James Franco's The Disaster Artist Is Amazingly Absurd - Watch The Trailer!

Kelly Massey
September 13, 2017

Not only does The Disaster Artist now sit at a strong 93% approval rating in Rotten Tomatoes, but it also received a standing ovation when it was shown at the South by Southwest film festival, with some saying that the movie marks a career-best for Franco.

However, none have received quite the acclaim being chucked the way of The Disaster Artist with the James Franco-directed film receiving a standing ovation which lasted for the entirety of the post-screening Q&A with the film's cast - a festival first. Fans of The Room will certainly relish the humor, but The Disaster Artist has so much more to offer than jokes and James Franco doing a weird accent. It was also just screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) yesterday. Meanwhile, James Franco disappears into Tommy Wiseau. In the lead role, he nails Wiseau's thickly unplaceable Eastern European accent (he refuses to say where he is from, implausibly insisting he was born in New Orleans), but his portrayal never slides into caricature-no mean feat, considering that Wiseau is virtually a freestanding caricature on his own.

Franco himself plays Tommy, while his brother Dave Franco plays Greg. Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, and Josh Hutcherson co-star.

Tommy Wiseau and James Franco at the premiere of The Disaster Artist
Tommy Wiseau and James Franco at the premiere of The Disaster Artist. | Rich Fury Getty Images

The Disaster Artist is about that ownership and how the path there came from the friendship between Wiseau and Sestero. We also get a sense that Franco isn't making a total mockery of Wiseau; in a weird parallel, Franco's commitment to channeling Wiseau seems to match Wiseau's commitment to...whatever has most recently popped up in his head.

The story chronicles the making of The Room, which has been dubbed "The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made".

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