It's difficult to describe Tommy Wiseau and his bizarre appeal. His movie, The Room, was universally panned by the few who saw it when it first came out back in 2003. Wiseau wrote, directed, and starred in the film, which is considered to be one of the absolute worst movies ever made.
Despite, or perhaps, because of how terrible it is, The Room quickly developed a cult following. The film's amateurish direction, terrible blue screen effects, atrocious acting, and obvious plot holes led to it being adored as a classic of the "so-bad-it's-good" variety. Wiseau, in particular, developed an aura of mystique due to his incomprehensible accent and mysterious background – nobody actually knows where he came from, though reports suggest he may be from either France or Poland. Of his upbringing, Wiseau has only said that he grew up "in Europe."
Additionally, nobody knows where the funding for The Room's six million dollar budget came from, though rumors suggest Wiseau is independently wealthy due to his work in real estate. It's also entirely possible that Tommy Wiseau is, in fact, a vampire. Nobody knows for sure.
Whatever the case may be, Tommy Wiseau is here to stay. He's got a bizarrely infectious energy, and audiences just can't help but to be enamored with whatever he's saying, even if it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. To that end, Wiseau has several projects in the works. Read on to find out all about them.
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Greg Sestero was Tommy Wiseau's co-star in The Room (he played Mark, of "oh hi, Mark!" fame). He wrote a tell-all book about the film's troubled production and the incongruous sensibilities of its writer/director/producer/star. The book, The Disaster Artist, would be adapted into a film directed by and starring James Franco as Tommy Wiseau (Wiseau himself has a small cameo in the movie).
The legend goes that after seeing a rough cut of the movie, Sestero was inspired to write a new movie as a vehicle for Tommy Wiseau to mend any potentially broken bridges between the two. The resultant film, Best F(r)iends, is a black comedy starring Wiseau and Sestero.
Sestero plays a lonely drifter who gets picked up by Wiseau's character, a mysterious mortician. Together, they embark on a road trip adventure and cross paths with a variety of characters. Based on the trailer, there's potential here for Best F(r)iends to actually be a good movie, while also acting as something of a spiritual successor to The Room. As an added wrinkle, the film is presented in two parts: Volume One releases on March 30, while Volume Two hits theaters on June 1.
In early March 2018, a strange trailer appeared on Tommy Wiseau's YouTube page, promoting something called Scary Love. At first, indications were that it was some kind of movie, or possibly a TV or internet show. Eventually, it was revealed to be a music video for the latest single from the popular band, The Neighborhood.
The video sees Tommy Wiseau star as some kind of brokenhearted sci-fi noir bounty hunter who walks into a diner and gets into a heated battle with a waitress. Set in a neon-soaked city-scape of laser guns, over-the-top fashion, and fog machines, the video is a visually arresting, almost hypnotic piece of pop art. It ends with an ominous message, "To be continued..." suggesting that Wiseau's career as an actor in music videos is only just getting started.