Jessica Chastain over-made up for a role: “I am sure I have permanently damaged my skin”

Jessica Chastain transformed for the Eyes of Tammy Faye: first bluffing trailer
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The actress is unrecognizable in The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

When she discovered the documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye, ten years ago, Jessica chastain had only one idea in mind: to play this American evangelist, very famous in the 1970s and 1980s thanks to a television program that she hosted with her husband, Jim Bakker (the latter is played by Andrew Garfield in Michael Showalter’s film). Interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, the actress admits that she had to undergo long hours of makeup to look as close as possible to your model. Which was all the more complicated as Tammy Faye has changed a lot physically during her life, and that the biopic which is dedicated to her retraces absolutely all her career.

At 44, Jessica Chastain therefore gave of her person, going so far as to accept 7 hours of makeup in order to shoot a scene: “The longest shoot for this movie was seven and a half hours. I started to prepare myself and there I felt panic come over me. I was having hot flashes because everything I was wearing on the face was so heavy, and hot. It scared me. ” She then adds to have had “the certainty of having damaged (his) skin permanently” by multiplying make-up sessions every day for several weeks. “It was like I was doing a long distance flight every day, she adds. When you wear so much makeup every day, it weighs on your skin, it stretches it. ” She said she did not regret anything, agreeing from the start to go through it to interpret this woman whose journey fascinated her: “It’s all right, it’s part of my art.”

The Eyes of Tammy Faye will be released in France on February 2, 2022. Here is its trailer, where Jessica Chastain’s transformation is indeed stunning :

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