LOS ANGELES, Nov 14 — In The Disaster Artist, James Franco stars as Tommy Wiseau, the eccentric director, actor and producer of The Room, the 2003 film which has achieved cult status because it’s so bad, it’s good.
The film had a centrepiece premiere at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles where Franco, who also directs, explained why Wiseau’s film is actually good.
“I think there’s something about the movie that is more that people identify with the passion underneath it and so he is an artist in that sense, so it’s a disaster and it’s a piece of art,” James said.
Dave Franco plays Wiseau’s best friend Greg Sestero, whose memoir about the production of The Room inspired the film.
“You know, we never wanted to make fun of The Room or Tommy Wiseau who is the man at the centre of it all. On the contrary, we wanted to celebrate Tommy and we wanted to celebrate this movie and celebrate people who have dreams and don’t take no for an answer,” Dave said.
Both Wiseau and Sestero gave their seal of approval by appearing at the premiere.
“People would make fun of The Room but 15 years later it’s still selling out cinemas across the world. At this point, how can you call it the worst movie? It’s a success, you know.”
And The Disaster Artist is also a success, garnering glowing reviews across the board. It’s out in cinemas in the US on December 8. — Reuters