The Disaster Artist, James Franco’s telling of the making of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, is a lot of things. It’s a big, loopy comedy about a strange movie that shouldn’t have existed, let alone found love. It’s the best thing our ever-restless boy Franco has ever made. It’s the first time Franco has acted alongside his brother Dave, the adorable baby Franco. And in part, The Disaster Artist can be read as a spinoff of the real, public relationship of James, the oddball, and Dave, the cheery all-American.
It’s considered the best worst movie ever made and now the story behind Tommy’s ‘classic’ is about to hit cinemas.The Disaster Artist is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Tommy’s co-star Greg Sestero.
And now James Franco, a self-confessed fan of The Room, stars as the man himself with his younger brother Dave playing Greg.The two appear in this exclusive scene from the new movie with Tommy arriving back at their apartment. And boy is James uncanny.Greg is with his love interest Amber and we are immediately introduced to Tommy’s eccentricities.
When asked how he’s doing by Greg, Tommy replies he’s being taught by acting teacher Constantin Stanislavski who he claims has seen something special in him.But Amber points out that the famous Russian is dead, which he is. He died in 1938.But Tommy retorts: “No, he not dead. I just speak to him for your information. What you think I speak to ghost?”
A24 has released a new trailer for The Disaster Artist. Directed by James Franco and written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber ((500) Days of Summer), the film follows the making of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, the infamous cult film that’s frequently cited as one of the worst movies ever made.
While the notion of James Franco directing a movie about the making of one of the worst films ever made sounds like an art project, having seen The Disaster Artist I can attest this is a genuinely great—and hilarious—film and is by far Franco’s best work as a director. While the film certainly has fun with Wiseau’s personality and the ridiculous production of The Room, Franco understands that Wiseau’s story—of an artist wanting to express himself and to make something that speaks to many people—transcends the specifics of The Room. In that way it feels surprisingly personal, and Franco’s performance as Wiseau is genuinely the best of his career, with his brother Dave Franco turning in career-best work as well. So yeah, you’re gonna want to see this movie.
Check out the newThe Disaster Artist trailer below and click here to read Matt’s review from TIFF. The film opens in limited release on December 1st, goes wide on December 8th, and also stars Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, Jacki Weaver, Ari Graynor, and Jason Mantzoukas
Director, producer, actor – James Franco is firing on all creative cylinders in The Disaster Artist, and it’s telling that this restlessly inventive star (his critics are always bitching that Franco tries to do too much) is giving everything he has to a movie about … the worst filmmaker of the 21st century.