James Franco’s The Disaster Artist received a standing ovation as a work-in-progress screening at the SXSW Film Festival in March where Tommy Wiseau, the director behind one of the most infamous, bizarre midnight movies of all time, The Room, was in attendance and saw the film about the making of his own film for the first time.
The Disaster Artist is based on actor Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all of the same name, which Wiseau says is “only 40 percent true,” according to Franco in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. Interestingly enough, though, Wiseau highly approves of Franco’s adaptation, except for one little thing. Here is Franco’s account of Wiseau’s remarks after the SXSW screening:
He didn’t see it until SXSW, and we were unsure of what he was going to think, especially because he said, [mimicking Wiseau’s accent] ‘Greg book only 40 percent true’ … It was like, well, that’s what we based it on, so what are you going to think about our movie? And that screening was so successful, it was like a rock concert … I was like, ‘So, Tommy, what did you think of the movie?’ And he said, ‘I approve 99.9 percent.’ And we were like, ‘What was the 0.1 percent? He said, ‘I think the lighting, in the beginning, a little off.’
The first trailer for The Disaster Artist was released last month and offered up our first glimpse at Franco in the role of Wiseau as he struggles to remember his lines in the iconic “Oh, hi, Mark,” scene, which reportedly took a grueling three hours and thirty-two takes to finally perfect. The film’s ensemble also includes Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron, Alison Brie, Ari Graynor, and Jacki Weaver.
The Disaster Artist will open in theaters on December 1, 2017.