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The stark transformation from Lily James to Pamela Anderson

If the term “scandalous couple” fits anyone, it’s Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, who had a tumultuous relationship in the mid-90s, sex tape and jail time included. That period has now been filmed with Lily James in the lead role, who looks surprisingly like Pam in the series. The result of hours of work, as has now come out.

Lily James or the young Pamela Anderson? In the series "Pam & Tommy", which runs on Disney+ and Hulu, you almost can’t tell the difference, so well has the British actress (including "Downton Abbey", "Cinderella") been transformed into the "Baywatch"star. Anderson’s distinctive look was copied in every detail: Hydrogen blonde hair, dünn-plucked eyebrows, pout, French nails, fake tan, tight clothes and the multiple enlarged bust.

The transformation of Lily James to Pamela Anderson.

In the series, the imitated with prosthetic breasts, hair and makeup were even more elaborate. That took "between three and five hours every morning before we could start shooting", Barry Lee Moe, head hairstylist for the production, tells Variety.1

In any case, the cast was almost exclusively equipped with fake hair. Moe continues: "We used a total of 25 perücks. Everyone from Seth Rogen to Nick Offerman to Taylor Schilling wore a periwinkle because we turned them all into their characters. Only Tommy Lee actor Sebastian Stan got away with his natural hair, but it was dyed jet black.

For Lily James, there was "something very liberating" about the extreme transformation into her series character, she revealed in an interview with Net-a-Porter.2 "There was something brave about it. A bravery that came from me disappearing." When the shoot was over and she was just Lily again, she hated it. "I really enjoyed and felt the physicality and the sensuality, right down to the long fingers"

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee – a turbulent love story

The love story of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee begins at a New Year’s Eve party in 1994, where the drummer of "Mötley Crüe" and the ex-Playboy model get to know each other, lose sight of each other for a month, until they finally get together in February 1995. The wedding follows shortly after, and on their honeymoon the two film each other having sex. A handyman steals the private video and sells it. The sex tape becomes a viral hit, earning the porn industry over 100 million US dollars in just one year. The plot revolves around this period of time and the subsequent trial of the illegally distributed video.

Tommy Lee said later: "We only looked at it once when we got home, and then hid it in a safe under the rug in my studio in the garage."

Anderson and Lee have two children, in 1997 the relationship broke up after a violent altercation between the two, for which Tommy Lee was sent to prison for four months.

Sources

1How Hairstylist Barry Lee Moe Turned Lily James and Sebastian Stan Into Pam and Tommy, Variety.
2Laid bare with Lily James, Net-a-Porter