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Lily James wanted to quit Pam & Tommy as she found controversial series ‘too frightening’

At one point, the actor considered stepping down (Picture: Erin Simkin/Hulu)

Lily James has opened up about the reservations she felt about starring in Pam & Tommy, admitting that she wanted to quit shortly before filming began.

The upcoming series, which has stoked plenty of controversy ahead of its release, depicts Lily as Pamela Anderson and Sebastian Stan as Mötley Crüe rocker Tommy Lee, when their sex tape was stolen and sold on the internet in the 1990s.

Ahead of its launch, fans have been left in awe by Lily’s transformation into the Baywatch star, with some photos taken of her in character making it impossible to distinguish between the actor and the real Pamela.

However, all of the hard work she put into rehearsing the role resulted in the Downton Abbey star considering stepping down completely.

Looking back on the intense boot camp she underwent to get into character, the 32-year-old said: ‘I really wanted to pull out of this a week before.’

Speaking to Variety, she added that her feeling was: ‘I can’t do it. I can’t do it,’ continuing: ‘It just felt too frightening. But I think that’s a good place to work from because it keeps you growing and getting better, I hope.’

Lily explained that she would watch Pamela’s interviews ‘over and over again’, making notes and imitating her as she noted that the star spoke at a very rapid pace

‘I wanted to get that energy and that impulsiveness and that spirit that she has when she’s in front of the camera,’ she said.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier star Sebastian was just as committed when it came to preparing to play Tommy, watching videos on YouTube, reading the musician’s autobiography and spending months playing the drums, which left his fingers ‘swollen for a good week and a half’.

Lily recently insisted that she reached out to Pamela when she was cast in the series, after it was claimed that she had no intention of watching and didn’t care to know the lead actors.

Speaking to Porter, the Cinderella star said: ‘This is the first interview I’ve done about this project, and I care a lot about it. I was really hopeful that she would be involved. I wish it had been different.

‘My sole intention was to take care of the story and to play Pamela authentically.’

Pam & Tommy launches on February 2 on Disney Plus.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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