Pamela Anderson is no stranger to the spotlight, but following the Hulu mini-series “Pam & Tommy,” she’s ready to reveal her side of the tale.
After refusing to listen to a re-telling of her sex tape scandal, the “Baywatch” star, 54, is taking her story to Netflix, the streaming giant’s competitor.
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“Pamela Anderson is ready to tell her story in a new documentary,” the official Netflix Twitter handle announced Wednesday. “The film, which has been in the making for several years, will feature the pop culture icon setting the record straight as she looks back on her professional path and her personal journey.”
“My life,” reads the note from the announcement. “A thousand imperfections, a million misperceptions…I can only surprise you — not a victim, but a survivor and alive to tell the real story.”
Fans praised Anderson in the Twitter comments, and her sons, Brandon and Dylan Lee, reposted the note with the phrase “the real story.”
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“If you actually sympathized with her, you would understand the value of being able to take control of her own narrative,” One fan retorted to a disgruntled user who criticized Anderson for not supporting the Hulu series.
Others indicated they’d skip “Pam & Tommy” in favour of the Netflix documentary, which they claim was “produced with her cooperation,” rather than the drama starring Lily James as Anderson.
“Watching this instead of the show that was literally made against her will,” said another fan.
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Brandon Anderon, Anderon’s son, is credited as a producer on the film, which is directed by Ryan White. While the title of the documentary is still being worked out, Anderson has previously published three books: “Pandemonium” in 1997, “Star Struck” in 2005, and “Raw” in 2015.
The Hulu series “Pam & Tommy,” which also stars Sebastian Stan as Mötley Crüe drummer and Anderson’s now-ex-husband Tommy Lee, chronicles the newlyweds’ emotional crisis after an electrician snatches their scandalous home video after being dismissed from a job.
The performance, which debuted on February 2, was inspired by Amanda Chicago Lewis’ 2014 Rolling Stone piece, which relates the incredible storey of how the sex tape went lost and returned as a global phenomenon.
While Anderson followers chastised the mini-series for forcing her to relive the incident, both James and Stan stated that they wanted to be her champions.
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In an interview with Variety, Stan stated that he “couldn’t imagine” what it would be like to have such private footage taken and how tough it would have been, eventually communicating with Lee before filming.
James, on the other hand, did not have the same luck. According to director Robert D. Siegel, she attempted to contact Anderson, who “desired not to be involved.” He went on to say that “the show loves Pam” and that she’s “the hero.”
“At every step of the way, we’ve tried to do right by her,” he said.
“She’ll never, never watch this. Not even years from now. Not even the trailer,” a source informed Entertainment Weekly.
Anderson’s friend Courtney Love blasted the performance in a now-deleted tweet, saying it “rehashed old wounds” and created “complex trauma” for her dear buddy once more.
Anderson, on the other hand, has opted to speak up – on her own terms.
Anderson’s “wicked, wild, and lost” life will be documented in a documentary that will be released on Netflix at a later date, providing her the opportunity to “set the record straight as she looks back on her professional path and her personal journey.”