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Jessica Chastain says she told female extras ‘not to listen’ to George & Tammy lyrics

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Jessica Chastain said she told female extras she ‘didn’t want them to listen’ to lyrics of Run, Woman, Run while filming for her lead role in the George & Tammy biopic series.

The American actress, 45, starred alongside Michael Shannon, 48, in the new Paramount drama, which saw Jessica take on difficult moments during filming.

She revealed that before standing on stage to perform the 1980 country hit, she found herself warning the young female extras sat in the crowd to not listen to the words she sang before shooting.

Difficult role: Jessica Chastain said she told female extras she ‘didn’t want them to listen’ to lyrics of Run, Woman, Run while filming for her lead role in the George & Tammy biopic series

Speaking to The Guardian, Jessica said: ‘I looked out at all these sweet, young faces staring up at me and said, ‘Girls: I do not want you to listen to the lyrics of this song! 

”Please… I love Tammy, but she did not believe this – she was married five times, so do not take any of this as gospel’.’

George & Tammy tells the story of the romance between famed country musicians George Jones and Tammy Wynette.

She has previously said performing Stand by Your Man was more intimidating than any of the other songs she performed.

Stars: The American actress, 45, starred alongside Michael Shannon, 48, in the new Paramount drama which saw Jessica take on difficult moments during filming

Stars: The American actress, 45, starred alongside Michael Shannon, 48, in the new Paramount drama which saw Jessica take on difficult moments during filming

‘That song is something that you hear over and over again and it’s so entrenched in the history of country music,’ she said in an interview with Yahoo Entertainment

‘Also, the gender debate [around it]. It’s such a loaded song that I think most of my nervousness came from that aspect of it.’

In her interview with The Guardian, Jessica also touched on the Me Too movement within Hollywood after explaining how she felt the need to save Tammy Wynette from ‘years of unfair feminist dismissal’.

She expressed how she would ‘never be angry’ at another woman for working with men who have been exposed as abusers.

‘Even now, with Me Too,  people will say, ‘Are you angry with this actress, who spoke in support of this person?’… I will never be angry at a woman for having to do what she had to do to support herself and survive, because she’s playing by different rules than the men.

Her co-star Michael Shannon, who plays the titular George, also told Yahoo about the importance of performing the songs in the show. 

‘A lot of the story of these two people is told through the songs,’ he said. ‘A lot of the emotion and the relationship that they had was from singing together, whether they were married or divorced or married to other people or throughout their life.’ 

Warned: She revealed that before standing on stage to perform the 1980 country hit, she found herself warning the young female extras sat in the crowd to not listen to the lyrics

Warned: She revealed that before standing on stage to perform the 1980 country hit, she found herself warning the young female extras sat in the crowd to not listen to the lyrics

‘They came together when they sang and they had a very intimate communication with one another that I don’t think we could have accomplished if we were just lip syncing to the music,’ Shannon added. 

Jessica’s work on George & Tammy isn’t the only project she’s worked on recently. Her movies Memory and Mother’s Instinct are both in post-production. 

She will soon star work on The Division the story of a virus and the people who survive it and attempt to save humanity. 

Jake Gyllenhaal is also signed on to the movie helmed by Red Notice director Rawson Marshall Thurber.

The headline to this article originally included the suggestion first made in the Guardian that Jessica Chastain was ‘personally offended’ by Tammy Wynette’s lyrics. We have been contacted by representatives for Ms Chastain who advise this is not correct. The headline has also been edited to correctly refer to ‘Run, Woman, Run’ and not ‘Stand By Your Man’. 

Performing: Speaking to The Guardian , Jessica said: 'I looked out at all these sweet, young faces staring up at me and said, "Girls: I do not want you to listen to the lyrics of this song!'

Performing: Speaking to The Guardian , Jessica said: ‘I looked out at all these sweet, young faces staring up at me and said, ‘Girls: I do not want you to listen to the lyrics of this song!’



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