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. As of now, there is no information about his streaming plan.
Tammy Faye’s Eyes Cast
When the trailer for Tammy Faye’s eyes came out on June 9, 2021, shocked the Internet with the transformation of the main actors of the film. Jessica chastain (Zero thirty dark), who is also a producer on the film, is almost unrecognizable as Tammy Faye Bakker. Andrew Garfield (The social network) plays her husband, Jim Bakker.
The cast of Tammy Faye’s eyes it also contains Cherry jones (The Handmaid’s Tale) as Rachel LaValley, Vincent D’Onofrio (The metal jacket) as Jerry Falwell, Endorsement Fredric (Best showman) as Fred Grover, Lewis Cancelmi (the Irish) as Richard Fletcher, Sam jaeger (The Handmaid’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 Bakkers, from their remarkable rise to fame to the epic demise of their empire. The Bakkers’ story begins in the 1960s when the couple traveled trying to earn money as ministers. Their fortunes changed when revered televangelist Pat Robertson (Olds) invited them to host a show on the Christian Broadcast Network.
The couple managed to overcome this success and Jim began to host a very popular late night show on the web called The 700 Club. Their success continued, and in the 1980s, the Bakkers were the most popular televangelists by far. Their viewers willingly handed out staggering amounts of money to the couple on a regular basis. And on this financial success, they built their own network and theme park.
But all things must come to an end, and this was certainly true for the good fortune of Jim and Tammy Faye. In 1987, a former church secretary named Jessica Hahn accused Jim of sexually assaulting her and then pay him $ 200,000 to shut up. From that point on, things were never the same for the once-loved duo.
Watch the trailer
Based on the trailer only, Tammy Faye’s eyes it looks pretty impressive. Reasons include its striking looks and its decades-long history. But the most impressive part of the movie has to be the transformation of the two main actors (yes, that’s really Jessica Chastain!)
Watch 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 transforming into Tammy Faye Bakker, who looks so different, was no joke. But, with the help of makeup artists Linda Dowds other Stephanie ingram, got there with a bang. She says:
“At every moment, I had something on my face. I have a dimple on my chin that she didn’t have, so we would seal it. His face was rounder than mine, so I would have things on my cheeks. Her experience helped a lot with my confidence when playing her. “
And, for Chastain, this laborious transformation to Tammy Faye’s eyes it was worth it. As she says People:
“I was so impressed by [Tammy Faye] and his story. What I liked the most about Tammy is her ability to love. I knew what it felt like to not feel important and I didn’t want anyone to experience that. “
Part of that was Bakker’s insistence on being an advocate when others felt it was inappropriate for her to do so. Chastain quotes Tammy Faye interview with gay Christian minister and AIDS patient Steve Pieters as an important piece of your research:
“In an age when people were even afraid to say ‘AIDS,’ we had this televangelist. And she, too, was a minister in her own right. She wasn’t just the preacher’s wife, the singer. The interview is phenomenal. It is so beautiful and loving. And it’s such a big turning point in terms of what people might associate God’s grace with because I feel like she was full of grace. “
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Aurora Amidon spends her days running the Great Expectations column and trying to convince people that Hostel II is one of the best movies of all time. Read his mostly embarrassing tweets here: @aurora_amidon.