James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” the upcoming film about the making of Tommy Wiseau’s infamously terrible 2003 indie drama “The Room,” drew great reviews out of SXSW and looks to become a cult classic of its own.
Ahead of its Toronto premiere, it has been revealed that Wiseau has seen it and has given it his stamp of approval – bar one tiny thing. Speaking to EW this week, James Franco elaborated on Wiseau’s post-screening reaction:
“He didn’t see it until SXSW, and we were unsure of what he was going to think, especially because he said, [mimicking Wiseau’s accent] ‘Greg book only 40 percent true’. It was like, well, that’s what we based it on, so what are you going to think about our movie?
And that screening was so successful, it was like a rock concert. That and the ‘Spring Breakers’ screening at SXSW [in 2013] would be the two greatest screenings of my life, I imagine.
I was like, ‘So, Tommy, what did you think of the movie?’ And he said, ‘I approve 99.9 percent.’ And we were like, ‘What was the 0.1 percent? He said, ‘I think the lighting, in the beginning, a little off.’ [Laughs] I told Brandon [Trost, ‘The Disaster Artist’ cinematographer]. He was like, Yeah, maybe we should watch ‘The Room,’ get some lighting pointers!”
Franco himself along with Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zach Efron, Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith and Bryan Cranston star in the film which opens on December 1st in limited release before going wide on December 8th.