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.
This film is based on the book of the same name by Sestero, which chronicles the making of Wiseau’s infamous film The Room, which is widely considered to be the “Citizen Kane of bad movies.” The Disaster Artist was a passion project for James Franco, who viewed the piece as a combination of Boogie Nights and The Master. Initially, Wiseau had hoped Johnny Depp would portray him in the film, but he later agreed to Franco. The Disaster Artist is the first time James has worked with his brother, Dave, on a film, after the younger Franco intentionally took roles in other projects in an effort to make a name for himself. A24, the indie studio best known for Oscar-winning movies Room and Moonlight is distributing domestically.
A work-in-progress cut of The Disaster Artist premiered in March 2017 at the SXSW festival to much praise. Franco’s turn as Wiseau in particular was seen as a standout, with many impressed by the way he transformed into his role. Critics have remarked how The Disaster Artist is sincere and poignant in its approach, elevating beyond the many jokes people have made about The Room and spinning it into a story about fulfilling dreams and realizing career aspirations. Due to the positive buzz, Disaster Artist is a possible dark horse on the awards circuit, especially for Franco and the adapted screenplay.
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