Category: Pam & Tommy

Jan
19

Press: ‘Pam & Tommy’ Stars Sebastian Stan, Lily James on Justice for Pamela Anderson, Internet Infamy and That Wild Talking Penis

Variety.com –Lily James and Sebastian Stan spent months working together on the set of Hulu’s “Pam & Tommy.” Yet when they recently reunited for a photo session it was a bit jarring to both actors.

“I barely met Sebastian out of Tommy Lee, and he barely met me out of my Pamela Anderson,” James says. “It was really surreal to do even the Variety shoot. We were like, ‘Oh, hey, so that’s what you look like!’”

That’s a testament to the amount of work James and Stan put into studying and emulating the real-life characteristics of Anderson and Lee — and just how well the production’s hair, makeup and wardrobe crews perfected their physical transformation. The look is so spot-on that when Hulu released the first photos of the “Pam & Tommy” stars in May, it quickly went viral on social media. “I was blown away,” Stan says. “The hair and makeup team deserve all the accolades that they can get.”

Of course, there’s a bit of irony to “Pam & Tommy” breaking the internet. In the series, which premieres Feb. 2, James and Stan play the “Baywatch” star and Mötley Crüe drummer as the couple meet, fall in love and then make a private recording that is ultimately stolen — becoming the first infamous viral video of a burgeoning online age.

The tape was shared and played at parties like it was contraband. Dubbed VHS copies spread across the world, as it was sold and traded on the then-brand-new World Wide Web. It later inspired a whole cottage industry of celebrity sex tapes, most of which were purposely leaked — unlike this one.

“I remember hearing about it as if it was like a Yeti,” says “Pam & Tommy” executive producer D.V. DeVincentis. “Like, you couldn’t necessarily assume it was true. It definitely had this sort of aura of a rumor, and something apocryphal. And then finally somebody put it in front of me and I saw it.”

And yet, there remain many misconceptions about what really happened, and who was really to blame. Over time, the actual story of the tape’s theft and how it victimized both Anderson and Lee — but at very different levels — has been lost to the memory of late-night punchlines and sophomoric snickering.

For the stars, producers and directors of “Pam & Tommy,” there was a sense that they were on a mission to correct that record — and in particular, perhaps find a little recompense for Anderson. “Pam & Tommy” is really three stories in one: a heist thriller retracing how the tape fell into the hands of a disgruntled construction worker; an unconventional love story about two celebrities whose relationship became more public than they ever could have imagined; and a societal critique on how the media, the justice system and the public all failed Pamela Anderson.

“It’s an important story, I think, from being able to understand what the impact of that media tornado really was,” says Stan. “For them as a couple but particularly for her as a woman. I can’t imagine what having a private home video stolen from you — how that wouldn’t impact a newlywed couple.”

“Pam & Tommy” is adapted from a 2014 Rolling Stone article by Amanda Chicago Lewis that finally told the true, although somewhat unbelievable, story of how the tape went public. Lewis managed to locate and extensively interview the man who pilfered the tape, Rand Gauthier — played in the series by Seth Rogen (who also executive produces) — and he revealed the implausible tale.

Gauthier, whose father memorably played Robin Hood in “When Things Were Rotten,” was an electrician working inside Lee’s Malibu estate until the rock star fired him and his team without pay. According to the article, when Gauthier returned to pick up his tools, Lee waved a shotgun in his face and refused to let him retrieve those items. That’s when the handyman, bent on revenge, hatched a preposterous scheme: He’d sneak onto the estate by wearing a fur rug over his back to make it look like the couple’s dog, then steal a safe hidden in their garage and drive it away in a rented U-Haul.

Somehow, the plan worked. Gauthier took the safe up into the mountains and found expensive watches, jewelry and guns — plus a mysterious Hi8 videocassette. After watching the tape, Gauthier, who had dabbled in adult films, figured he’d profit off his findings. He partnered with porn-producer pal Milton “Uncle Miltie” Ingley (played by Nick Offerman in “Pam & Tommy”) to find a buyer. Continue reading

Jan
11

Photos: ‘Pam and Tommy’ Character Poster

Check out the newly released character poster of Sebastian from the upcoming HULU series ‘Pam and Tommy.’

Jan
09

Press: Sebastian Stan Talks ‘Really Wild’ Process of Transforming Into Tommy Lee for ‘Pam & Tommy’

ETOnline.com — A lot of hard work goes into a true cinematic transformation. However, Sebastian Stan and Lily James managed to truly pull it off by becoming Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson.

Stan and James set the internet on fire when the first photos of them as the rocker and the actress — in the upcoming biopic drama Pam & Tommy — were released, and Stan is giving all the credit to where it’s due: the geniuses in the hair and make-up department.

“We had the very best hair and makeup team we could’ve asked for and they just killed it,” Stan recently told ET’s Nischelle Turner while sitting down for a press junket for his upcoming action thriller The 355. “They deserve whatever awards that are given. We couldn’t have done it without them.”

According to Stan, getting the look right to play the circa-1995 Mötley Crüe rocker was “a crazy process.”

“I think it took two hours for myself and then three hours for Lily almost every morning,” he recalled. “Then you pile that on to a 12-hour day and it just definitely gets interesting by the end.”

The first look at Stan and James in costume were released in May, and many fans couldn’t believe how much the two actors looked like and embodied their real-life counterparts.

In fact, Stan says the transformations were so flawless, he essentially didn’t really even know what Lily James actually looked like until the project was finished.

“It’s really wild, with Lily, because the first time I saw her as herself was actually at the end of the shoot five months later,” he said, “and I was like, ‘Who are you?’ That’s when we actually formally met.”

Pam & Tommy premieres with the first three episodes on Wednesday, Feb. 2, with new episodes streaming weekly on Hulu.

However, fans will first see Stan on screen in The 355, starring alongside Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger and Fan Bingbing. The 355 hit theaters Jan. 7.

Jan
07

Photos: ‘Pam & Tommy’ Episodic Still, Promotional Artwork, Behind The Scenes + Trailer Screen Captures

I’ve added high quality promotional artwork, 1 episodic still and screen captures from both released trailers of Sebastian as Tommy Lee from the upcoming ‘Pam & Tommy’ miniseries which is set to premiere on HULU February 2nd.



Jan
05

News: Lily James’ Pamela Anderson and Sebastian Stan’s Tommy Lee Face Scandal in ‘Pam & Tommy’ Trailer

people.com — PEOPLE exclusively premieres the official trailer for Hulu’s Pam & Tommy, which chronicles the fallout after Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s sex tape was leaked.

Hulu’s Pam & Tommy is almost here.

PEOPLE has the exclusive first look at the new official trailer for the upcoming eight-episode series, premiering on Feb. 2. The show will tell Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s love story, as well as that of their infamous leaked sex tape and the scandal that followed. Lily James and Sebastian Stan star as Anderson and Lee.

The trailer shows a disgruntled former employee of the famous couple, Rand Gauthier (Seth Rogen), and his friend Uncle Miltie (Nick Offerman), stealing and watching the sex tape Anderson and Lee made on their honeymoon in 1995.

“This is so private, it’s like we’re seeing something we’re not supposed to be seeing,” Miltie says.

When they try to sell it though, Andrew Dice Clay’s Butchie tells the pair: “Nobody’s ever getting rich off a celebrity sex tape.”

Later, Gauthier suggests, “What if we sold it someplace nobody could find us? A website!”

“A what site?” his partner in crime replies.

Gauthier and Miltie’s scheme begins working. Anderson discovers the leaked tape while on the Baywatch set, wearing her iconic red swimsuit, of course.

Amid her panic, Lee doesn’t grasp the gravity of the situation. “You don’t seem to understand what a big deal this is,” Anderson says.

“I’m on that tape just the same as you,” the Mötley Crüe drummer responds, to which she says: “But this is worse for me.”

Anderson, now 54, married Lee, now 59, on a beach in Mexico in 1995 after dating for just four days. They would go on to welcome sons, Brandon, 24, and Dylan, 23, before divorcing in 1998.

Sue Naegle, one of the producers, and DV DeVincentis, who co-wrote the show with Robert Siegel, tell PEOPLE about how Pam & Tommy felt particularly relevant today and why a limited series was the best way to execute their vision.

“Having lived through that time in our culture, it seemed like a good moment to reexamine what happened to Pam and Tommy in 1995 through a 2022 lens,” Naegle says. “There was so much happening with the birth of the internet and this tape really shaped celebrity culture and the invasive paparazzi we know today. The story has so many moving parts, it needed to be told in a series.”

DeVincentis adds, “For one thing, the story is certainly too complex and sprawling to be told in the timeframe of a feature film. This story is so meaningful and powerful to revisit 25 years later because of how Pamela Anderson was misrepresented, misunderstood and underestimated. And it sort of rhymes with what so many women still go through, if not publicly then privately. For me, the instinct to reexamine what happened to her, retell and reframe it, was similar to what pulled me toward Marcia Clark in the OJ Simpson story. Both Pam and Marcia were targeted unfairly, harassed as they defended themselves, then left adversely redefined when the news cycle moves on.”

Technology has changed so much since 1995, especially with social media and how information is spread online. Continue reading

Dec
27

Video: ‘Pam & Tommy’ Trailer

New ‘Pam & Tommy’ trailer was released via Hulu.

Dec
15

Press: Lily James & Sebastian Stan Tapped To Play Pam Anderson & Tommy Lee In Event Series For HULU

Deadline.com — Hulu has had its fair share of high-profile series, but the streamer now is set to profile one of Hollywood’s more iconic couples and the scandal that shook the industry when it comes to celebrity privacy.

Sources tell Deadline that Lily James and Sebastian Stan are on board to play former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee in a new limited series for Hulu going by the working title Pam & Tommy. The rockstar couple’s relationship dominated the tabloids for years, including the scandal of when their sex tape from their honeymoon was stolen and leaked to the public. Seth Rogen is on board to play the man who stole the tape, with I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie helming the series and Rob Siegel writing. Rogen is also producing the project along with his partner Evan Goldberg through their Point Grey banner along with Dylan Sellers through Limelight and Sue Naegle and Megan Ellison at Annapurna. The eight-episode series will shoot in the spring.

Point Grey has spearheaded the development as Rogen and Goldberg brought the original idea to the table.

While the scandalous event will play a major part in the series, the story will have a big focus on their relationship going back to their whirlwind romance that started with them marrying after only knowing each other for 96 hours in 1995. The leaked VHS tape turned into quite the legal dispute, with Anderson suing the video distribution company Internet Entertainment Group. Ultimately, the Lees entered into a confidential settlement deal with IEG. Thereafter, the company began making the tape available to subscribers to its websites again, resulting in triple the normal traffic.

Anderson and Lee are not involved in Pam & Tommy though insiders say they are aware since the project has been in development since earlier this year when James first was brought on to play Anderson. The project has gained momentum in recent months with the addition of Gillespie and Stan, and now it looks to be well on its way to production.

Point Grey has been busy on the producing end as of late with such hits as Good Boys and American Pickle, which also starred Rogen.

James already has a busy fall with Netflix drama Rebecca, which also stars Armie Hammer. She next can be seen in The Dig on Netflix opposite Carey Mulligan. She also recently signed on to the Working Title pic What’s Love Got to Do With It. Stan and Gillespie already have strong ties following their time on I, Tonya together. The Captain America star is set to reprise his role of the Winter Soldier in Marvel’s Falcon and the Winter Soldier series premiering in 2021.

Gillespie is also no stranger to taking on this material having done it already with Stan in I, Tonya. The film landed several Oscar nominations outside-the-box telling of the Tonya Harding story and the plot to injure her rival Nancy Kerrigan during the Olympic trials. When execs tapped Gillespie the hope is he could bring the same tone for this project that he did with that one.