Though James Franco’s The Disaster Artist has begun screening to solid critical buzz, one difficult audience member for it to please is none other than its subject, director Tommy Wiseau.
Now, ahead of the film’s Toronto premiere, Franco has revealed that the director has in fact seen his take on the making of disastrous low-budget movie, The Room, and that – though he had a largely positive view of it – his approval did come with reservations.
“He didn’t see it until SXSW,” Franco revealed, “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. That and the Spring Breakers screening at SXSW [in 2013]would be the two greatest screenings of my life, I imagine.
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.’ [Laughs] I told Brandon [Trost, The Disaster Artist cinematographer]. He was like, Yeah, maybe we should watch The Room, get some lighting pointers!”
The Disaster Artist opens in limited venues on December 1st, with a wide release planned for December 8th.
Source: Entertainment Weekly