The complicated life of Tammy Faye Messner (formerly Bakker), an evangelist and LGBTQ+ ally, will be told through her point of view in a new movie premiering on September 17.
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye” trailer gives viewers a preview of Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye. Chastain sports Tammy Faye’s signature makeup, along with that vibrant and sympathetic personality.
Why it matters: Tammy Faye and her former husband Jim Bakker, who rose to prominence while living in the Charlotte area, were known for prosperity gospel teachings and their Christian TV show filmed in Charlotte, The Praise the Lord (PTL) Club.
But the empire crumbled under Jim Bakker’s fraud charges, rape allegations and hush money. The Christian theme park they owned in Fort Mill, Heritage USA, went bankrupt.
- The History Channel reports that six million people visited the park in 1986, which put it behind only Disney World and Disneyland by attendance.
The movie promises to give viewers an intimate look at the “rise, fall and redemption” of Tammy Faye Bakker. Parts of it were filmed in Charlotte.
- It’s based on a 2000 documentary of the same name that was narrated by RuPaul.
Tammy Faye, who later changed her name to Messner after divorcing Jim Bakker and remarrying, was known for being a Christian who advocated for the LGBTQ+ community and reached out to HIV/AIDs patients.