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For those counting down the days until the premiere of the new Hulu miniseries Pam & Tommy, there’s some truly outstanding news regarding one pivotal scene between Tommy Lee (played by Sebastian Stan) and his not-so-little Tommy.

In a new feature from Variety, the second episode of the miniseries finds Lee having a “heart-to-heart talk with his penis” about whether or not he has fallen in love with Pamela Anderson, even though they had just met.

To take this situation from hilarious to brilliantly hilarious, Lee’s penis will be voiced by Jason Mantzoukas, whose credits notably include Rafi from The League, Dennis Feinstein from Parks and Recreation and Jay Bilzerian, the horny bisexual middle schooler from Big Mouth. (For anyone that has seen Big Mouth, Jay Bilzerian would probably be really proud of Mantzoukas for landing this gig. Actually, Rafi and Dennis Feinstein would probably be really proud, too.)

Anyway, Variety notes Lee’s exchange with his penis was inspired by a passage from the Motley Crue drummer’s 2004 memoir Tommyland. Creator and showrunner Robert Siegel said, “As much as I’d like to take credit for that, I was simply adapting a chapter from [Lee’s] memoir. I think it might be a first [for television]. There was gentle pushback, because you’ve got to push back a little when a talking penis is presented to you. But Hulu was extremely supportive.”

So, what was it like filming a scene like this? Director and executive producer Craig Gillespie said it was “just awkward” and would detail, “You’ve got four puppeteers working with an animatronic penis. And then, how much is too much, and do you start to lose his emotional torment of what’s going on? Hopefully it works.”

As for Stan, he said of acting opposite an animatronic penis, “By the end of it, I treated it like it was an intimate buddy conversation that one might have when they’re falling in love.”

Pam & Tommy will be premiering on Hulu — animatronic penis and all — on February 2.

 


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