- 18 Dec 17
Dave Franco discusses his role in new biopic The Disaster Artist, which chronicles the eccentric Tommy Wisseau’s creation of The Room – widely described as one of the worst films ever made.
Tommy Wiseau was a mysterious, eccentric, struggling actor who wanted to make the greatest movie of all time. He made the one of the worst – and it’s now become a cult classic exactly because of its flaws.
Director James Franco was drawn to the sheer wackiness of the story of Wiseau and his film The Room, and thus The Disaster Artist was born. An adaptation of a book by Greg Sestero, Wiseau’s friend and The Room co-star, the tale subverts the usual Hollywood biopic. Genre conventions invariably have a genius struggling to have his talents acknowledged, before finally being celebrated. The Disaster Artist, however, centres on a character who possibly doesn’t have any talent yet succeeds – albeit in a different way than anticipated.
“Tommy set out to make this serious drama and win awards,” explains Dave Franco, who plays Greg Sestero. “Ultimately, he achieved his goal of becoming famous, but in the most unlikely fashion. It’s a strangely inspiring story, because he persevered – but obviously it’s very weird, too.”