George & Tammy tells the story of two huge country music stars who in turn starred in the most intense and moving love story. George Jones (Michael Shannon) was the top figure of the genre, loved by the public despite the fact that he was a lost alcoholic and often canceled performances of him.
Tammy Wynette, played by Jessica Chastain, was shyly starting her own career and adored George: she knew all his songs and attended his shows like any other fan.
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The miniseries, produced by Jessica Chastain herself, handles a high degree of emotion throughout the story, but it does have some superlative moments: the way Tammy talks to the musicians before recording her first audition, for example, and He immediately achieves his devotion and dedication. It also highlights the way in which she manages to overcome the difficult situation that she had to face before the public in Las Vegas, since George had not appeared.
“George & Tammy” traces the lives of two country music stars. (Photo: Paramount).
The love story between them is of a moving intensity that reaches a very high point in the formidable scene in which he “steals” her from her husband. The series, advised by Georgette Jones, their daughter, chronicles the rises and falls of these two great country stars based on her book The Three of Us: Growing Up with Tammy and George. Two careers with their respective relationships with the record companies, the musical producers of each one, the friends, the children, the baseness of her ex-husband.
The plot sails through their most famous songs, sung by the same actors, and only in the climactic moments are the most significant songs sung in their entirety: Tammy sings the legendary “Stand by Your Man” in a heartbreaking way and he risks his life when he sings for her “He Stopped Loving Her Today”. Every time he manages to give up alcohol, he affirms that the public prefers him drunk, despite his frequent absences.
“They don’t want to see me happy,” he says. And she replies: “I do.” But the truth is that pain and abandonment, sad personal truths, are the themes that feed these songs that the public loves. Tammy was declared “The First Lady of Country Music” and she along with George Jones represent the living history of the genre.
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The director of the miniseries is John Hillcoat; Steve Zahn as George Richey, the author of Tammy’s songs and her tireless, avid worshiper. Kelly McCormack as Sheila, Tammy’s best friend and Richey’s long-suffering wife. There are six episodes, on Paramount +.
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