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Jessica Chastain, Michael Shannon on Channeling Country Stars and Singing Together in ‘George and Tammy’

George and Tammy, the Showtime restricted collection concerning the lives and tumultuous relationship between nation stars George Jones and Tammy Wynette, premiered in Los Angeles on Monday in what caps greater than a decade-long journey for Jessica Chastain.

The star — contemporary off of an Oscar win for taking part in one other Tammy in The Eyes of Tammy Faye — has been hooked up to the undertaking since 2011 when it was first being developed as a movie, and likewise served as a producer on the collection.

Chastain informed The Hollywood Reporter that she was so impressed by showrunner Abe Sylvia’s ardour for the couple’s story that it “put me down the rabbit hole of who they were and then I became obsessed with them as well.”

“I’m very protective of them and I can’t imagine anyone else playing her, and I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing George, which was why I called Mike,” she continued, pointing to costar Michael Shannon, who she recruited to play Jones. “I know how protective Mike is of the characters he plays so it just felt like the right recipe for a working environment.”

The two actors have been longtime associates since costarring in 2011’s Take Shelter, as Shannon stated he didn’t know a lot about Jones earlier than taking up the function however “I like working with Jessica and I like singing so it was a perfect combo.”

Shannon — who’s a musician in his personal proper as a part of indie rock band Corporal — and Chastain each went via intensive vocal coaching to arrange for the efficiency, and mirrored on their first time singing collectively onscreen with duet “Something To Brag About.”

“It was fun, it was like finally. We had been working for so long,” Chastain recalled, as Shannon added, “We had been waiting a long time to do it and the extras were really excited and they were nice to us — nobody threw any apples or tomatoes or anything. It was a fun song and not too overly difficult so that was fun.”

Sylvia stated he was blown away, in addition to relieved, the primary time he heard his two leads sing collectively.

“I was like, ‘This is going to work,’ he remembered. “It’s a big swing to take on these icons. They have incredible chemistry as friends and actors and amazing trust, so they go to some very dark places and some very joyful places together.”

“If they didn’t have that longstanding friendship and trust and sense of play, the show wouldn’t have worked,” he continued. “The show is dancing on the needle of their chemistry.”

Sylvia stated that fell in love with the couple via his analysis, and pushed via the decade-long improvement course of as a result of it was “too important of a story and too beautiful of one not to fight for it.” He knew Chastain — whom he additionally labored with when writing The Eyes of Tammy Faye — was his Tammy Wynette after seeing her in The Tree of Life, and spoke concerning the significance of she and Shannon truly singing within the collection.

“I think that the important thing to remember is George and Tammy themselves conveyed so much pain and beauty and sorrow and joy and happiness and all of this emotion in their vocals, and that’s what we wanted to capture with Michael and Jessica,” Sylvia stated. “The vocals are recorded live and you get their true feelings in the vocals at all times, that’s how they’re most like George and Tammy.”

And regardless of the lengthy journey to the display, the creator was by no means discouraged: “I think the country music gods have been looking out for us on this project, make sure we made it the right way.”

George and Tammy premieres on Showtime on Dec. 4.



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