‘Britney Ever After’ Doesn’t Miss Any of the Crazy in Spears’ Pop Star Life

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It may only be a few hours long, but Lifetime’s Britney Spears biopic, Britney Ever After, is thorough. The TV movie about one of the world’s biggest pop stars (played by Natasha Bassett) doesn’t miss a beat of the singer’s life. Her childhood in The All New Mickey Mouse Club? It’s in there. Her teenage romance with Justin Timberlake (Nathan Keyes)? In there too. Her doomed marriage to Kevin Federline (Clayton Chitty) and the head-shaving nervous breakdown that followed? Yep.

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But the movie also hits other memorable moments, like the time Britney performed “I’m a Slave 4 U” at the 2001 MTV Music Video Awards with a seven-foot-long yellow python wrapped around her neck. “Filming that scene was petrifying,” Bassett says. “It took me about half an hour just to touch it. Then the producers kept trying to distract me so I would forget I had a python on my shoulders. This worked for one or two seconds. I later found out that Britney broke out in hives when she had to do it, so I didn’t feel so bad!”

Britney Ever After, TV Movie, Saturday, Feb. 18, 8/7c, Lifetime