Vogue Magazine contributor Lauren Valenti once dressed up as Pamela Anderson for Halloween, so she maintains a healthy respect for the immensity of the undertaking. And this kindles a reverence for actor Lily James, who by now we've all seen in the viral imagery, is an amazing doppelgänger for the iconic bombshell in Pam and Tommy.
Interviewer Kathleen Hou of the Cut gets right into it with the Pam and Tommy make-up, hair and make-up effects team of David Williams, Barry Lee Moe and Jason Collins. Read the rest of her interesting interview, The Secrets to Pamela Anderson’s Lips and … That Talking Penis.
VIDEO: Discussing the Iconic Looks of Pam and Tommy in the Look Behind the Look Podcast With Tiffany Bartok
Tiffany Bartok explores the inspired looks, the design challenges and triumphs (in realism along with some absurdism), the collaborative team dynamics of the broader crew, plus more with special makeup effects designer Jason Collins, make-up department head David Williams and hair department head Barry Lee Moe.
Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee were on top of their worlds: Baywatch, Mötley Crüe, Malibu Mansions and gobs of live-life-on-a-whim kind of cash. Then, they got married. Then, they made a sex tape. Then, the tape got stolen. Then, the internet.
Vanity Fair’s Laura Regensdorf details the copious mix of hand-crafted prosthetics, hair and make-up that went into transforming Lily James and Sebastian Stan into two entirely different people, aka Pam and Tommy.
Shadan Larki interviews the creative design trio (makeup department head David Williams, hair department head Barry Lee Moe, and prosthetics designer Jason Collins) as they discussed the process, tricks of the trade, and their favorite moments of their work together on Pam and Tommy.
In CNN's review, 'Pam & Tommy' blends nostalgia with amazing makeup to create a two-in-one miniseries, Brian Lowry states, “Once you get past the astonishing makeup and prosthetics, "Pam & Tommy" essentially functions as two miniseries in one, the first devoted to the central couple, and the latter to the hapless guy who turned them into a pioneering Internet sensation.”
Variety.com recently published Pam & Tommy’ Is a Startlingly Sensitive Look at Tabloid History: TV Review, with kind credit afforded to Lily James’ portrayal of Pam as, “an outright triumph, both of acting and of special-effects makeup.”
The New York Post recently spoke with special makeup effects and prosthetics designer Jason Collins of Autonomous F/X for their article, How the ‘Pam & Tommy’ glam squad perfected Lily James’ fake breasts.
While casual male nudity in film and TV is nothing new, more prominent appearances of bare penises are experiencing an upturn of late. “I do think that the culture and the zeitgeist are changing with regards to what's taboo and what's not taboo anymore. Frankly, it's about time for all that,” says Collins.