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The Disaster Artist (2017)

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When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Greg / 'Mark'
... Tommy / 'Johnny'
... Sandy
... Juliette / 'Lisa'
... Amber
... Carolyn / 'Claudette'
... Raphael
... Dan / 'Chris-R'
... Philip / 'Denny'
... Robyn / 'Michelle'
... Mrs. Sestero
... Peter
... Scott Holmes / 'Mike'
... Kyle Vogt / 'Peter'
... Todd
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Aspiring actor Greg Sestero befriends the eccentric Tommy Wiseau. The two travel to L.A, and when Hollywood rejects them, Tommy decides to write, direct, produce and star in their own movie. That movie is The Room, which has attained cult status as the "Citizen Kane" of bad movies. Written by rorybobglynn

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Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,211,345, 3 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,120,616, 8 March 2018
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Before shooting the sex scene, Tommy mentions Alfred Hitchcock being abusive to his actors on the set of The Birds (1963). Melanie Griffith, who appears in this film, is the daughter of actress Tippi Hedren, who appeared in "The Birds" and Marnie (1964) for Hitchock, and who has described that director's behavior as being very possessive and abusive toward her. See more »

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The scene in which a star-struck Tommy approaches Judd Apatow in a restaurant takes place in 2002, when it is highly unlikely that Tommy would have recognized him. Apatow had produced the shows Freaks & Geeks (2000) and Undeclared (2001), but did not achieve celebrity status until he directed The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005) and Knocked Up (2007). However, as Apatow is never identified by name, it could be argued he's playing a fictional producer and not himself, especially as he's much nastier than the real Apatow. See more »

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[Tommy prepares to film his sex scene, and he is walking in the set completely naked]
Tommy Wiseau: Okay, okay, we go.
Greg Sestero: Tommy, Tommy, this is not necessary.
Tommy Wiseau: No. It very necessary. I need to show my ass to sell this movie, okay?
Greg Sestero: That's not true.
Sandy Schklair: At least we have a closed set.
Tommy Wiseau: Not closed set. Open set. Life is not closed set! I want everyone to see!
[points at Greg]
Tommy Wiseau: You, especially.
Greg Sestero: W-what? Why? What?
[...]
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Crazy Credits

While Corona's song "Rhythm Of The Night" plays over the credits, you can hear Tommy(Franco) singing along to the song. See more »

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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 12 January 2018 (2018) See more »

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It Takes Two
Written by Rob Base (as Robert Ginyard Jr.) & James Brown
Performed by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
Courtesy of Arista Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Contains sample of "Think (About It)"
Performed by Lyn Collins
Courtesy of Republic Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Loving pastiche of a cult film catastrophe
28 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau met at a San Francisco acting class in 1998. A young, nervous model, Greg was amazed by the bombastic, crazed performances of Tommy. Greg agreed to be his scene partner and had soon moved to Tommy's LA apartment on a peppercorn rent.

As Greg started to find some success as an actor in Hollywood, a jealous Tommy decided to make himself a star, pumping six million dollars into a film he wrote, directed, produced and played the male lead. Greg was given a supporting role, and the cult 'best worst movie ever made' The Room was born.

Like many others, my experience with The Room began watching with friends, before cinema screenings and listening to audiobook The Disaster Artist written by Tom Bissell and Greg Sestero himself. This book is revelatory not just for its depiction of the massive tensions on the set of The Room as Tommy's behaviour cost him crew after crew, but in showing the strange, interdependent friendship of Tommy and Greg.

The Disaster Artist film adaptation plays off the ironic success of The Room, now played to packed midnight screenings in a manner akin to The Rocky Picture Show. It is also able to deftly pit the emotional core of the film Greg (Dave Franco), against the force of nature that is Tommy Wiseau (played by James Franco).

James Franco is able to capture some of the bizarreness of Tommy, most memorably in a scene where Tommy prances around naked while bellowing orders at an enraged crew. Franco has finally found the role where he can be as weird as he likes, thanks to Tommy's unplaceable accent, black locks, missing millions, and unwavering narcissism.

The script is a lighter version of the downright madness Greg Sesestro recalled, and while amusing before shooting of The Room starts it could have done with some more of that deranged bent. Seth Rogen also comes into The Disaster Artist at this point, and is a highlight as the bemused script supervisor Sandy.

What is an enjoyable film takes on a whole new level at the premiere, as the loving homages to The Room comes to life. Seeing James Franco do his take on 'you're tearing me apart!' and the many other classics is a reminder of what makes watching The Room so hilarious in the first place.

The Disaster Artist has huge fun imitating scenes of The Room, even showing their recreation side by side with the original (one with HD cameras and the other in 35mm, a nod to Wiseau's inexplicable decision to shoot in both formats simultaneously).

It's clear the Franco brothers love The Room and its cult fans. This film is unashamedly made for them, talking head celebrities opening The Disaster Artist by waxing lyrical about their own obsession with Wiseau's 'masterpiece'. As one of the converted to the 'so bad it's enjoyable' this made the film all the better, though I also questioned how much crossover appeal The Disaster Artist will ever have to those with no previous knowledge of The Room.

The most obvious comparison to The Disaster Artist is Tim Burton's Ed Wood, a biopic of the director who made the notoriously awful Plan 9 From Outer Space. While both are ready to mock their subject's failures, Franco and Burton also have a clear admiration for their subject's tenacity. We can all deride Tommy Wiseau, but what feature film have you made recently?


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