Jessica Chastain ‘Disturbed’ from ‘George & Tammy’ Seduction

Co-star Michael Shannon agreed that one scene contained “Neanderthal” dialogue.

Jessica Chastain wouldn’t play anyone’s pawn on screen.

The Oscar-winning actress transformed into ‘Stand By Your Man’ singer Tammy Wynette for the Showtime series ‘George & Tammy’ opposite Michael Shannon as George Jones. Chastain, who also produces the series through her Freckle Films banner, revealed that she objected to the dialogue in the first episode of the series.

During the scene in question, Shannon, as George, tells Tammy’s soon-to-be ex-husband Don (Pat Healy) that he’s going to sleep with Tammy and hire the husband an escort.

“I read it and was deeply disturbed,” Chastain told Marie Claire. “[Tammy] just kind of sat there. People were creating things so she could get caught instead of making decisions.”

The prostitute subplot was removed and co-star Shannon agreed that the dialogue needed to be changed.

“[Michael] changed the line from “Yes, I’ll fuck her” — excuse the language — to “I’d definitely like to,” Chastain recalled. “The second he said, ‘I’d love to do it,’ it was like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s happening. Because he sees her as someone who gets to make the decision.” And that’s working with an actor who’s very aware that he doesn’t own me.”

Chastain continued, “Being a producer and having a production company means you have to put that in writing. You can say, “Whoa, whoa, whoa. We must honor women as human beings. And they make their own decisions – just like men.”

Shannon agreed, saying, “The idea of ​​sitting in front of another man and looking at a woman and announcing you’re going to fuck her strikes me as a bit Neanderthal. I mean, if I were the woman in question, I wouldn’t enjoy it that much.”

IndieWire’s Ben Travers wrote in the series’ review that the aforementioned scene, coupled with Shannon’s line delivery, adds to the palpable passion between George and Tammy’s desire for one another.

Travers wrote of Shannon’s performance as George: “He looks at Tammy, who follows his gaze without an appreciative smile or a critical look. She just sits there, floating in her chair – not fidgeting so much, just floating as if she’s about to drift off this earth and into a nirvana that only George can provide. And when Don delivers another insult, George turns the table, looks at Tammy, and offers just that, “You love me, right?” he says. “Yes, I do,” she replies, finally confirming their mutual fixation. ,Let’s go then.'”

Travers concluded, “And they were gone. From that moment on, following the events of Showtime’s six-part limited series George & Tammy, the two singer-songwriters were forever linked, and while their romance proved unhappy, the duo’s undeniable love never truly faded.”

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