James Franco's The Disaster Artist Has the Best Trailer of the Year

Posted September 13, 2017

In the first trailer for The Disaster Artist - based on Greg Sestero's tell-all about the making of the cult-classic disasterpiece The Room - James Franco plays writer/director/star Tommy Wiseau, who turned a multi-million dollar budget into the cheapest looking, worst acted, most all-around terrible movie quite possibly of all time. It tells the tale of Wiseau who was more a profound artist in his own mind than reality, who chose to write, direct and star in a semi-autobiographical film. As we'd noted before, The Disaster Artist is based on the book of the same name, in which author Tom Bissell and actor Greg Sestero (who played Mark in The Room) recount the experiences of the labor of love labor. You'll still be laughing throughout, but you'll be charmed by the film's sweetness and affability. The world rejects Wiseau, and that rejection further deepens how much he needs Greg. Franco's Tommy repeatedly insists that "Acting is truth", and in the post-screening Q&A, the real Sestero described the movie as "terrifyingly true".

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When an amateur director makes a movie that is now known as the "Citizen Kane of bad movies" by countless movie critics, the last thing one would expect the film to attract is a loyal fanbase and a biopic about the director.

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Expect this to be a serious awards season contender. Granted, people who have seen The Room will probably get a little bit more out of the film than those who haven't, and there are plenty of laughs to be had at the absurdity of how the cult hit came into existence. Rather than exist as the butt of the joke, he decided to make the joke his own.

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Tommy Wiseau and James Franco at the premiere of The Disaster Artist. Though the movie has yet to be released, The Disaster Artist has enjoyed early critical buzz and even some serious Oscar attention when it was screened earlier this year in some film festivals.