Over the past few weeks, I’ve extensively covered the strange yet heartwarming story of the critically panned film that became a cult classic among it’s countless devoted fans including myself, “The Room.”


Starring Tommy Wiseau — who also directed, wrote and produced the movie — “The Room” is a melodrama with elements of adultery, betrayal and the dangers of drugs told through cringe-inducing dialogue. For example, in the movie, there are many scenes that share virtually no importance to the main plot of the film, subplots that are introduced and then abandoned with no explanation, and a surprising number of repeating gags that have become beloved quirks to the huge cult following the film has received.


A decade after starring as the film’s protagonist and Johnny’s best friend Mark, actor Greg Sestero who played a major role in the production, published a memoir titled “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made.” The book described Sestero’s experience during the making of the film and revealed eccentric qualities of the man in charge, Tommy Wiseau.


In 2014, Seth Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures purchased film rights for the memoir written by Sestero. Soon after this purchase, longtime collaborators of Rogen, James and Dave Franco, announced that they will be starring in the film as Wiseau and Sestero, respectively.  In the comedy-drama film, the Franco brothers each portrayed the weird and oftentimes tumultuous friendship that Sestero and Wiseau formed during the film’s production, and how Wiseau interacted with the cast.


Released this past December, with much anticipation, “The Disaster Artist” featured an equally star-studded cast of actresses and actors that previously worked with Rogen and the Franco brothers. Some them include: Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Jason Mantzoukas, Paul Scheer, Rafi, Dr. Andre Nozick, and Megan Mullally, to name a few.


After receiving a standing ovation at South by Southwest’s film festival, “The Disaster Artist,” got overwhelming positive reviews from critics alike, several of whom considered it among their favorite films of the year. For example, The Playlist’s Erik Childress described James Franco’s performance his “best, since Academy award nomination for “Best Actor” in the movie 127 Hours.


James Franco as Tommy Wiseau in "The Disaster Artist"

James Franco as Tommy Wiseau (iwatchstuff)

With all the attention and positive reviews given about the film, it is fitting that “The Disaster Artist” was nominated for “Best Motion Picture -Musical or Comedy” and “Best Actor – Musical or Comedy” for James Franco’s performance. Prior to the Golden Globes, Franco announced that if he won, he would give Tommy Wiseau the honor that he has rightfully earned; being on stage at The Golden Globes.


As fate would have it and much to the dismay of “The Greatest Showman” star Hugh Jackman, James Franco earned his Golden Globe and as promised, brought the very mysterious filmmaker on the stage during his acceptance speech.


Although Franco grabbed the microphone away from Wiseau once Wiseau attempted to address the audience, seeing a very thankful Wiseau on the stage at the Golden Globes, a dream he always aspired for, was oddly motivational, almost a film-making version of the sports classic “Rudy”. 


In an interview with KTLA, Wiseau stated that while on the Golden Globes stage, he wished that he had the opportunity to repeat a trademark line from his film; a quote which reinforces the belief of acceptance and universal love that everyone with a heart aims for. 


“If everyone loved each other, the world would be a place to live.”


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