Courtney Love may be firmly against Hulu's forthcoming limited series "Pam & Tommy," calling it "outrageous" and sending her heart "out to Pammy" back in mid-May, but Tommy Lee has given his stamp of approval.
"I know Sebastian [Stan], he's playing me," the 58-year-old Mötley Crüe drummer told Entertainment Tonight. "From what he's told me, really beautiful story. I think a lot of people would think it's one thing, but it's really about privacy and how things got crazy then. There's different laws now."
Deadline's Justin Kroll exclusively reported on the eight-episode "Pam & Tommy" last December:
"Sources tell Deadline that Lily James and Sebastian Stan are on board to play former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee in a new limited series for Hulu going by the working title Pam & Tommy. The rockstar couple’s relationship dominated the tabloids for years, including the scandal of when their sex tape from their honeymoon was stolen and leaked to the public. Seth Rogen is on board to play the man who stole the tape, with I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie helming the series and Rob Siegel writing. Rogen is also producing the project along with his partner Evan Goldberg through their Point Grey banner along with Dylan Sellers through Limelight, Dave Franco and Sue Naegle and Megan Ellison at Annapurna. The eight-episode series will shoot in the spring.
"While the scandalous event will play a major part in the series, the story will have a big focus on their relationship going back to their whirlwind romance that started with them marrying after only knowing each other for 96 hours in 1995. The leaked VHS tape turned into quite the legal dispute, with Anderson suing the video distribution company Internet Entertainment Group. Ultimately, the Lees entered into a confidential settlement deal with IEG. Thereafter, the company began making the tape available to subscribers to its websites again, resulting in triple the normal traffic."
We got a first glimpse at James and Stan in character in early May.
Here’s a peek at Pam & Tommy, coming to @Hulu. Based on the true scandal that started it all, featuring Lily James, Sebastian Stan and @SethRogen… ready to rewind? #PamAndTommy pic.twitter.com/4ctdKYEm9F— Pam & Tommy on Hulu (@pamandtommy) May 7, 2021
"The story's actually cool, what actually happened wasn't," Lee clarified to Entertainment Tonight, also noting he believes "people need to know" the truth of what he and Anderson went through during their tumultuous and allegedly abusive time together.
"The true story was so destructive to their lives, and we're able to hold a mirror up to ourselves as being culpable in the way that we devour media and people's lives without any concern for the repercussions that it's having on those individuals," Gillespie, the director, said in a late-May interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "The showrunners, Rob Siegel and D.V. [DeVincentis], have done a really interesting job. And so in a similar way, I think you come into this show because of the salacious nature of it, and then you get to realize that we're culpable in even watching it for those reasons."
The ex-couple divorced in 1998 and share two sons, 25-year-old Brandon and 23-year-old Dylan.