One of the sweetest celebrities we ever met was Tammy Faye (Messner by the time we saw her).
It was at a screening at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station for the documentary, The Eyes of Tammy Faye in 2000. She stuck around to talk to everyone who wanted to chat or take a photo, giggling and smiling from ear to ear.
Today, the DVD and Blu-ray for the movie based on the documentary debuts (you can also find it digitally, too) and it’s so worth the watch.
Jessica Chastain captures the sweetness, occasional lunacy and devastating sadness of the televangelist. Yet we still tend to believe that she genuinely cared about people (including LGBTQ folks when it wasn’t popular or well-accepted in Christian circles). Sure, she had to know that something was fishy with the scandalous, over-the-top wealth derived from a global ministry with her terribly hypocritical husband Jim, but she deserves forgiveness.
At least in our book.
In a world where every TV preacher we’ve ever seen is shady AF, Tammy Faye continues to be a rare source of hope that they’re not all completely evil.
Regardless of your opinion on the matter, we think you’ll love the dramatic, quirky world of The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
Now we’ve got to hurry away so we can confess to all the higher powers for lusting after Jim Bakker—at least as portrayed by Andrew Garfield.
That’s forgivable, too, right?