But how to tell such a story, with its obvious sex appeal, in a way that entertains but doesn’t add exploitation? (Anderson and Lee were not involved in production.) It’s a complicated proposition, especially since the truth is so virtual it can heighten the myth.
Based on an eye-catching investigation Article about Rolling Stone from 2014, written by Amanda Chicago Lewis, the show begins with the story equivalent of Miata’s tire squeal. The man who set the wheel to motion — and who, in the early episodes, seemed to be the moral center of the show — was Gauthier, the son of little Hollywood royalty. (In 1975, his father, Dick Gautier, played Robin Hood in Mel Brooks’ short-lived sitcom “When Everything Goes Rotten.” Rand revised the spelling of his own surname.)
As depicted in “Pam & Tommy,” Gauthier was helping to remodel Lee and Anderson’s mansion when he was fired, with money still owed by a capricious and stingy Lee (Sebastian Stan). Having run out of thousands of dollars, Gauthier returned to recover his tools, when, as Gauthier alleges in the article, Lee shoved a shotgun in his face. (Lee and Anderson declined to comment on the Rolling Stone article.)
Enraged, he concocts an elaborate plan to make up for his loss by stealing a 6-foot-tall safe from Lee’s home, the contents of which are unknown. One of the show’s funniest scenes depicts Gauthier trying to fool Lee’s security cameras by covering his back with a white cloth and kneeling on all fours to look like his giant dog. Lee.
“Because I was on the show, people assumed it was made up,” Rogen said, laughing.
Lee kept the precious video in that safe, along with Anderson’s gun and jewelry. The tape was shadowed and amnesiac until early 1996, when the couple discovered that footage of their X-rated activity on a boat on Lake Mead began to appear publicly. Anderson and Lee, now the object of attention, belatedly realized the tape had been stolen and soon turned into a late-night joke.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/02/arts/television/pamela-anderson-tommy-lee-hulu.html ‘Pam & Tommy’: A Story of Sex, Crime and Videotape