Why Sebastian Stan Says It Was “Freeing” to Reveal His Transformation Into Tommy Lee

Sebastian Stan revealed he was "paranoid" about his Tommy Lee reveal getting leaked, explaining to Variety that it felt “freeing” to share his final Pam & Tommy look at long last.

By Lindsay Weinberg May 20, 2021 10:46 PMTags

Sebastian Stan has had a weight lifted off of his shoulders.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier star is feeling relieved now that the world has seen his astounding transformation into the real-life rocker Tommy Lee, he said in an interview with Variety on Thursday, May 20.

"Honestly, it was freeing because I was walking around in these hoodies and hats," he shared, recalling how he was "just paranoid of being seen" out in public or on set.

Stan went on, "I was like, ‘God, I hope they're finally going to release something so you know what we look like, so we can go on with our lives.'"

Hulu had fans doing a double take two weeks ago, when the platform revealed first look images from its miniseries Pam & Tommy, starring Lily James and Stan as the titular personalities.

That explosive of picture Stan as the Motley Crue star and James as Pamela Anderson was taken during their screen test, according to Variety, which reports that Stan sent the original picture of the duo to the show's director, Craig Gillespie. 

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The actor doesn't remember whose idea it was to re-create it, saying, "I think it was probably Craig, who said, ‘Hey, let's go out in the sun and why [don't] we do that?' We were like, ‘Oh, that's fun.' And then we just did it.'"


One person who was shocked by the makeover was Stan's Marvel co-star, Anthony Mackie, who claimed he was "horrified" when he first learned of Stan's upcoming role. 

He told Variety, "[Stan] sent me a video on set and a few photos, and I was blown away," adding, "I was really surprised and impressed that he was able to do it."

The film will reportedly focus on the couple's three-year marriage from 1995 to 1998 and touch on the infamous sex tape.

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