The Disaster Artist doesn't have a shared universe to set up, but it still has a pretty awesome post-credits scene that's well worth waiting for. The Room has finally come full circle, with the "Citizen Kane of so-bad-it's-good movies" leading to a serious Oscar contender. The story of The Disaster Artist takes us from the meeting of Tommy Wiseau (James Franco, who also directs) and Greg Sestero (Dave Franco), through their move to L.A. and production of the "worst movie ever made" to its world premiere, which in this version is met with raucous laughter and leads to Tommy facing up to the notion of artistic intent (in reality, the turn from waylaid passion project to underground classic took years, but we'll allow some degree of creative license).
We leave the Francos' versions of the duo here, with a brief coda highlighting the insane cult afterlife of the film and a side-by-side showcase of how accurate the filmmakers' recreations of The Room really are. However, there's more to come.
The post-credits scene comes after all that, picking up an undisclosed number of years later with Tommy (still played by James) at a rooftop party, standing by himself. Then comes the movie's best cameo: Tommy Wiseau himself. He plays Henry, an equally weird guy who comes up to Franco and introduces himself. The pair immediately bicker, each out faux-aloofing each other before Tommy asks Henry about his accent, asking "Where are you from, New Orleans?" Henry affirms then the pair part angrily.
The Post-Credits Scene and Tommy Wiseau's Cameo Explained
What The Post-Credits Scene Means
One of the biggest running gags about Wiseau - both in the movie and real life - is that despite being of clear Eastern European descent and speaking in a thick accent with somewhat broken English, he maintains he was born and grew up in New Orleans. Quite why he repeats this is unclear although, given his obsession with Tennesse Williams, we'd suggest some form of creative inspiration. Franco never tries to explain but instead goes all in with both a pitch-perfect recreation and complete devotion to The Big Easy origin. Thus it only makes sense that movie Tommy would recognize Henry's accent being similar to his own and conclude he too was "from" New Orleans.
So, this isn't just a neat little appearance from Wiseau in a film that, for all the laughs, has real empathy for The Room's mastermind, but the ultimate payoff to Franco's biggest joke. He worked so hard on the accent, making sure it was evoking rather than imitation, and hilariously kept it up while directing (meaning, at points, he was directing a scene of Tommy directing with Tommy's voice), so giving it a showdown with the man himself is only fitting.
Although that's nice enough, the stinger has gained extra meaning with the release of The Disaster Artist as the whole accent fiasco has actually been put to rest! Even though he'd been keeping up the facade all the way from his emergence with The Room to the present, Tommy actually admitted on Jimmy Kimmel that - much to the shock of James Franco - while he has become "all-American guy", he is indeed from Eastern Europe.
If that all reads like a weird fever dream, just you wait: the reason this scene exists in the first place, and why it's at the very end of the credits, is even more bizarre...