Hulu’s Pam & Tommy is set to release next month on the streaming service, and now the curtain is being raised on how the hair and makeup team got Sebastian Stan and Lily James to look incredibly similar to Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson.
“I was blown away,” Stan says of the hair and makeup team for the film in an interview with Variety. “The hair and makeup team deserve all the accolades that they can get.”
To look his way for the part, Stan had to reapply tattoos every few days and used fake nipple rings to look more like the Mötley Crüe drummer. The actor also slimmed down significantly to match the physique of Lee. “I looked at the tattoos as sort of being a costume in itself,” Stan said.
As for James becoming Pamela Anderson, it was revealed that the actress had to spend a minimum of three hours in the makeup and hair chair to be transformed and would often show up at 3 a.m. The transformation was so shocking that writer Robert Siegel described seeing photos of James and not being able to tell the difference between her and the actual Pamela Anderson.
“I sometimes will see a picture of Lily in character, and it takes a second to just double-check in my mind that it’s not the real Pam,” Siegel said.
Pam & Tommy follows the tumultuous relationship between the Motley Crüe drummer/co-founder and former Baywatch star/model, including the notorious incident in which their honeymoon sex tape was stolen and subsequently leaked to the public. Though it will be included, the story will not focus on the scandal but rather explore their relationship going back to their marriage after only 96 hours of knowing each other.
The 8-episode miniseries will be led by Sebastian Stan (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) as Tommy Lee and Lily James (Baby Driver) as Pamela Anderson. This marks Stan’s latest collaboration with director Craig Gillespie, following 2017’s biopic I, Tonya. Joining them are Seth Rogen, Nick Offerman, Taylor Schilling, Andrew Dice Clay, Pepi Sonuga, Spencer Granese, and Mozhan Marnò.
Pam & Tommy is directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Rob Siegel. Producers are Rogen and Evan Goldberg through their Point Grey banner, along with Dave Franco, Sue Naegle, Limelight’s Dylan Sellers, and Annapurna’s Megan Ellison.