The latest ripped-from-the-headlines Lifetime movie examines the infamous 1993 case where Lorena Bobbitt severed her husband John Wayne Bobbitt’s penis while he slept, later alleging she had suffered years of rapes and abuse at the hands of her husband. I Was Lorena Bobbitt premieres Monday, May 25, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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‘I Was Lorena Bobbitt’ Preview
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Lifetime Original Movie, and to celebrate, the network is releasing over 100 new titles in 2020. One of them is I Was Lorena Bobbitt, the latest true-crime title.
“Lorena Bobbitt became a household name and made tabloid headlines when after years of abuse by her husband, she cut off his penis with a knife in 1993. Now nearly 30 years later, Lorena tells her story, and hers alone, for the first time with Lifetime,” reads the press release. “This fully authorized film, in which Bobbitt serves as an executive producer, follows her journey from a wide-eyed, immigrant bride to a battered wife into an unlikely media sensation. I Am Lorena Bobbitt also documents her ultimately emerging as a strong, thoughtful woman who has devoted her life to advocating for other abused women.”
Dani Montalvo (Dispatches From Elsewhere) stars in the title role and Luke Humphrey (Tiny Pretty Things) plays her husband. Bobbitt herself serves as executive producer and on-screen narrator. Following the premiere of the film, Lifetime will run a PSA for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence featuring the actors and Lorena Bobbitt, as part of Lifetime’s public affairs campaign, Stop Violence Against Women.
In an interview with MediaVillage, Humphrey said he was nervous about playing such a villainous role, but he thinks this is an important story to tell.
“To be honest, I’m a little bit nervous about playing such a villain and the response it may invoke on a personal level,” said Humphrey. “But this is the kind of story and role that’s important to share. I’m excited to have this project out there, but it was something I really struggled with and was quite nervous about.”
He added, “It’s a story of survival and the stakes are life-and-death. What I got through the late-night talk-show punchlines [at the time it happened] was this silly anecdote that didn’t give us the reality of what this woman was living through, and the stakes she had to play with every single day.”
I Was Lorena Bobbitt premieres Monday, May 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime. It is being rebroadcast May 26 at midnight, May 31 at 10 p.m., June 1 at 2 a.m., and June 6 at 6 p.m.
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