Unlike Sebastian Stan as Tommy Lee, which makes perfect sense, I’ll admit to being skeptical when I heard that Lilly James was cast as Pamela Anderson in Hulu’s Pam and Tommy. “The English actress? From Downton Abbey and Cinderella?” But my doubt started to disappear when I saw the first photos from the series, and it’s gone for good now that the trailer is out. Lily James is Pamela Anderson.
In Pam and Tommy, Stan and James, who spent “anywhere from three to five hours [on] hair and makeup” every day, play the original Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox, whose sex tape is stolen by Seth Rogen’s greasy-haired Rand Gauthier. “In some ways, it’s very similar to I, Tonya with the surprise of it,” director Craig Gillespie said about the series. “There’s the victimization of the media and what happened with that tape that was such an affront to them, and how it really ultimately severely damaged their personal life and her career. There’s this situation with the public who snicker and go, ‘Oh, yeah, I know that story. They sold it.’ But people just don’t know the story.”
They don’t know the story (yet), but they do know James’ transformation into Pamela Anderson (with a voice like Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn) is incredible.
I take back every giggle that escaped my body when I heard that Lily James was cast as Pamela Anderson pic.twitter.com/7kMYxaPoCZ
— destiny atreides (@theyluvdestinyr) November 18, 2021
lily james as pamela anderson pic.twitter.com/ySxM637DBV
— best of lily james (@badpostslily) November 18, 2021
lily james EMBODYING pamela anderson. the hair and makeup department definitely is getting paid bc woah now! pic.twitter.com/V0COhpt8Lr
— khalia.❦ | peaches (@NINETIESRNB) November 18, 2021
I still cannot believe this is Lily James. Whoever did her makeup deserves so many awards https://t.co/Bhdh0UylYu
— ashley (@acnhdanvers) November 18, 2021
Bitch, I almost looked up Lily James, even though I know who she is, just to remember what she looked like.
Because THIS? Sensational transformation. https://t.co/MH20wmrs75
— her name is cyn. (@cynfinite) November 18, 2021
i’m still trying to wrap my head around this being lily james pic.twitter.com/WDOw8uneUM
— ً (@M4RGOTROBBIES) November 18, 2021
The transformation of Lily James in the “Pam and Tommy” series is out of this world. Just give the makeup department all the awards now. pic.twitter.com/rigQK6eSCX
— H i p p y W r i t e s (@eerinjessie) November 18, 2021
I still cannot believing this is Lily James. pic.twitter.com/ZVjxeMc41M
— Mavy (@paceysbitch) November 18, 2021
Pam and Tommy premieres on February 2, 2022.