February 4, 2023

On the subject of taking up a problem just like the Showtime restricted sequence George & Tammy, Oscar winner Jessica Chastain says that the problem is the purpose. “I’ve all the time type of been all in on the subject of this,” she tells Consequence. “It has to price me one thing. It could’t be too straightforward.”

Nobody would ever describe George & Tammy as “too straightforward” — the six-episode biographical drama spotlights the sophisticated bond between iconic nation singers George Jones (Michael Shannon) and Tammy Wynette (Chastain), with each Shannon and Chastain not solely bodily remodeling themselves as a lot as attainable for his or her respective roles, however performing all of the songs sung by the duo within the sequence, together with hits like “Stand By Your Man,” “Two Story Home,” and “Golden Ring.”

Jones and Wynette met at a key second in each their careers, with their six-year marriage (the third for every of them) solely encompassing one portion of their decades-long relationship as pals, lovers, and musical collaborators. Says Shannon, concerning the sequence’ exploration of their dynamic, “It’s nearly highlighting the depth of the eagerness that that they had for each other, whether or not it’s making love or making music or having a household collectively. There was such a powerful connection there.”

Chastain agrees, saying that regardless that psychological well being and substance abuse points performed an enormous position of their story, “the one factor about these two folks is that they felt a lot. And I imagine the rationale why they have been so unbelievable is as a result of they all the time advised the story. They made you are feeling one thing. There are lots of people on the market who’ve stunning qualities to their voices. However George and Tammy uncovered their hearts once they sang. There was an openness that that they had.”

On the eve of the sequence, Consequence sat down with the pair in particular person to speak concerning the largest challenges of the challenge, from studying to emulate the unique artists to, in Shannon’s case, having to seize Jones’ later-in-life compulsion to speak like a duck. Additionally they reveal how they approached their analysis for the challenge, and dig into what it means, to doubtlessly introduce Jones and Wynette to an entire new viewers.

To start out issues off, what was actually thrilling for you about taking up this sequence?

Chastain: I love to do issues which are extremely difficult and really feel unattainable. If one thing appears like, “Oh yeah, that’s a great way to spend a while, then it’s often not essentially the most fascinating. If I really feel somewhat bit like I’m struggling to type of dangle on by my fingernails, then it appears like I’m doing one thing worthwhile with this job. In order that was essentially the most difficult and rewarding factor, the music particularly. It was actually academic and I realized quite a bit.

Shannon: I assume I used to be intrigued by the prospect of singing in a present — not like a musical, however really utilizing the songs to assist inform the story of those folks. I don’t get that chance fairly often. I like music, and I additionally simply thought it was actually such a romantic story, you realize?

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