Jessica Chastain on Her Transformation in The Eyes of Tammy Faye [Exclusive Interview]

Jessica Chastain in The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Jessica Chastain as “Tammy Faye Bakker” in the film THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2021 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved

Awards nomination season is now in motion with films vying to get audiences and voters’ attention. One of the more remarkable films everyone will be talking about will be Jessica Chastain in The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

Chastain captured the look, the mannerism, the accent, the singing, and even down to the contagious laughter. No doubt the awards season nominating committees will have their eyes on her performance and the film.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The Eyes of Tammy Faye is an intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall, and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker. In the 1970s and 80s, Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim Bakker, rose from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park and were revered for their message of love, acceptance, and prosperity. Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, it wasn’t long before financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and scandal toppled their carefully constructed empire.

The movie also stars Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, Fredric Lehne, Louis Cancelmi, Sam Jaeger, Gabriel Olds, Mark Wystrach, and Vincent D’Onofrio. Michael Showalter directed the movie from the script written by Abe Sylvia.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta talked with actress Jessica Chastain on her 10-year preparation in this unique role as Tammy Faye. She discussed getting her looks, mannerism, and singing for the movie.

Jessica Chastain is a two-time Academy Award nominee and won or nominated for her work with LA Film Critics, British Academy of Film, National Board of Review, Screen Actors Guild, Film Independent, and many more. She stars alongside Oscar Isaac in Scenes From a Marriage, an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1970s miniseries. Currently, she is in the production of the Netflix thriller The Good Nurse opposite to Eddie Redmayne, based on the true story of serial killer Charlie Cullin. Next year, she stars in the female ensemble international spy film The 355. She will begin production soon to star as country music legend Tammy Wynette in George & Tammy. Her past films included It Chapter 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Woman Walks Ahead, The Zookeeper’s Wife, Miss Sloane, A Most Violent Year, Interstellar, Tree of Life, Lawless, Zero Dark 30¸and The Help.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye is in theaters tomorrow, September 16.

Watch the exclusive interview with Jessica Chastain below. Let us know what you think of it.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Searchlight Pictures

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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