Franco's new movie 'The Disaster Artist' tells the story of Wiseau's ill-fated flick 'The Room'
James Franco brought cult director Tommy Wiseau to Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, to discuss Franco’s new picture The Disaster Artist.
The Disaster Artist tells the story of cult 2003 movie The Room, Tommy Wisseau’s ill-fated debut film which has been dubbed “The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”. A trailer for The Disaster Artist dropped back in July.
Now, Wiseau and Franco have joined forces, both appearing on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live to discuss the relationship between the two movies and the two writer-director-stars, with Wiseau declaring that Franco’s depiction of the filming of The Room was “99.9 percent” accurate.
Check out footage of the meeting below.
Franco – who plays the eccentric European filmmaker Wiseau in The Disaster Artist – revealed that in order to get into character as Wiseau he had to sit through hours of pre-production each day, with the end result shocking most people who turned up on set.
“I think it was a weird experience for most people the first time they came to set,” he told Slash Film. “I’d been going through pre-production, testing out the prosthetics, and that was a two or two-and-a-half hour thing every morning, and then I was the director, so I was there before everyone.”
His brother Dave – who plays line producer Greg Sestero in the film – added that Franco was so unrecognisable on set that it felt like Wiseau himself was directing proceedings.
“After a while, we would sort of get used to it, but there were so many cameos in the movie where every day a new person would show up, and we’d kind of have to prep them,” he recalled. “We’d be like, ‘So, you’re not going to be around James today…'”