A new video illustrates just how perfect James Franco’s portrayal of cult film icon Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist really is. Based in part on the non-fiction book of the same name written by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell, the upcoming dramedy is being co-produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and directed by Franco, as a cinematic portrayal of the true story behind the making of The Room.
For those in the know, The Room is an independent film that was first released in 2003 from then-unknown writer/director/actor Wiseau. Infamous for its low-budget and bizarre narrative structure – which includes several interweaving and unrelated sub-plots that go unresolved – the movie eventually became a cult phenomenon for being one of the worst movies ever made. In 2013, Wiseau’s co-star and personal confidant Greg Sestero published his account of the making of the movie in the form of The Disaster Artist – which is now a film centering around the oddity that is Wiseau.
As illustrated by The Disaster Artist teaser trailer and teaser poster, Franco is also starring in The Disaster Artist as Wiseau – with the above video mashup showing how uncanny Franco’s performance really is. Posting to his personal Twitter account, freelance writer Jacob Oller has superimposed Wiseau’s original performance in The Room over footage from Franco’s film, in order to compare the two actors’ respective takes on the same “character.”
It really is strange how perfectly matched the two pieces of footage are, and Franco definitely seems to have fully immersed himself in what could very well be the role of a lifetime. The Disaster Artist premiered at SXSW earlier this year to a standing ovation, and courtesy of Oller, it’s easy to see why viewers were so taken with Franco’s performance as cult film icon, Tommy Wiseau.
The Room will likely remain a go-to staple within the world of cult film notoriety, and Wiseau has continued to make his presence known as a countercultural force to be reckoned with – even though his very presence continues to be a puzzling abstraction. If Franco and company play their cards right with the impending theatrical release of The Disaster Artist, then maybe some of the mystery surrounding Wiseau will be solved. Either way, Franco really seems to be dialed into one of the wackiest roles he’s taken on since Spring Breakers, and for that everyone can be thankful.
Source: Jacob Oller
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