After its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film Tammy Faye eyes It also recently premiered in New York City. Directed by Michael Showalter, the film starred Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield as Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, popular televangelists of the 80s.
After the premiere, in an interview with the late show Host Stephen ColbertChastain – who is also the film’s producer – revealed why she wanted to make a film on Faye’s life, which was the source of many jokes in the popular media even at its peak.
Who was Tammy Faye?
Jim Bakker and Faye were a married couple who took the path of religious preaching together. The couple had a show called PTL Club And a Christian theme park in the 80s.
Faye, in particular, was known for her peculiar voice and singing, as well as her over-the-top makeup and heavy eyes. As a televangelist, his beliefs were quite different from those of many other televangelists and religious preachers of the time.
But her reputation took a hit when her husband got embroiled in several scandals. First, a sexual misconduct charge and then a financial fraud charge landed Jim Bakker in prison. Both got divorced in 1992.
Faye continued her work and married a second time. He died of colon cancer in 2007.
Chastain wanted to convince Tammy Faye for her work, which is not talked about
Chastain bought the rights to a documentary on Faye and spent 10 years developing it into a film. He remembered Faye for her highly emotional television personality in the tabloids and comedies while growing up in the ’80s.
“She was a televangelist and very passionate and she is fodder for comedy,” Chastain said.
When Chastain was on her 2013 film tour zero Dark Thirty, she came in the documentary Tammy Faye eyes who gave her information she never knew about Faye. This saw Faye being independent from her husband, Bakker.
“His[Faye] The husband was charged and convicted of the crimes and she never was,” Chastain said. “Yet, he was still maligned by the media. So I wanted to go back and celebrate her for the things she did and say, instead of slandering her for how much makeup she wore — which was history. “
Tammy Faye had an acceptable view of the LGBTQ community
Chastain wanted to do justice to the “larger than life” and humorous personality that Faye was. More importantly, she wanted to shed light on Faye’s work that often went unintentionally, such as her acceptance of the LGBTQ community.
“In 1985, the AIDS epidemic was killing communities of people, destroying families, and she actually wrapped her arms around LGBTQ audiences when conservative evangelists turned their backs on them. Won’t even talk,” Chastain said.
At the time, Chastain said, Tammy Faye interviewed an openly gay minister who was suffering from AIDS and asked her audience to accept and love the gay community. The minister, Steve Peters, who was interviewed by Faye, was also present at the film’s premiere in New York City. So was Faye’s son Jay Bakker.
Chastain said Faye’s “radical” views and an unattainable attitude that went against powerful men in her community made her “amazing.”
Tammy Faye eyes Release on 17 September.
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