While the Pam & Tommy crew had trouble connecting with Pamela Anderson, actor Sebastian Stan had better luck with the real-life Tommy Lee.
The makers of Pam & Tommy still haven’t heard from the real-life Pamela Anderson, but actor Sebastian Stan did get a chance to speak with Tommy Lee about the upcoming Hulu series. The show stars Lily James as the Baywatch actress and Stan as the drummer of Mötley Crüe, chronicling the couple’s high-profile romance and eventual leaked sex tape that sparked a controversial media frenzy in the 1990s. With a supporting cast including Nick Offerman and Seth Rogen, the series is one of the most highly anticipated shows coming to Hulu in 2022, set to premiere on Feb. 2.
The hype behind Pam & Tommy is partly due to the uncharacteristic casting of James and Stan. They are better known for playing more upstanding characters like Disney’s Cinderella (James) and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Bucky Barnes (Stan). But the overall concept of Pam & Tommy has also received its brunt of criticism, particularly from Anderson’s friend, singer Courtney Love. In a since-deleted Facebook post last year, Love called out the show for causing “complex trauma” for Anderson as it rehashes a difficult period of her life. Anderson has not made any public comment on the show nor responded to the Pam & Tommy crew’s attempts to reach her. Stan seemed to have better luck getting ahold of his character’s real-life counterpart.
He and James recently graced the cover of Variety magazine and talked about the upcoming series, from their hair and makeup transformations to their methods of getting into character. While Stan didn’t elaborate on his interaction with Lee, he did confirm that the two were able to get in touch. Stan kept his comments short, telling Variety:
“[Lee] seemed touched and appreciative that I took the time to even reach out and connect.”
It’s a wonder that Stan was able to connect with Lee amid Pam & Tommy’s controversial nature, and Lee has previously praised Stan and the show’s approach to the story. Lee and Anderson’s separation from the development of Pam & Tommy is understandable, though, as it does touch on a private matter that, as Love said, likely still carries a lot of hurt and trauma. But not all players involved in real-life scandals are averse to talking about the past. Figure skater Tonya Harding and ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, for example, spoke with the filmmakers behind 2017 dark comedy I, Tonya (which also happens to star Stan)—in that case, having the input of the people who lived through the story made for a better movie.
Ahead of the show’s premiere, however, Stan, James, and the rest of the creative team behind Pam & Tommy seem to be reiterating that the show has no intention of demonizing the couple. Instead, they say, the show is meant to critique the media and cultural response toward celebrities’ private lives. Whether or not Pam & Tommy holds up to its promises is yet to be seen and will likely be up to the individual viewer’s interpretation. But perhaps after the series drops, Anderson and Lee may have more to say.
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