Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Counterbalance: “Downton Abbey’s” Cousin Rose Stars as Pam Anderson in Satire About Tommy Lee Sex Tape with Sebastian Stan


So: Lily James got her career break playing Cousin Rose on “Downton Abbey.” She was meant to fill in for Sybil, who died in childbirth after the actress left the show and Julian Fellows killed the character. Remember?

Cousin Rose was married off to a nice Jewish guy and they went to America, where Lily James has never stopped working. Now she’s playing Pamela Anderson in a satire about the making of Pam and Tommy Lee’s sex tape. It’s a white trash fest, quite the opposite of “Downton Abbey.”

The aptly named “Pam & Tommy” will be on Hulu February 2nd. Sebastian Stan plays Tommy. Seth Rogen and Nick Offerman are the videographers. No scones will be served. And this is why Lily James can’t be in “Downton Abbey” sequels. (She’s very good in “The Pursuit of Love” on Amazon Prime.)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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