'What a story:' How The Room, the 'greatest bad movie' ever, is poised to hit mainstream

'What a story:' How The Room, the 'greatest bad movie' ever, is poised to hit mainstream
From CBC - September 13, 2017

The lineup started almost a half day ahead of The Disaster Artist's Monday night premiere at TIFF. Fans snaked their way down the sidewalk, wearinggreasy black wigs, clutchingfootballs, even stayingstanding for the entire post-screening Q&A session.

It's aresponse typicallyreserved for movie star elite but it was all for the enigmatic, thickly accented Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau.

He's the director, producer, writer andstar of The Room considered by many to be worstmovie ever madeand the subject of James Franco'sThe Disaster Artist, which exploresthe making of that movie. Franco getsmeta, both directingand starring in it as Wiseau.

Wiseauindependently put out The Room in 2003 and its infamy has earned it a rabid cult following worldwide. Fans sell out midnight screenings, sipping scotchkas (a drink featured in the film which mixes scotch and vodka),throwing footballsandyelling outfamed lineslike "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!"

And with the upcoming December release of The Disaster Artist, The Roomphenomenonis poised to go mainstream, a near decade and a half after it came out.

Wiseau, along with fellow The Room co-star Greg Sestero (who plays Mark) and Disaster Artist screenplay writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, joined CBC News for a Q&A session to reflect on its legacy and where it goes next.

Does not think its bad

Sure, it's been dubbed the "Citizen Kane of bad movies."Co-star Sestero called The Roomthe "greatest bad movie ever made" in his bookThe Disaster Artist, which the new movie is based on.

But Wiseau said that's just a matter of opinion he calls it "unique."

"I really am neutral. I believe in free expression. If people like to call it that way, so be it," he said. "Whatever they say about The Room is fine by me as long as they enjoy it."

Paul Scheer, who playsthe director of photography in TheDisaster Artist, also hosts a podcastwhichdeconstructs bad movies. AndThe Room's at the top of his list. He said there's something about it that "transcends" bad.

"It's not just a bad movie. It's so bad, it's good. It's so watchable. You are getting so much, it's the gift that keeps on giving," he told CBC News at Monday's premiere. "The only way I can sort of explain it is they made so many wrong choices, it became a right."

Would not change a thing

Wiseau said he would leaveThe Roomas is if he were to rewrite it today. He said the jokes stand.

"If you see the script, you see the words,for example, two is better than three, three's a crowd ... you associate with it," he said, referring to one of the film's memorable lines. "It's funny to listen."

Neustadtersaid Wiseau's movie still works because it taps into the "human experience," something he said all writers try to do. "You do not need to change a word of your script because all the things are still applicable to human behaviour."

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