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“We’re all just people made out of the same old dirt, and God didn’t make any junk,” she continues, while her husband Jim squirms at her radical openheartedness in the presence of the anti-LGBTQ+ Falwell. Later in life, Tammy Faye went on to per- form at Pride events and even judged a Tammy Faye look- alike contest replete with drag queens, and she was a vocal AIDS advocate and a beloved supporter of the community in an era where HIV patients were largely rejected and ostracised. Two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain plays Tammy Faye in the film, starring opposite Andrew Garfield as Jim Bakker, and Chastain also produces the film. She is an actor known for her meticulous preparation and research. Becoming Tammy Faye was no different. Completely con- sumed, she reportedly studied her subject for over seven years, going so far as to memorise all of her mannerisms and vocal inflections learned by watching hours and hours of tape. It is said that building a character based on a well-known, public figure is always a challenge, but the biggest hurdle Chastain said she faced was overcoming how other people perceived Tammy Faye. “I spent years looking at footage of her and never once saw mascara running down her face,” Chastain told an inter- viewer. “Tammy Faye was nothing like the caricature the media fed off of. She was the ordained minister Jim wasn’t. She preached acceptance and compassion and meant it,

“I THINK THE

EYES ARE SO IMPORTANT. I BELIEVE THE EYES ARE THE SOUL.”

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