And yet regardless of my feelings on The Room, James Franco's adaptation of the film's making-of, The Disaster Artist, uses Tommy Wiseau's infamous film as a springboard for a story of friendship and creativity. The making-of The Room tale is seen through the eyes of Greg Sestero (Dave Franco), who served as a line producer on the film and played Mark, of "oh, hi Mark" fame.
The audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival's screenings for Midnight Madness, the festival's genre-focused thread, are typically more like those you'd find at a concert than a cinematheque. We shot at locations that I had hung out at when I was a struggling actor coming up in L.A., and just their story of trying to make it, I can relate to. While we can argue whether or not that sympathy is deserved for the real-life Wiseau, from the perspective of the movie, it's essential that we care about this total misfit.
Franco himself plays Tommy, while his brother Dave Franco plays Greg.
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The Room, as you're probably well aware by now, falls into that pantheon of movies-so-bad-that-they're-good.
That's not to say it isn't amusing - plenty of The Disaster Artist will have you keeling over in laughter.
"The Disaster Artist" received a standing ovation when it first screened as a work in progress at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March. The film also stars Seth Rogen, Sharon Stone, Hannibal Buress, Jacki Weaver, Melanie Griffith, Zac Efron, Alison Brie and Megan Mullally.