FIRST WATCH: Jessica Chastain is almost unrecognizable as Tammy Faye with Andrew Garfield as Jim Bakker in film about the rise and fall of the televangelists who were hit by sexual, financial and drug scandals
The story of infamous evangelical leaders Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker is coming to the big screen.
A first look at The Eyes Of Tammy Faye sees stars Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield turn into the flirtatious couple who led the world of televangelism to their eventual demise.
The film—which hits theaters September 17—follows the rise and fall of the couple whose multimillion-dollar PTL (praise the lord) club shows ended in scandal.
FIRST WATCH: The first trailer for The Eyes of Tammy Faye starring Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield released ahead of its theater debut on September 17
Televangelists: The Story of the Couple Who Transformed the World of Televangelism Sets on the Big Screen on September 17
A first trailer for the film has been released through Searchlight Photos. Garfield, 37, and Chastain, 44, look unrecognizable as they bring the infamous couple’s story to life.
Based on the 2000 documentary of the same name, the film will give audiences a glimpse of what promises to be a more in-depth and sympathetic look at Tammy.
Bakker’s wife – who eventually battled colon cancer for more than a decade before her death in 2007 – has been immortalized as a cultural icon through her spidery lashes and heavy makeup, and also enjoyed a brief stint on reality television.
Unrecognizable: Chastain, 44, looks unrecognizable as she portrays Televangelism’s leading lady who eventually lost her decade-long battle with colon cancer in 2007
Tammy and Jim’s Program – The Jim and Tammy Show (aka PTL Club) was a Christian television program that ran from 1974 to 1989.
It later became known as both PTL Today and Heritage Today and took on more of a talk show style in its later years.
Jim was also known as the host of the 700 Club – a long-running talk show that grew out of a religious talk show – which became one of the leading programs on the Christian Broadcast Network.
Joint Venture: Jim was also known as the host of the 700 Club – a long-running talk show that grew out of a religious talk show – which became one of the leading programs on the Christian Broadcast Network
Scandal: Couple became multimillionaires, but funding for programming came from viewers through forced donations disguised as ‘monthly pledges’ in the name of religion
The couple went on to become multi-millionaires, but funding for the programming came from viewers in the form of forced donations disguised as “monthly pledges” in the name of religion.
In 1987, the program ground to a halt and was eventually discontinued after Jim was charged with both sexual and financial misconduct.
That same year, Tammy was treated for a prescription drug addiction.
The Charlotte Observer released a disclosure alleging that Bakker sexually assaulted a young church secretary named Jessica Hahn.
He was later alleged to be in a few same-sex relationships and amid the scandal, another televangelist Jerry Falwell was tapped to head the ministry.
Shrieking Standstill: In 1987, the program ground to a halt and was eventually shut down after Jim was charged with both sexual and financial misconduct
TV Legacy: Tammy and Jim’s Program – The Jim and Tammy Show (aka PTL Club) was a Christian television program that ran from 1974 to 1989
Difficult Road: Tammy’s Husband Was Sentenced To 45 Years In Prison And Made To Pay $500K After Being Found Guilty Of Both Sexual And Financial Misconduct
According to her testimony, the ministry had reportedly paid more than $200,000 in hush money in hopes of keeping her quiet.
Through the couple’s massive operations, they had acquired numerous homes, a private jet, and luxury vehicles.
And in 1988, Jim was indicted on eight counts of mail fraud, 15 counts of telephony fraud, and one count of conspiracy. Tammy, on the other hand, is not.
In a trial that followed years later, Jim was found guilty on all 24 counts. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
Jim: Garfield who plays Jim was indicted in 1988 on eight counts of mail fraud, 15 counts of wire transfer fraud and one count of conspiracy