One of the most mysterious stories going around in Hollywood is that of Tommy Wiseau and his movie The Room. Internationally known as the worst reviewed movie of all time, it’s a story of two friends that couldn’t land a single acting gig in Los Angeles, so they decided to make a movie of their own. Funded with Wiseau’s seemingly unlimited bank account (to this day no one knows how he got his money, or who he even is) they set out on an adventure to create their own film. Now, plenty years later, it has grown to a cult-phenomenon, with theatres still playing the infamous movie and sparking a massive following since its initial release.
James Franco and long-time collaborator Seth Rogen decided it would be a good time to bring this story to the big screen, ironically doing so in a much better fashion than Wiseau ever could. Franco has already brought home the Golden Globe and will surely get a nod from the Oscar committee, as long as the allegations for sexual abuse against him don’t get in the way.
Franco plays Tommy, who meets his now-still friend Greg, played by Franco’s brother Dave, in San Francisco. Franco is the eccentric and really strange Wiseau, Dave however seems to be only sporting the same two expressions. That of disbelief, and that of a huge smile. Then again, maybe Greg was a bozo in real life, which would make this performance all the more real.
The Disaster Artist is really something you need to see for yourself. It’s more a documentary than a studio film. It features twists and events that are so surreal, it’s hard to believe that it actually happened. But it did. It’s a bold tale of friendship, courage and pursuing your goals. Because even though his movie is terrible, 19 years later Wiseau still made it onto the stage of the Golden Globes.