She’s acquired the look.
Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain channels preacher Tammy Faye Bakker’s early days — and her later painted-on glory — within the first full trailer for the upcoming biopic “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”
She stars alongside Andrew Garfield (“The Amazing Spider-Man”) as her husband, Jim Bakker, who alongside along with his spouse fascinated the world within the 1970s and ’80s as a consequence of their lives, together with scandalous exploits as televangelists.
The movie offers viewers a glance into the a number of ups and downs of their sensational careers in each Christian evangelism and leisure. The success of the couple’s Christian media empire shortly fell aside within the wake of quite a few scandals, together with sexual misconduct allegations towards Jim and a rehab stint for drug habit by Tammy Faye. The movie serves as a window into the late 1970s, with feathered hair, tweed blazers and Tammy Faye’s signature caked-on mascara and eye shadow.
“It’s all part of our mission to help people,” Chastain’s seemingly earnest character says within the trailer from Searchlight Pictures. “Anyone who’s hurting or they feel like they’ve been left out — God has a plan for us.”
In an interview with People magazine, Chastain stated it took nearly 4 hours to rework herself into the eccentric evangelical, with a course of that included a wig, heavy make-up and prosthetics.
Chastain, who stated she closely researched Tammy Faye’s life for almost 10 years, advised People that she was “touched” by her story after watching the 2000 documentary the function movie is predicated on.
“Here’s a woman that I had an idea of because of what I was fed about her,” Chastain stated of Tammy Faye, who died of colon most cancers in 2007. “But people were always making her into a clown and punishing her for the mistakes of her husband, which all throughout history women have been the victim of, atoning for the sins of men.”
The matters of AIDS and LGBTQ rights are also a plot level, which Chastain — who doubles as a producer — cites as a driving issue for her involvement with the movie.
“That’s really why I wanted to make the movie,” Chastain says. “Because in a time when people were even afraid to say AIDS, we had this female televangelist. And she was a minister too in her own right.”
The movie is directed by Michael Showalter and likewise stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Sam Jaeger and Cherry Jones.
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye” will premiere in theaters on Sept. 17.