The director of Pam and Tommy explains why he made series without Pamela Anderson
Director Craig Gillespie has defended the Hulu/Disney Plus miniseries Pam and Tommy for continuing without Pamela Anderson’s approval.
The factual drama tells the weird but true story of how a sex tape featuring Anderson and her then-husband Tommy Lee was released widely across the United States.
Based on a comprehensive account published by rolling stone, the series explores how disgruntled electrician Rand Gauthier acquired explicit material and began selling it online during the early days of the World Wide Web.
Neither Anderson nor Lee were directly involved in the production, with Lily James revealing to the press that her attempts to get in touch with the former Baywatch star had failed.
The show also faced criticism from Anderson’s longtime friend Courtney Love, who described it as “fuckin’ outrageous” in a Facebook post since deleted.
The Gillespie series director, whose previous work includes I, Tonya and Cruella, explained to RadioTimes.com why he decided to stay on board despite Anderson’s lack of approval to tell this traumatic story.
“I absolutely respect any personal decision she makes on this and understand where she’s coming from,” he began. “What comforted me was that I felt like we really had an opportunity to change the telling of this story and show it from a perspective where people hopefully could , learn and grow.
“And I felt we portrayed them in a very empathetic way. I thought the writers did a really good job with that. So I felt there was this opportunity, which was the hope.”
Meanwhile, co-star Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), who plays Gauthier’s ex-wife Erica Boyer, added that she hopes Anderson joins the show given the likable goal. through which she sees it.
“I really hope she can feel the love that this show has for her because it’s so deep, and I hope there’s an overhaul of the narrative that popular culture has created around it. and this band,” she said. RadioTimes.com.
“And I mean, in an ideal world, it could even be a kind of healing… I think it’s really an ode to her bravery, her courage even, that this could happen and she kept going. I want say, I can’t really imagine this.”
Schilling added: “She kept going even though she had no real way to express herself. She was alone with what happened and everyone was making all these judgments, but she kept going. And I mean, it’s heroic to see that.”
Pam and Tommy also stars Marvel’s Sebastian Stan as Mötley Crüe drummer Lee, while Seth Rogen (The Lion King) and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) play Gauthier and his business associate Milton Ingley.
Pam and Tommy will premiere on Disney Plus on Wednesday, February 2. Check out more of our drama coverage or visit our TV guide to see what’s on tonight.