The outstanding debt of the world and Hollywood with Pamela Anderson is settled

Disney+ continues to advance as a strong competitor in the streaming industry with the premiere of a series far removed from its flagship of superheroes and galactic stories. Pam & Tommy lands on the platform with its first three episodes starting on Wednesday, February 2, with all the ballots to eat the viral conversation over the next few weeks.

And it is that the series is based on the most mediatic chapter in the relationship of Pamela Anderson Y Tommy Lee, but without falling into the usual biography formula. Rather, what we are about to enjoy is an effervescently camp bet, with an air of guilty pleasure, as exaggerated as it is sentimental, but with a purpose that it proclaims loud and clear: do justice to the star Baywatch.

Pamela Anderson (Photo by: Erica Parise/Hulu)

Lily James as Pamela Anderson in Pam & Tommy (Photo by: Erica Parise/Hulu)

When we learned of the signings of Lily James and Sebastian Stan as the main couple, the networks immediately shouted in the sky due to the lack of physical resemblance. Especially with criticism towards the actress of Mama Mia! And again, noting the absence of voluptuous curves like Pamela Anderson’s. However, she herself covered a few mouths with the first images that showed the magnificent characterization achieved with talent and the four hours a day spent between makeup, costumes, prosthetics and hairdressing. However, after having seen most of the episodes, I can confirm that this relief was nothing compared to the wonderful display that the young actress gives us in the series.

Pam & Tommy takes us back to the year 1995, just when Pamela experienced the media contradiction between the success of her image as a sex symbol admired thanks to the global impact of Baywatch, and the one reduced to an object of viral desire due to the leaking of a sexual video recorded with her husband. The miniseries reviews this entire chapter of the couple, from the moment of the spontaneous wedding celebrated in a swimsuit in Cancun and four days after meeting, to the chaotic but initially affective relationship between the two, in order to delve into the third figure of the story: the carpenter who stole and sold the infamous private tape.

seth roden He plays Rand Gauthier, who after being fired by Tommy Lee during renovations to his mansion and not getting paid despite weeks of work, decided to get paid on his own by robbing the couple’s safe. He unknowingly stumbled upon the videotape, resorting to the early stages of online sales to market it, and turning the couple into one of the first viral phenomena without their consent.

Anyway, here the real protagonists are Lily James and Sebastian Stan. And while the actor known for his role as Marvel’s Winter Soldier spreads the controversial facet and intense personality of the Mötley Crüe drummer, It is she who manages to steal all eyes.And not only because of the resemblance that it achieves based on makeup, prosthetics and hairdressing, but because it captures the essence of Pamela Anderson.

And I’m not talking about his way of speaking and movements -which are identical- but of her magic to illustrate what made Pamela so captivating with her screen presence. Because James’ work is not intended to imitate or copy her, but to capture women beyond the sex symbol label. It captures and transmits the person behind the television myth, making it close and real.

That is why, because of the humanity that Lily James brings to her figure, that the series achieves that purpose that it pointed to at the beginning. Pam & Tommy could be defined as the righteous revenge in favor of an actress riddled with stereotypes and prejudices of her industry and the society of that time.

Lily James as Pam and Sebastian Stan as Tommy. (Photo by: Erin Simkin/Hulu)

Lily James as Pam and Sebastian Stan as Tommy. (Photo by: Erin Simkin/Hulu)

And it is because of this detail that it seems like one of the most recommendable series of the moment. The portrait that Lily James and the miniseries make from the beginning provides a personal, charismatic and empathetic view of a passionate, spontaneous woman who was very clear about where she wanted to direct her career. That she had to face obstacles due to an industry and society that consumed her image as a sex symbol but turned her into a caricature of her time, both because of the stereotypes against blondes that Marilyn Monroe also suffered as well as being an object of desire of free access without his consent through something as personal as that videotape.

Through different sequences, the series exposes the macho treatment that he would have experienced on the set of Baywatch, where she was a star without a voice or a vote, having to put her body at the mercy of success without getting the benefit of at least being heard. Or how she should raise and explain to her own husband the importance that the leak of the video would have in her life as a woman. How he would be honored by society and she would become the famous star, with a public image designated as an object of pornographic cinema without looking for it or wanting it.

Through the viral success of the video, the series raises the difficult role that Pamela lived wanting to succeed, being pregnant, with future projects, while the world and the industry illegally consumed her body without seeing the woman behind . And that’s where the series and Lily James hit the nail on the head, elevating Pamela’s personality above all else, exposing how much she had to endure to stay in the limelight. We see a dreamy, funny woman with a great sense of humor and tenderly passionate, who wanted to succeed and be admired as an actress one day. Dreams that that videotape and the controversy would have dynamited without warning by giving a radical turn to his image.

Lily James as Pamela Anderson in Pam & Tommy (Photo by: Erin Simkin/Hulu)

Lily James as Pamela Anderson in Pam & Tommy (Photo by: Erin Simkin/Hulu)

In a certain sense, the series gives Pamela Anderson the place she did not have in the 90s, elevating her image through the exposure of her charismatic personality, bringing us closer to the human being behind the sex symbol label. We discovered the working woman, in constant search of opportunities, who wanted to leave Baywatch to make his way following in the footsteps of his idol, Jane Fonda. But that time spent pigeonholed within the walls of stereotypes, where the exposure of her beauty in the lifeguard series without dramatic depth in its narrative arcs, her curves and blonde hair, turned her into a commercial object consumed by the masses, without get to know her.

The series exposes how Pamela would have been a victim of that superficial image, which, as much as it was her initial hallmark, ended up transformed into a caricatured media character in front of an industry and society that passes judgment when it comes to stereotypes. And this is how the series does it justice, putting us face to face with the woman behind the scandal.

It is curious that Pamela Anderson did not want to respond to Lily James when the actress asked her for advice on playing her (Net to Porter). It is true that Pamela wanted to turn the page at that time when she was pregnant, letting the scandal run its course and not going ahead with the lawsuit to avoid stress on her condition. But I wonder if maybe he didn’t know how much Pam & Tommy I would do her justice as an actress pigeonholed in the superficiality of her success and her body, at a stage where her voice should have been heard.

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The outstanding debt of the world and Hollywood with Pamela Anderson is settled