Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield are reworked within the first trailer for Searchlight’s The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Chastain specifically seems like nothing we have ever seen from her earlier than because the titular Tammy Faye Bakker, the American Christian singer, writer and televangelist who, alongside her husband Jim Bakker, created The PTL Membership.
Directed by Michael Showalter (The Massive Sick, Moist Scorching American Summer season), and primarily based on the documentary of the identical title by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, The Eyes of Tammy Faye is an intimate have a look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.
Within the Seventies and 80s, Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband, Jim Bakker, rose from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest non secular broadcasting community and theme park, and have been revered for his or her message of affection, acceptance and prosperity. Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace folks from all walks of life. Nonetheless, it wasn’t lengthy earlier than monetary improprieties, scheming rivals, and scandal toppled their rigorously constructed empire.
The venture has amassed an exemplary forged alongside leads Jessica Chastian and Andrew Garfield, together with Cherry Jones as Rachel LaValley, Vincent D’Onofrio as Jerry Falwell, Fredric Lehne as Fred Grover, Mark Wystrach as Gary Paxton, Sam Jaeger as Roe Messner, Gabriel Olds as Pat Robertson, and Jay Huguley as Jimmy Swaggart.
A lot of the film’s advertising and marketing will little doubt encompass Jessica Chastain’s unrecognizable transformation. Sure, that phrase is used quite a bit in terms of actors altering their look to play a real-life particular person, nevertheless it definitely applies right here. Chastain, greatest recognized for roles within the likes of Interstellar, The Martian, and the horror sequel It Chapter Two, in addition to her Oscar nods for The Assist and Zero Darkish Thirty, reportedly spent 4 hours within the make-up chair every single day with a purpose to reshape her face into that of Tammy Faye.
“Every moment, I had something on my face,” Jessica Chastain stated of the intensive make-up course of. “I have a dimple in my chin that she didn’t have, so we would seal that up. Her face was more round than mine, so I would have things on my cheeks. Their expertise just helped me so much with my confidence in playing her.”
Away from the bodily transformation, The Eyes of Tammy Faye gave Chastain to inform a narrative that she feels shouldn’t be solely fascinating for audiences, but in addition essential. “I just was so blown away by her and her story,” Chastain stated of her resolution to affix the venture. “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.”
In the end, it was Bakker’s advocation of LGBTQ rights and her interview with Christian homosexual minister and AIDS affected person Steve Pieters that impressed Chastain to signal on as Tammy Faye. “In a time when people were even afraid to say ‘AIDS,’ we had this female televangelist,” the actress continued. “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.”
The Eyes of Tammy Faye is scheduled to be launched on September 17, 2021, by Searchlight Photos, having been moved ahead kind an unique launch date of September 24, 2021.