Anthony Mackie Admits He Was "Horrified" to Find Out Sebastian Stan Was Cast as Tommy Lee

While at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, Anthony Mackie explained why he was initially "horrified" when he learned The Falcon and the Winter Soldier co-star Sebastian Stan is playing Tommy Lee.

By Ryan Gajewski May 17, 2021 8:09 AMTags

Anthony Mackie admits he needed to kickstart his heart after he first heard that Sebastian Stan would be playing Motley Crue star Tommy Lee

While doing press for the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday, May 16, Anthony told Variety he was initially "horrified" upon learning his The Falcon and the Winter Soldier co-star and all-around bestie will portray the rocker in the upcoming Hulu miniseries Pam & Tommy, opposite Lily James as Pamela Anderson.

Luckily, Anthony came around when he got a look at Sebastian in character for the show that centers on the former couple's marriage, not to mention the attention surrounding their stolen sex tape.

"He sent me a video on set and a few photos, and I was blown away," the Altered Carbon star shared. "I was really surprised and impressed that he was able to do it."

He went on to explain about his initial feelings, "I was horrified. I was like, 'What are you doing? You're playing Tommy Lee?' And the first picture he sent me, it's just humbling when you see your friend, and he succeeds. And he crushed it. I mean, he really was able to transform, and that's every actor's dream with every role you play."

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Anthony added that he's delighted to see the general public finally appreciating Sebastian's full range of talent. 


"Sebastian is a great actor, and him getting his just due," the Woman in the Window star continued. "And people being able to see him for the chameleon that he is—not just the beautifully amazing, blue-eyed god that he is—it's very refreshing to see your friend win."

Not everyone is looking forward to watching Pam & Tommy. Courtney Love, who is friends with Pam, took to Facebook on May 16 to lambast the project, claiming that the couple's sex tape "destroyed" the Baywatch alum's life.

"I find this so f--king outrageous," the Hole singer posted. "My heart goes out to Pammy...further causing her complex trauma . And shame on lily James whoever the f--k she is."

Click here for our full coverage of the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards, including The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's pair of wins.