Sebastian Stan: It was terrible to learn drums from scratch for Tommy Lee’s role

Sebastian Stan: Learning Drums From Scratch For Tommy Lee Role Was Terrifying

Sebastian Stan has admitted that learning to play the drums was the most difficult aspect of playing rocker Tommy Lee.

The 39-year-old actor played the Mötley Crüe drummer in the Hulu production ‘Pam and Tommy,’ but admits that learning to play the instrument for the character was “quite terrifying.”

“The drums,” he told ‘Entertainment Tonight’ during the ‘Pam and Tommy’ premiere at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, when asked what the most difficult part of taking on the role was.

I don’t play the drums because I’m not a drummer. I don’t know how to play any instruments. So simply going at it and learning from the ground up was daunting.

“I believe [Tommy Lee] was dubbed the finest drummer on the planet, so it felt like large shoes to fill.” But I gave it my all.”

The ‘Captain America: The First Avenger star also addressed awards season rumors, acknowledging that he and Lily James – who played Pamela Anderson in the miniseries – would love it if they were recognized for their work, but insisting that it was not the main reason he agreed to participate.

“I’m sure I’d be wonderful,” he continued, “but I believe we did this with the greatest of intentions to try to advance the conversation in some manner.”

“Reconsider events we thought we knew, and perhaps process them differently, and that’s about all we can hope for.” Everything else is, I suppose, frosting on the cake after that. “All I can say is that I’m delighted it’s resonating with people.”