9/12/2017

'The Disaster Artist' Trailer: James Franco Is The Underdog Of Filmmakers


How does one go about making a good movie about a really terrible one? We're about to find out if James Franco was able to pull it off with The Disaster Artist, which follows the bizarre production of Tommy Wiseau's atrocious cult film, The Room. Here's the synopsis to go along with the brand new full trailer:

With “The Disaster Artist”, James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau—an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable—into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy’s cult-classic disasterpiece “The Room” (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”), “The Disaster Artist” is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend—and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing.

The film is being pushed as some kind of underdog story, which....uh, no it isn't. Wiseau's The Room is just plain awful, and it should be noted that underdogs are usually remembered fondly for achieving success. I'm not sure that can be said about The Room, which may be why the actual movie is skirted around in this trailer.

That said, Franco's garbled performance as Wiseau looks incredible, or incredibly weird I guess, and the recreations of The Room's memorable scenes (Who throws a football like that!?) pretty authentic. This could be a lot of fun.  Also starring Jason Mantzoukas, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Bryan Cranston, Zac Efron, Nathan Fielder, Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcherson, Paul Scheer, Sharon Stone, and Hannibal Buress, The Disaster Artist opens December 1st. Some are seeing it as a potential awards movie, which I guess would be validation for Wiseau in a way?