Franco also paid tribute to his brother Dave and friend Seth Rogen
Tommy Wiseau joined James Franco onstage at the Golden Globe awards as the latter collected the trophy for Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy.
Franco beat Hugh Jackman, Steve Carrell, Daniel Kaluuya, and Ansel Elgort to the award at the Beverly Hills ceremony tonight (January 7).
The actor took his brother and The Disaster Artist co-star Dave up to the stage with him after his name was called, and swiftly invited Wiseau to join them once at the microphone. Wiseau created and starred in The Room – the making of which The Disaster Artist captures.
“Nineteen years ago, he was stuck in traffic from the Golden Globes,” said Franco. “He said to his best friend Greg, ‘Golden Globes? So what, not invited. I know they don’t want me – guy with accent, long hair – so I show them. I don’t wait for Hollywood, I make my own movie.’ I’m very happy to share this moment with him today.”
Franco also paid tribute to his friend and longtime collaborator Seth Rogen. “This was billed as a movie about making the ‘best worst’ movie ever made, but in fact it’s a story about friendship. This year, I’ve learned from all my friends and collaborators. My longest friend in entertainment, Seth Rogen – known him since Freaks & Geeks.”
He then spoke of working with his brother, Dave, who played Greg Sestero in The Disaster Artist. “When I went to NYU, I always said I wanted my own Coen brother – someone to collaborate with,” he said. “I realised this year I had my own Franco brother. I love him more than anything. Thanks to my mother for giving him to me.”