Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Jesus Freaks

I think by now most of you have probably already watched the trailer for The Eyes of Tammy Faye since it dropped this morning -- then again should I not judge everyone else's online habits alongside my own spazzy ones? Maybe y'all have lives, I don't know. This reminds me I was looking at the Instagram page of one of my oldest friends yesterday and it hadn't been updated in a year and I was just like... what do people even do if they're not online all the time, updating their social media? I'd love to not be that person, I try by taking off the weekends from blogging and going to do things in the world every so often -- museums and parks, oh my! -- but I am one hundred percent that online spazz. Oh well. Anyway what were we talking about? 

Oh right Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield playing Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. Of course the big story here is Chastain's pretty astonishing transformation -- that make-up is nuts. I'm not entirely sold on some of the facial restructuring they did with probable prosthetics -- it works better on Chastain because of how spackled down the character of "Tammy Faye" is but everybody's jawlines look off, look fake. Like somebody stuck a tire-pump in their necks. Is it just that I know their real jawlines and that knowledge is carrying these jawlines towards Uncanny Valley territory? I can't answer that chicken egg nonsense, I just know what I know. Here's the trailer:

The Eyes of Tammy Faye, which was directed by Michael Showalter of all people, is out on September 17th. I hope this is good, I love all the actors -- Cherry Jones, holla! -- and having grown up in a Conservative Christian family in the 1980s this story was a big deal in my childhood and I was always fascinated by Tammy Faye, especially in her later years when she proved to be an actual decent human being. I recommend y'all watch the 2000 documentary of the same title -- you can rent it on Amazon for a few bucks -- if you've never seen it. It's excellent.


Anonymous said...

I’m curious to watch it but I’m worried about the tone, it could go wrong very easily. I Tonya was such a condescending heap of garbage with everyone in bad wigs doing CHARACTERS so I’m scared it’ll turn out shit like that one.

Pierce said...

The TV Movie, Fall from Grace starred Kevin Spacey as Jim Baker and Bernadette Peters, who was excellent as Tammy Faye!

bdog said...

Cannot wait for this, I hope it's good. Be nice to see Chastain nominated again.
Last few things I saw Cherry Jones in, she was just doing Cherry Jones(well, of course), so fun to see her with an odd accent that reminds me of something I can't place.
Totally disagree with Anon up there, I thought I, Tonya was great.

Anonymous said...

I HATE when studios make a movie based on an excellent documentary. Dear MNPP, just go and watch/experience the documentary.

And yay Cherry Jones!