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Old 02-25-2018, 08:07 PM   #11031
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I've watched all three Feast films in the last few days.

They were hellishly funny. Disgusting but not in the way that Hostel was. Always kept you on the back foot and had some fit as fuck women in them.
I'm sure someone else mentioned this trilogy in the last year which inspired me to buy it again but I can't find the post.

Well I'm watching the first one at the moment.

Jenny Wade as Honey Pie is the pick of the bunch in the first one.
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Old 02-26-2018, 02:42 PM   #11032
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Board games,video games any type of games are the foundation for the relationship and love between Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams).
When Max's brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) who seems to one up Max in everything and suggest they change their group game night to something a bit bolder something fun becomes even funnier.

First there were some ultra predictable moments right from the start,but thanks to some sharp writing from
Mark Perez and direction from John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein and a beyond capable cast the movie is able to leap over its predictableness

The cast including:Jason Bateman,Rachel McAdams,Billy Magnussen,Sharon Horgan,Lamorne Morris,Kylie Bunbury,Jesse Plemons and Kyle Chandler work well as an ensemble,and when they are paired off.
The film also has several great cameos.
There are great rapid fire one liners,sight gags and oh what was really surprising were the great visuals,and pulsing soundtrack
The movie was completely aware of itself,knowing when to end a running gag that pays off and when to say hey we know we just hit you with this twist several times so were going to end it here.

So aside from maybe a dull moment or two and the aforementioned predictable turns this was a really good,very funny February surprise.

Scale of 1-10 an 8½


In Annihilation Director/Writer Alex Garland melds together great themes from horror movies like The Descent
and some classic Sci Fi films.
For the most part this blend works as this story of a group of military scientists who enter "The Shimmer," a mysterious quarantined zone that is full of mutating landscapes and creatures.

The cast which includes :Natalie Portman,Jennifer Jason Leigh,Gina Rodriguez,Tessa Thompson,Tuva Novotny
and Oscar Isaac are completely capable.
Garland places the audience with the scientists.Scenes were filmed in a certain way in which it felt like i was actually in the film. I was as curious and mesmerized as the scientists were as the beauty of"The Shimmer entrances them and the deadly creatures prowl around them.
There are some scenes that were absolutely terrifying and not for the faint of heart.
Hats off to the sound mixers and editors.The film provides a wonderful visual spectacle.

Some interesting things are brought up and reflected on but unfortunately are never spoken of again.There is a scene in which the SFX was a bit choppy,and there is a predictable turn.
In the end for such a thought provoking narrative the film ends up in a pretty basic been there done that place.

Not a perfect movie but not one i can dismiss either,im glad it has sparked some great conversation,and i hope people check it out and share their opinions.

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Old 02-26-2018, 03:15 PM   #11033
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As it`s a practically flawless homage to those girl in dire danger 80`s horrors.

Involving an immensely likeable broke student who agrees (After being offered waaay above the going rate) to babysit for the creepiest of couples. In the most secluded of houses. Hmmm only just who is she babysitting for the night Or should I say , what is she babysitting

Aside from a few (Albeit superb) blink brief cameos from some recognizable actors of horrors past. I didn't know the primary cast (Apart from the always bang on Tom Noonan).
Uggggh , sadly despite being produced on a lower than low minuscule budget this failed to come anywhere near breaking even though.

A real shame it financially failed . As can only give this a triple
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Old 02-26-2018, 07:08 PM   #11034
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Just received Thor:Ragnarok on Blu-Ray today so I'm getting close to catching up on the whole series now.

MCU pt 14

Doctor Strange (2016)

Benedict Cumberbatch is Stephen Strange a highly talented neuro-surgeon, albeit a rich, conceited and arrogant one. Whilst touting for business on his car phone in bad weather he loses control of his car and crashes off the road and wakes up in hospital to find he is no longer able to use his hands.
After trying all possible surgical procedures he is on the verge of giving in when he hears of a patient who made a full from an inoperable spinal injury.
After talking to that patient Strange heads to a remote area in the Himalayas where he is told to head to Kathmandu.
So far it is a pretty faithful re-telling of the original story.

In Nepal after being waylaid by a group of thugs he is rescued by Mordo and taken to see The Ancient One.

Initially unbelieving and disrespectful is rejected until he eventually starts to study and earn the respect of The Ancient One and eventually learns the arts of sorcery and help lead them in the fight against the evil of Kaecilius who plans to turn the world over to the dreaded Dormammu.

A film unlike any other in the MCU to date, it has lots of action and humour and CGI aplenty portraying the countless dimensions that exist alongside our own world.

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MCU pt 15

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017)

I absolutely loved this film, the opening scene is brilliant as the Guardians take on The Abilisk, a power stealing alien beast whilst baby Groot dances along to ELO's "Mister Blue Sky", it apparently took two years to finish the CGI on the opening scene, that was time well spent as it is an almost perfect scene.

From then on it's 100% action with the Sovereign attack fleet in constant pursuit, the Ravagers return as does Yondu and several other Guardians from the original comicbooks and the celestial Ego, the Living Planet along with Mantis. Starlord finds out the truth about his parents.

Also featuring Howard The Duck, Stan Lee and The Watchers.

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Guardians Of The Tomb ex The Nest

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A team of scientists lose a colleague in an ancient labyrinth while trying to make the discovery of a century. The group must battle their way through a swarm of deadly, man-eating funnel web spiders and discover the secret behind the arachnid’s power and intelligence.

What a disappointment!
With a sum up like this one, you could expect a thrill-ride of a B movie, something with lot of action, horror and entertainment. isn't. Guardians Of The Tomb misses some cool opportunities actually. Randall's movie si so boring you'll probably find better things to do instead of keep your concentration on the screen. That's a shame 'cause everything 's not awful in this. Bingbing Li is hot, the spider effects are alright and there's some nice sets. This Aussie & Chinese production had a decent budget and the director does his best with the cameras. No, the main issues are a mediocre cast and a dumb script. But not dumb enough to be funny, if ya catch my drift.
Guardians Of The Tomb could have been a mix between Eight Legged Freaks and The Mummy but instead it's a snorefest.


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MCU pt 16

Spider-man Homecoming (2017)

The opening scene introduces Adrian Tooms and his demolition crew who are helping clear up the destruction from the Chitauri attack on NYC in Avengers Assemble, things are going ok until he is told they have lost the contract to Stark's Damage Control immediately and is given no information about any compensation. He therefore decides to help himself to a little of the alien technology.
Meanwhile Peter Parker returns to NYC after his stint in Avengers Civil War to find that his dreams of becoming an Avenger may not be realised. The scenes between Peter and Happy Hogan are excellent.
In Tooms' team is The Tinkerer who is using the alien artefacts to help build weapons for them to sell on the black market, he has also built a suit enabling Tooms to fly as The Vulture, his little team also includes The Shocker and later Mac Gargan who will become The Scorpion.
The action scenes as Peter takes on The Vulture are excellent but the script never forgets that Peter is a teen with the usual angst issues so prevalent in the early years of Spidey's own title.

The whole of Peter's teen life is reimagined with new variations on the lieks of Flash Thompson, Ned Leeds, Liz Allen, Betty Brant and even Mary Jane Watson.

Tom Holland is excellent as is Michael Keaton as Tooms, Robert Downey Jr and Jon Favreau and even Captain America gets a look in not forgetting Stan Lee's cameo

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MCU Pt 17 and up to date with regards to DVD releases

Thor Ragnarok (2017)

After defeating Surtur the fire demon to the sounds of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" Thor returns to Asgard and finds Loki has taken over the throne disguised as Odin. Having revealed Loki's plot they travel to Earth in search of Odin, aided by Doctor Strange they track Odin to Norway just in time to hear his last secret, that Thor was not his first born but he had a sister Hela who as Odin's firstborn claims the realm and wants to return Asgard to its former conquering strength.
Whilst trying to return to Asgard by Bifrost Thor and Loki are caught by Hela and flung out to find themselves on a strange new world where The Gamesmaster holds court and runs an arena where the Contest of Champions is held.
A mixture of several classic Marvel series as Thor agrees to fight The Grandmaster's champion to win the chance to gain his freedom and return to Asgard, only the champion turns out to be The Hulk.
Meanwhile in Asgard Hela is destroying all opposition aided by an unwilling Skurge the Executioner.

It crams so much into the 150 minutes and features Korg, whose race where the first foes Thor ever fight back in 1963, the Valkyrie and another Stan Lee

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The Disaster Artist

Let me preface this by saying that I don't watch new movies. I've only seen one 2016 movie so far (Bad Santa 2) and this breaks my 2017 drought. I do want to watch some new movies, don't get me wrong, but the last dozen or so movie viewings have been me picking what I want to watch and most of them are titles I've seen before. Not to mention most of them are cult films, 80s fare, among those recent, albeit sporadic viewings, is The Room. So far I've seen the movie 9 times, with 2017 being a benchmark year as I had watched the movie 4 times. I originally planned to double feature The Room following this movie, but I never found the right time to do that, plus there's another movie I want to see soon. The Room was a backup anyways, in case I didn't like this movie. Regardless, it's still a great double feature idea, one that I'll definitely do soon.

Now, my username makes it very obvious, I love The Room. It is my absolute favorite movie to watch, one that has proven to get better in some repeated viewings. When I watched it in June to celebrate its 14 year anniversary, I was crying from laughter, and for the first time ever, drooling. I drooled laughing! I consider that a major accomplishment, I can quote the movie all day, everyday, my favorite conversations now would be me trying to use quotes from the movie, and only the movie. Some people play along, others are unaware and it's as funny as those who play along. As much as I love The Room, I love the book “The Disaster Artist.” It was co-authored by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell, the former played Mark, who is a character I've actually grown to love more after each viewing. Back when I first watched the movie in January 2015, it was just Tommy Wiseau, but I've since expanded to really enjoy the horrific yet enjoyable performances of everyone involved. I do own the physical copy, before this movie adaptation was even confirmed to be shooting, which turned out well because these particular copies go for crazy money now! It cost me $10, I've seen the hardcover, which I own, go now for at least $30! Or more, at least it beats out the newer paperback re-release of the book, which the orange cover is replaced with basically the poster of the book adaptation. I've gotten more familiar with the audiobook, narrated by Greg Sestero who does Tommy's lines in the book with his impression of that mystical accent. It's comic gold, I highly recommend getting the audiobook, or just get the physical copy, you will laugh your ass off. Underneath the laughter though, what Greg wanted to convey, was a very unique friendship that is very touching inside. I believe the book delivers on that motive, the laughs are just circumstance. Granted, it took me a few listens of the audiobook to appreciate that message, because before it was just laughing at Greg's impression of Tommy, and the wacky things he did. Since then, I did feel touched by the story, I also felt uncomfortable at many points, the dark moments I mean. I'll touch on some of them, as I compare the book and this movie.

This movie's history is rather interesting, one I've followed very extensively for years. James Franco, the guy who I eternally thank for bringing this movie to life (regardless of sexual misconduct allegations against him), read Greg's book first. He gave a nice little review of it for Vice and admired the story of dreamers, outsiders trying to make it in Hollywood. He didn't see The Room first, which is interesting, and may explain the direction of the movie. He basically saw Greg's intended message immediately, and I think if he watched The Room before reading the book, he might've wanted the movie to focus and/or include other aspects the book delved into. While shooting The Interview, he went to a screening of the movie in Vancouver, Canada. By this point he wanted to adapt the book into a movie, he came to Seth Rogen for producing help. Rogen is one of many notable fans of the movie, so he and producing partner Evan Goldberg came together to make this happen. James Franco wanted to play Tommy Wiseau, he easily got Greg Sestero on board with this. When negotiating the life rights of both Greg and Tommy, the latter didn't know Franco wanted to play him. Tommy's choice for that honor? “Johnny Dapp.” During the negotiations, Greg suggested Franco to play the main man, and Tommy gave his thoughts on it, basically saying “I saw you James, you do some good stuff, some bad stuff.” Yeah he said that! Franco though secured the rights, and filming started at the tail end of 2015, finishing early 2016. So, this movie was in the can for over a year before debuting at the SXSW Film Festival last year. It was Tommy's first time watching the movie, Franco and crew were worried that he wouldn't like the movie. For a long time, Tommy said he approves of Greg's book “40%.” Basically he thinks 40% of the book is true. I recently listened to an interview with Greg and the writers of the movie, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, and Greg said that 40% is the friendship aspect of the book. It makes sense because in interviews he's very defensive, snappy at questions involving production of The Room. Greg's book is all about the friendship between himself and Tommy from when they first met in 1998, up until the premiere of The Room on June 27, 2003. In between that, of course, the actual production of The Room. The book is styled to where odd number chapters were about production, even numbers were from before production, how they met, Greg trying to make it in Hollywood, and eventually their living together and the conception of The Room. Back to SXSW, Tommy gave his “99.9%” approval of the movie, backing it highly, saying James “did great job.” Now what's the .1%? At first Tommy said it was the lighting in the beginning of the movie, which is funny since Tommy always wears sunglasses and watched the movie while wearing them. Now having seen the movie, I kind of see what he meant because it was pretty dark in comparison to a good chunk of the film. Still, I could make out what's shown on screen. Tommy has since gone back and said the .1% was that he doesn't throw the football like Franco did. Well, he probably doesn't now, but back then when he had no experience of tossing the ball when he played with Greg? Yeah, come on man. The movie has since gotten lots of love from critics, currently sitting at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 7.7 on IMDB. I believe the more average looking 7.7 is a result of the varying opinions of the audience. I'll get to that soon. With these ratings, the movie has also collected some trophies, most notably the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical for James Franco. His acceptance speech was very memorable since he invited Tommy on stage and had to cut him off before he could even say anything. Understandable, a wildcard like him, plus it was Franco's moment under the sun, Tommy was simply shared that, just like James' brother. Unfortunately, and this is my opinion, Franco's sexual misconduct allegations from 5 women directly had an impact on his standing at the upcoming Oscars. This movie had Oscar buzz, especially for Franco's performance, but he was snubbed. While I believe the Oscar for Best Lead Actor is Gary Oldman's to lose, it would've been awesome if Franco was nominated, it would've definitely meant Tommy and Greg attending the show. Ah well, even when watching the Golden Globes moment, I knew that was the peak, it couldn't get better than that. Generally speaking, one major nitpick I had with that moment, was not Tommy being cockblocked from the mic, but Franco not explicitly thanking Greg Sestero and even Tom Bissell for writing the book that birthed this movie. He only mentioned Greg when sharing a brief story of him and Tommy meeting and stuff.

Despite the snub, the movie did get one Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, and it could very well win, though it has stiff competition against Call Me By Your Name. Regardless, the nominations it earned, the awards it's won so far, does that indicate a good movie? Generally speaking, that's not a golden rule really, there's been many exceptions if it was. So, wins, losses, snubs, aside, it all boils down to the opinion of viewers. Now, this is where the 7.7 on IMDB should be explained. Since the Rotten Tomatoes score is based on the reviews of critics, the audience is a bit more split. Granted, 88% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, 7.7 too does show a majority ruling of people liking the movie. Up until this first time viewing for me, I did read reviews from people I valued more, as they themselves are huge fans of the movie, fans of the book, and it's not completely positive there. To sum it up, how these people, and how really everyone thinks of the movie, comes down to nitpicks and how you can accept the changes and liberties taken with the story. Now, the difference between this movie and other ones based on books is that I know the book so well. The closest would be the Harry Potter movies but I hadn't read all the books, and I certainly haven't heard any audiobook version 41 times, as I have done for The Disaster Artist. So, I KNOW the story, I must CAPS lock that. I knew going in they took a couple liberties, I didn't mind spoilers since...well, I spoiled it for myself by listening to the audiobook...41 times. This movie now changes what I believe is the recommended order of consuming The Room and its backstory. I should mention that I learned that people who watched this movie, some had never read the book, let alone watched The Room. That 100% plays a factor into how this movie is received. People who never read the book, from my observation, almost universally love this movie. Those who never watched the movie nor read the book, love it as well, but are probably taken aback by the story. They're incredulous at it, but hey, the movie is based on a true story. Now me, again, seen The Room 9 times, listened to the audiobook 41 times, I can pretty much quote the book just as well as I quote the movie. What do I think of it?

First I'll go through the movie. It's told in a linear style, already differing from the book as again that would alternate between chapters about the pre-The Room relationship between Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero, and the production of The Room. It begins with a series of talking heads explaining their love for The Room and for Tommy Wiseau. These talking heads include Danny McBride, Adam Scott, Kristen Bell, Kevin Smith, Lizzie Caplan, Keegan-Michael Key, and surprisingly of all people, JJ Abrams. There has been criticism about this segment, which I understand, Franco getting as many cameos as possible, which is true throughout the movie actually. However, just a few nights before, that interview I mentioned with the writers and Greg, they actually justified that segment, saying that it was a way to ensure the audience knows that this is a true story. People going in who never watched The Room will immediately doubt the crazy things that would be portrayed in this movie. Showing that these famous people absolutely love the movie shows that this can't be made up, they're not loving a fairytale, they're loving something real. For that, I am perfectly fine with this opening section.

The book, going by chronological order of the main story (there is some time spent on Tommy's origins but that content in the book wasn't touched in the movie), the book starts with Greg as a 12 year old boy. His aspirations of being in movies starting there, watching Home Alone and from there writing a screenplay for the sequel, which would've took place at Disney World. Greg even sent it to John Hughes' production company in Chicago, and some time later got it sent back to him, with a nice little letter of encouragement from Hughes himself. That's sweet, but this is all condensed into a quick line said later in the movie. Get used to that. The movie starts with Greg being really fear-stifled, trying to act a scene in Jean Shelton's class. I'll go through scenes and indicate whether this actually happened or not. His partner for the scene was played by Randall Park, aka Kim Jong Un from The Interview, so there's another cameo. This may have happened, I should've mentioned that Greg Sestero was on set a lot of times for this movie and even offered some more stories. This wasn't in the book, but I don't doubt this actually happened. He did mention in the book that he was fear-stifled, and he did describe Shelton as being a pretty tough cookie, but not mean. She was just like that in the movie, giving lots of criticisms to both guys, zeroing in on Greg though, saying he needs to stop being so frozen on stage and stuff. You are introduced to Dave Franco, who plays Greg. A few things already, Greg's last name isn't said in the movie. At least I haven't caught it, you do see it in mail addressed to him right near the end of the movie. That's strange. One major thing, in real life, Greg Sestero is significantly taller than Tommy Wiseau, here it's the other way around. That's something to accept, Dave is so freaking short. Does he look like Greg? Not really, but again, I'm letting it slide. After Greg sits, Shelton requests another scene performance, and Tommy volunteers, all eyes turned to him, being surprised at this, Greg especially. He did first see Tommy on July 13, 1998, after having enrolled in Shelton's class on April of that year. The movie does feature dates, and got that one right. What it didn't get right though, and it's a bit murky for me, the performance was a Shakespearean sonnet. In the movie, it's him yelling out “STELLA!” This did actually happen, but in a date shortly after this. I said things are murky because I'm not sure if that first performance was on July 13, same day as when Greg first saw him. Chapter 2 ends with him gazing at the man and being at awe at his “piratical” appearance. See, I'm quoting the book a bit. Chapter 4 picks up with scene partners failing at their performance and Shelton ripping them apart, which does make me wonder if they just switched out those strangers with Greg and the guy Randall Park cameoed as. Anyways, back to the movie, here we go, James Franco enters. I'll just say straight away, he absolutely nailed Tommy Wiseau. I was afraid based on the first teaser trailer that his accent was a bit off, but that fear was dispelled pretty quickly when the official trailer dropped. The makeup and prosthetics done on Franco were amazing too, making him look as close to Tommy's look as possible. Of course, Tommy's a very unique person in more ways than one, including appearance, and while I don't think the look is exact, 100% and perfect, it's very fucking good, so I won't complain. I know he's the lead, but damn James Franco steals the film, it helps that he's in almost every single scene. When he's not in the scene, oh you can tell, but that's not to say the non-Tommy scenes are bad, in fact there are some I laughed really hard at, but still, James Franco is most definitely the best performer in the movie. The laughs come raining as he bombed on this performance, inspired by A Streetcar Named Desire. It's capped off by him throwing a chair. This happened in the book, hoorah. There's one little detail that isn't right, Shelton sent a random woman to open the scene's dialogue, but in the book, Tommy did have a partner. Fun fact, that partner wound up playing the cheesecake-pushing proprietor of the coffee chop in The Room.

Uhhhhhhhhh, I went back to closing credits...uhm...okay. Jean Shelton was played by Melanie Griffith. This shocked me because holy shit, she looks so much different to what I expected. I've seen her in 80s movies, and I just forgot about her current looks, and forgot she's had a lot of plastic surgery done. Technically she is another cameo but as I watched the movie, I had a tough time recognizing her. Joan Rivers comes to mind, but as a comparison point, she was dead before this movie went into production. That's not really nice, Joan Rivers as a comparison point, look what she looked like, Griffith is getting up there, fuck...moving on.

Greg is amazed by the performance and approaches Tommy after class and asks if they could be scene partners. Tommy is taken aback from this, but he accepts the offer. Despite the liberties taken in the movie, holy shit they got some details down hardcore. For example, Tommy's car, a shiny white Mercedes Benz C280, either they got that model for the movie, or got something so damn close to it, because that turns up in the next scene. Tommy pays Greg a visit suddenly, snatching him from his football game with a bunch of kids, wanting to pick out a play for their scene. He also told Greg to bring the football with him. I did say I'll compare scenes from the movie and the book, but I don't want to spoil everything, so just a heads up. I'll also try to be quick in some of these. Does this scene happen in the book? Yes, but again, not exactly. It was a soccer ball, he didn't meet Greg at his house, he met him in front of Bank of a rainy day...and Tommy was 20 minutes late! This does fit into the theme of the movie, it being only 1 hour and 43 minutes long, of condensing things into as few scenes as possible. The football play happened later into their friendship, but it's sped up to being here early into their relationship. Anyways back to this movie, before the football playing, they go into a restaurant, get something to eat. They had already got the play, at first I thought it was the same play as in the book, based on the opening dialogue “Good day sir” sounding Australian. The play they got was a contemporary Australian play, the name wasn't mentioned, so I don't know. It wasn't Australian, I think it was “The Lightning Man,” but it was still funny how Tommy was insistent on doing a script read despite them being in the restaurant, so many people there. Greg was hesitant, but got so into this eventually, impressing Tommy.

This leads to one of the biggest differences between the book and the movie, Greg is not as naive and willing to do what Tommy insists on in real life as he was in the movie. This is the Hollywood treatment here, Greg is obviously the straight man, representing the audience in their own viewing of Tommy Wiseau. That's done pretty well, but they make Greg a little too black and white. I knew about this going in, so I had to accept this. Depending on who you ask, this doesn't hurt the movie so much, again I'm fine with it, but when I think about it too much, it does get a bit bothersome how much of a goober Greg can be in this movie. In reality, he's not a goober, one major aspect of the book that the movie glosses over for the most part is the tension between Tommy and Greg. This was not a friendship with ups and a down, as the movie basically indicates, this was a friendship with loads of ups and downs, that continue to this day. The one thing that keeps Greg attached to Tommy, as loose as he is these days, is loyalty. Greg Sestero's best quality is loyalty, most anyone else would've ditched Tommy pretty quickly, but Greg did not, and I won't glance over the fact that he did see redeeming qualities in Tommy.

Get used to me being sidetracked, here comes the football scene, Tommy throwing it badly, that was funny. In many parts in the movie, some of the lines said, especially by James Franco, is word-for-word from the book, those really tickled me in a good way. Back to the attention to detail, back to the Mercedes, they fucking got the “Transformer-y robot crab!” Tommy had that in his car, it's such a little detail but they got that, I loved it. In some ways, you really have to know the book to appreciate these little examples of how accurate they got it. Another example of the attention to detail, next scene when Tommy takes Greg to his apartment, inside it, the little framed letter that begins with “I do not choose to be a common man.” That is in the book! That sums up Tommy Wiseau so well too, it does compensate for the liberties taken. This scene however does further illustrate the sense of speeding things up, as the cuts between Tommy and Greg, their exchange of words, is really quick. Quick with lots of details, you better listen or you'd miss out. Very swiftly Tommy went into some of his backstory, why he wanted to act, the big car accident he had a couple years ago. He slowed down on his acting dream before the accident, and following it, rebooted that aspiration, as if acknowledging that life's short, and you have to pursue your dreams as hard as possible before it's too late. This scene was when Greg opened up about Home Alone influencing him, again in the book, this story plays out with 12 year old Greg living this, and that opens up Chapter 2. Here, it's just quick exposition and shared with Tommy.

One major difference, this movie makes it clear that Greg introduced Tommy to James Dean, next scene has them watching Rebel Without A Clause, and the famous “You're tearing me apart” scene plays. Of course, in The Room, that is ripped off and we got “You are tearing me apart Lisa!” Fact: Tommy was already a huge fan of James Dean before he met Greg, I'm not sure why the change, I assume so they can hit on the nose how James Dean was an impact on both of them rather than just saying so with words. I think that also plays into making an easy transition into the next few scenes. They're at a diner, eating, Tommy gives him a pen that says “Tommy's Planet,” which did happen in the book, but again, difference in the details, and the pen isn't like the one Tommy actually gave him. Again though, it's saved with some very familiar lines from the book used in the movie such as “Real emotion, not plastic” as said by Tommy. The scene is really quick, proving more the breezing through the story. Now right after they exit the diner, Greg mentioned wanting to see where Dean died, and Tommy said they should go right away. In the book, this particular scene came right after their first scene together, acting in front of Jean Shelton. That part, not in the movie, but in the book, the Dean visit was preceded by Greg just going into a general thing about Tommy. That being that Tommy was so willing to go on any journey Greg wanted to go. Here, it serves as being transitioned into from James Dean-centric scenes. Hollywood treatment again, making this linear and connected, in a book, it's much more free-flowing, I accept that.

One thing I don't believe was ever a real thing, the “pinky” swearing between Greg and Tommy. That may be movie exclusive, or maybe even brother exclusive, this is Dave and James Franco, working together on a movie for the first time. It's plausible, it's a cute theme to this movie, but it is definitely not in the book. The first instance of this was in the Dean crash site visit. That scene is longer in the book, they stopped at a Dean-centric restaurant, not here in the movie.

Oh you fuckers! Definitely not in the book, on the road trip back to San Francisco (I forgot to say this was where the story began), Tommy is driving. In the book, Greg drove, because Tommy would fall asleep. Not mentioned in the movie, one special talent of Tommy is sleeping for the exact duration of any road trip, waking up right when it's over. His explanation, “Vampire trick.” Seriously, definitely not in the book, “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Are you fucking kidding me?! This movie rickrolls you! Among the songs Tommy would listen to, Rick Astley's music is not included, dammit guys. It's like Franco, flexing his director muscles I guess, got rights to that song and really wanted to use it. Maybe that's because he couldn't get the rights to Van Halen. Yeah, during the road trip back, Greg played that. It was either between Van Halen or Richard Marx, only music in Tommy's car. I'll skip ahead a bit, in the movie there is a brief scene where Tommy and Greg head off to San Francisco to shoot the second unit of The Room. Well, in the book, during that trip, Tommy sang badly along to Richard Marx's “Right Here Waiting.” Ah man, if only that was in the movie. I mean, to be honest, this rickroll is funny, but that's after having a major facepalm moment. Anyways, during this scene, Tommy suddenly sprung up a proposition for Greg to come to Los Angeles, move in with him. This is all in the book, including the fact that Tommy had two apartments, one in San Francisco, another in Los Angeles. Tommy is secretly wealthy, and this is something that has yet to be fully explained, and may never get that treatment. If you read the book, in the Tommy origin parts, you can try and piece together bits to try and explain the source of his money, but even that's shady because of two things. One, they don't connect well. Two, the source of this info is Tommy Wiseau himself, Greg simply shared what he said to him in private conversations. So, it's hard to tell in that section if Tommy was exaggerating or if it's really true. This does explain why that backstory isn't touched on in the movie, because quite frankly, who knows if what Tommy shared with Greg actually happened? Just take his word for it, he can afford two apartments at the same time. Greg accepts, and it's almost time for a little montage, but here comes Greg's mother.

One thing they did slack on, Greg's mom. Not the personality, they nailed that, just the accent. Nitpicking time, Greg's mom is French-Sicilian, here she's just an American white woman. She only appears here, trying to talk Greg out of moving in with Tommy. She has a bigger role in the book, quite a harsh one as she always tried to discourage Greg from pursuing his acting dream. This is captured in just one scene here, and it does overall demonstrate how Greg himself is a dreamer trying to realize his passion despite being told “No.” Nitpicking again, a missed opportunity when Tommy is confronted by Greg's mom. The dialogue is pretty similar to the book, but one big thing missing is “No sex Tommy, are we clear?” Greg's mom then gives a really cryptic message “But I'm sure you understand me now,” which Greg translated to “If you touch my son, I'll kill you,” and she basically told Tommy not to have sex with her son. That's hilarious, but it's not in the movie, fuck. I did love the age thing where her response to him saying he's Greg's age was “Yeah, and I'm 14,” sarcastically. To which Tommy said “Happy birthday.” HA!

I'm going really detailed with this movie, which is a testament to me giving the book a lot of shine while discussing the film. On my word document, 6 pages of words, and I've only touched on the first 20 minutes of the movie. That's not the movie's doing, it's mine. So while “It Takes Two” plays, they arrive to Los Angeles, check into Tommy's apartment, which is cheekily called “Ojai.” That had to be a reference to “Oh hai” which is said countless times in The Room. Attention to detail, the apartment looks very similar to how Greg described it in the book. One interesting bit here was when Tommy asked if Greg didn't want to share the one bed with him. He was joking, but there has been speculation on Tommy being homosexual, and part of that does draw from The Room, as there are some homoerotic undertones at play there. This doesn't get followed up, so no fuel is added to the fire. It does make me wonder why they put that line there. It's not from the book, I assume it's them asking themselves if Tommy's homosexual, speculating or whatever.

Montage time, while “Good Vibrations” plays, they are just all over the 90s here. Yes this part is set in 1998, but damn man, it really hits you with the musical choices. Actually there aren't a lot of songs here, but just with the impact they had, it feels like a lot. The music otherwise is just score stuff. The montage is of Greg and Tommy going out to agents, Tommy getting his headshots, which is hilarious because of how he tried to pose like he's doing a photoshoot. Tommy left his pictures to one girl, and she gave a look of disgust, so it shows he won't be going anywhere with that. On the other hand, Greg lands a meeting with Iris Burton. The montage featured shots of Los Angeles, street signs, buildings, all that tourist porn jazz. Something I didn't notice at first was Tommy and Greg saw the same woman, the one that made the disgusted look, with Greg she didn't make that look obviously. Iris Burton, another cameo, a very welcome one, Sharon Stone. Even though it's very brief and she does not appear in any other scene, I enjoyed it. Not much is said about Iris Burton in Greg's book, other than she was a famous acting agent, representing young actors who survived child star pitfalls: Drew Barrymore, Josh Hartnett, Kirsten Dunst, Joaquin Phoenix, a slew of others. In fact, in the book, when Greg goes to Iris' house, he and Phoenix walk by each other. Not in the movie, it wouldn't make sense, but it'd be funny if Joaquin Phoenix himself did that cameo, passing by Greg. Anyways, I felt Stone got that character down, again it's very short, but still. I wished there was more of her, there is in the book. Something interesting too, Greg's headshots in the movie are very similar to his actual ones at that time. Another thing, Chris, Iris' assistant, in the book is described as being taller than Greg, who is not short at all, if I have to guess, Sestero's 6'2” or 3. Well, since Greg is Tom Cruise height in this movie, Chris is similar in that, but still taller. Also, without the book, I wouldn't even know the guy's name, it's not mentioned in the movie, I just know the story so well and remember the guy's name being Chris. One tiny detail not in the book, the Iris Burton Agency was just Chris and Iris, here there is some secretary who was called on phone to get Iris. Meh, let it go, given the brevity of all this, it's perfectly fine.

Now this is definitely not in the book, and I'm not really sure if it happened. There's a bunch of things at play here. It's a club scene, Tommy is happy that Greg got an agent, but he eagerly wants all the info about the agent, whether they need new people, that stuff. This is similar to the book, but happens in a later scene. Also in the club scene, the number 1 song in the movie is played here, “Rhythm of the Night” by Corona. Tommy dances to it and even tries to sing to it. This movie really made me want to listen to that song, to the point where after watching the film, I played the song multiple times in a row! Another 90s tune, but I can't help it. It's worse when you learn that this song played during the ending credits! Anyways, hilarious dancing and singing, enter Amber, played by Alison Brie. Going back to not being sure if this happened, it's a bit unclear as to where Amber and Greg hooked up. He does say that she worked in a makeup department underneath a clothing retail store he worked in. Barney's is the name, maybe they met at that area, maybe they actually met in a club. One thing's for sure, they did not meet in 1998, I'm assuming the movie is still in that year since in the book Greg became part of the Burton Agency almost immediately after moving to Los Angeles in August of that year. They met in 2000 I assume, there's a period where Tommy disappeared for 9 months between 2000-2001. They basically rushed this little relationship's placement, and honestly put more emphasis on it than Greg did in the book. My guess is privacy and respect, Greg didn't want to speak out of school with Amber, they wound up breaking up right before Greg went to San Francisco to shoot the second unit stuff for The Room. Amber responded to Greg's audiobook via e-mail with “...Interesting.” That's pretty much it, so considering that they put more emphasis on this relationship in the movie, it makes me wonder how she feels about that. Granted, nothing bad is depicted in regards to her. Oh, actually, this may be a result of Dave Franco and Alison Brie actually being married, spotlight that chemistry and stuff. They got engaged in August of 2015, before this movie was shot, so, now it makes more sense. I went into too much detail and rambled on, the thing in this movie is that Tommy seems jealous and resentful of the fact they're an item. Even in this scene when they first meet, he got the suspicious look and wanted to snatch Greg from their chat. In the book, it's not really like that, yet there still is the sense of Tommy wanting to have Greg to himself, at one point saying “Your girl can wait.” To clarify, this was in 2001, when Tommy returned from his 9 month disappearance.

Auditioning time, I noticed movie posters in these two scenes. First is Greg trying to audition, doing pretty well, and near him is a Ready To Rumble poster. Tommy's audition, which was hilarious as he tried to let the girl know that he is from New Orleans (what the real Tommy also wants you to believe), there is a poster for Thirteen Ghosts, and Bait starring Jamie Foxx. Anachronism! Thirteen Ghosts came out in 2001, the other two came out in 2000, this is still 1998. Ah well, that woman picked up on Tommy's accent, Eastern European. Yeah, he denies it. He did live in New Orleans for a period of time, right after he immigrated from Paris. After that stay, he moved to San Francisco.

SPOILER: Spoiling the big mystery, Tommy Wiseau was born in Poland. Even if you read the book, Greg gave plenty of hints to where people can narrow down the origins to certain Eastern European countries, Poland being one of them.

With that mumble filled speech, I couldn't tell what Tommy was auditioning for, I guess a Scarface knock-off, he was talking like a gangster I think. While the book touched a bit on Tommy's wardrobe, I feel like the movie definitely took that and ran with it hard. Tommy's outfits here are really unique, as if to make a statement here. I sure liked them regardless.

Three months past, as the text says. Now when they first rode off to Los Angeles, it's said to be November 9, 1998. So, 3 months from that, we're now in February 1999. I think this is a condensing deal. They rode off to Los Angeles together on August of 1998. When Greg actually moved there, it's not specifically said, Greg mentioned it as being on a whim. So it could've very well been on November 9, but they just shoehorned that to be the date they rode off to Los Angeles, making it sound like Greg made the full move right after their trip. Now, because of the 3 month jump, they skipped Greg actually landing the role of Andre Toulon in the movie, Retro Puppet Master. From what I heard, there was a scene conceived regarding this. Greg did get the part, had to leave after Thanksgiving, this was when the football story actually came, when Greg returned to San Francisco to visit family, and then hang out with Tommy. The production lasted until Christmas, in Romania. Greg was still there during the holiday, when he received a telegram from a screaming man. The telegram was from Tommy Wiseau, bizarrely. The movie version of this would've made Tommy Wiseau play that screaming man, but Tommy himself refused that. Yeah, he made it known that in his contract to sign away the life rights, that he would have a cameo in the movie opposite James Franco. The guys found a loophole that the cameo didn't have to be included in the film, it could be shot and just shelved. Anyways, it's a shame that scene was cut, but this is part of them really blazing through this pre-The Room production time. I'll say already, that is the largest chunk of the movie, that time during production, 2/3s to be specific.

So yeah, three month jump, Amber and Greg are watching a TV show, Greg said he auditioned for that. I assumed the show was Roswell, he did in fact audition for that. Speaking of Greg's acting before The Room, this movie totally skips a major one. Greg Sestero was an extra on Patch Adams. Yeah, actually he played the brother of a girl who died in the movie (if you watched the film you know who that girl was). I never watched the movie, don't really want to, but I did take a look at the funeral scene where Greg appears and he's there! He's seen crying, looking so young (the guy doesn't age, he's going to be 40 this year and he looks like a guy in his mid 20s still!). Kind of a shame they didn't show this, but maybe that would've been a problem because of Robin Williams. There is a scene in the book where Greg meets the man, and I guess they just scrubbed that, not wanting to cast someone to play Robin Williams, and even if they wanted Williams himself...well, too late. Fun fact though, Greg Sestero met, shook hands with Williams, even embarrassed himself during their brief exchange. Oh and Greg also met Phillip Seymour Hoffman on set, who was also in Patch Adams, and sadly who also died. Jesus.

Moving on, so they're watching Roswell I guess, Tommy comes in, remember he and Greg are still living together. Now something I didn't think about but is a major difference from the book, they don't live together until 2000. Here, they pretty much immediately move in together, though you don't see this being true until this scene. Tommy, again being jealous of this intimacy between young people, tried to grandstand, saying he got taken under as Konstantin Stanislavski's student. Yeah, that guy had been dead for 60 years though! This is kind of similar in the book, it's just not Stanislavski, it's Stella Adler, who had been dead for years as well. Knowing he's lying, they didn't really contradict him, let Tommy into his own little world.

Little things about Tommy I should've mentioned earlier. He loves Red Bull, they got that right in the movie, and it's a shame Red Bull still haven't sponsored Tommy. Also, Tommy wears not 1, but 2 belts. Sometimes he even wears 3! Why 2 belts? Quoting the book, “It keeps my ass up. Plus it feels good.” The movie does a big variation of that later, but there's your explanation.

That out of the way, next scene is Tommy auditioning for someone. Cameo time again, it's Bob Odenkirk! For a short time, he really does kind of milk this theater director persona with the hat, and I think a fake beard. I just assumed he enjoyed that, and it surprised Franco and company that Odenkirk is a fan of The Room. As James Franco said, people were tripping themselves to get a cameo in the movie. We're so not done yet. Tommy bombs at his audition, Odenkirk suggests a “shortcut,” that he's better fit for villain roles. Tommy balks at that, seeing himself as a hero. He even said “Keep your shortcut in your pocket.” That had to be a nod to The Room, Greg in that said “Leave your stupid comments in your pocket!” Somehow people have misquoted that as “Keep your stupid comments in your pocket.” Tsk tsk, but yeah that happened. It was here that Tommy performed a Shakespearean sonnet. Going back to the very beginning of the movie, they placed that real life scene and morphed into what I believe is a fictional one here. Maybe just to shoehorn Odenkirk, but it's still a good scene. This falls under a theme of lionizing Tommy more. The book does not lionize Tommy, it is as brutally honest as possible. With that though, and since it's Greg's perspective, there's no scenes of Tommy doing auditions, Greg wasn't there to witness them. Even so, in the book, Greg mentioned Tommy was never called back after leaving his headshots at various agencies and such. Taking that information, I feel like the movie kind of lionized Tommy inasmuch as actually giving him scenes where he did audition. In the book, it's heavily indicated that he never made it to that stage. I'm fine with that, especially since they needed to depict Tommy's struggles. The book depicts that in its own way, very well I might add, but this is a movie, this is where liberties had to be taken, and to that I'm very much down with. Besides, if you ask Tommy, he'll just immediately say these scenes happened. Very interesting line by Tommy here, he said everyone laughing at him in that scene, are villains, and he's the hero. It does touch on how he views the world and indicates strongly how much a loner he is. Greg was able to penetrate that force field though, it truly takes a special person to do that. More special than the Greg portrayed here, but I digress.

A scene that might have been made up, definitely not in the book, Greg's at a party talking with a black guy, who bragged about him getting a secondary lead role on an HBO show. The conversation turned to Greg's journey, him saying things are kind of dry this season, which is similar to the book, it's specified as “Pilot Season.” The black guy counters that claim, and this went into talk of Tommy, saying he can't step out with him, or else Hollywood's pussy goes dry. It clamps shut with a chastity belt. Those are the words of the black man, not mine, that's just silly. It was kind of funny though.

The fiction continues as Tommy is at a restaurant where a big Hollywood producer is having dinner with a young woman. Who is playing the Hollywood producer? Cameo time, Judd Apatow! Tommy bothered him greatly, offering him a headshot, then just going into an audition live, him doing the “To be or not to be” thing from Hamlet. Similar to Odenkirk, Apatow kind of milks this persona, being very aggressive to Tommy. Even when help came, he complained that the help didn't come soon enough. Chill man! He said that Tommy will never work out, not in a million years. Tommy asked “After that?” Nah man, that was pretty harsh. Again, fiction, not in the book, but still a really good scene. Similar effect as the one with Odenkirk, showing the harshness of Hollywood big wigs while depicting Tommy's struggles.

A pivotal scene happens where Tommy is despondent. After walking in Los Angeles in the middle of the night, the next day comes and Greg sees Tommy at the balcony of their apartment. He is convinced to give up, nobody wants him, Greg tries to cheer him up, and he sympathized with Tommy, noting that he is struggling with getting an acting job. Greg encourages a pinky shake, which the real Sestero would've never suggested, but I'll let it go. A major difference from the book, catastrophic and one that is admittedly a bitter pill to swallow, Greg said “I wish we can make our own movie.” Tommy said that's a great idea and away we go. This is NOT how The Room was conceived, this was not how Tommy got the idea to make his own movie. I'll give a separate paragraph to this. Before I do, despite the major left turn from the source material, it's a good scene, for an R-rated movie, there are a couple somewhat touching moments, and this is one of them.

Now, the huge deviation this movie took from the book, another long story. Here's the deal, on January 2000, the night of the Golden Globes, Tommy and Greg, who by then were definitely living together, decided to go watch a movie. Greg had already seen The Talented Mr. Ripley and felt a sad connection to it, drawing lots of parallels between that movie and the friendship he had with Tommy. I was pleased to learn about this, I had seen The Talented Mr. Ripley a couple times and knew full well what Greg was feeling. One major theme of that movie is Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) trying desperately to belong in a society he was not born, raised, and probably not even fit for. Ripley's talent is blending into that society like a chameleon, and it's a job for him. This particular job though goes sideways and Tom becomes too invested in it, to the point of seemingly loving the person he was tasked to infiltrate, Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law). Things take a murderous turn in the middle of the movie, and that epic murder scene was when Greg really got torn down. He felt their friendship had gone to that place. Not necessarily to murder, but to a point where Tommy would meltdown and be very very spiteful. This did happen months before Greg watched the movie, unfortunately this film does not touch on that particular falling out. Jumping ahead, they did have a falling out, but Hollywood treatment again, I'll get to that later. Jumping back to Greg and Tommy together, the latter glanced at the movie poster, and said that he wanted to watch the movie. Greg didn't tell Tommy that he saw the movie before, for good reason. Tommy was utterly moved by the movie, and by the end of the viewing, he looked like a guy who came out of a long “doomed love affair,” quoting the book. Greg thought Tommy felt what he himself felt when watching the movie. Perhaps he latched onto Greg too much, was too aggressive and such. As it turned out, when they struggled to drive through traffic because of the limos taking up the lanes (the Golden Globes had finished at that point), Tommy said defiantly “I'm not waiting for Hollywood!” He didn't, driving and swerving through traffic, as if to say “Fuck this shit, time to do me.” When they returned to the apartment, Tommy had a burst of energy and conceived The Room. He laid out the general outline, what it would be about, how Greg would play the best friend of “Johnny,” lies, cheating, betrayal, the ending, these details were shared. Greg didn't expect this reaction, he said Tommy couldn't see what The Talented Mr. Ripley was actually saying about him. This is true, he just somehow took the movie as basically a call to arms to go solo and make something that would be “bigger than everyone else.” Feeling empowered by this, Tommy pounded his chest and roared (not literally, just to be clear) in a scene I wish the movie depicted. It's powerful, it's a major turning point in the story. And the funniest part? I can quote it, not needing the audiobook or the physical version for this, I just remember it so well.

“I know the name of your character. You will be called 'Mark,' like this guy, Mark Damon.”

HAHA! There you go, that's the origin of the name Mark. I'm especially flattered because I do love me some Matt Damon. This movie does retain that, “Mark Damon,” it's said during a montage of Tommy going to work on his script. Pecking away at a typewriter! Oh, so dated and hilarious. Going back to what actually happened, it's such a major shame that they went Hollywood. Greg never suggested that they make their own movie, Greg didn't want to be Mark. He humored Tommy in the real life scene, he originally didn't think his idea would last until the next day. Lo and behold it did, and the script was being constructed. In hindsight, this movie doesn't really make clear what Greg did on The Room. He didn't just act in it, he helped with casting, that was definitely shown later, but that's kind of all they showed of his non-acting contributions. He did more, he was the line producer. The book goes into great detail at all the things he did, from ordering pizza for the cast, to scheduling call times, to regularly escorting Tommy to the set. He was set to just help out on set, again not act, but Tommy basically gave him an offer he couldn't refuse. Money, lots of money, to this day that figure has not been disclosed. My guess is between 500k to $1 million, plus a new car! Greg eventually took up the offer after some encouraging from Amber. In this movie, none of that funny, complex backstory, instead Greg just accepts it with little to no hesitation. Hollywood treatment. Man, actually sharing the real story made me more sour on what the movie did, but I'm letting it slide. Content wise, not really thinking about the source material, it's decent Hollywood stuff. The call to arms being a simple “Let's do it together.” That's so Hollywood, fine. The montage that followed was funny, it featured Tommy giving out the outline of the movie, the premise, sounding similar to the one he gave in the scene depicted in the book. The montage features again, the typewriter, scenes of him working out, and recording himself. A very small thing there, but based on a real-life thing. Tommy would record himself all the time, talking with people on the phone, talking to himself about various things, mostly tied to his acting pursuits. Greg discovered a cache of these tapes, and confronted Tommy about them, as a lot of them contained phone conversations Tommy had with Greg. Greg was none too pleased, and so he destroyed those particular tapes, but discovered the ones where he talked to himself. They moved him, and this proved very handy because he would give James Franco those tapes. They became a major source of Franco getting ready to be Tommy Wiseau. This paid off big time, he truly became Tommy Wiseau.

That montage was the extent of the screenwriting process. The book dedicates a chapter to that, and how it wore Tommy down. Here it's just a hurdle, which is again a shame, but Hollywood, let it go. To share more details, Tommy was so beaten down from the writing and just the overall cold shoulder he felt he got from Hollywood, that he disappeared for 9 months. I mentioned this before. When Greg enters the apartment in the movie and didn't see Tommy inside, I thought this was them adapting the scene from the book. It wouldn't be accurate, but I still expected that. Instead Greg found Tommy in the balcony, and you had that aforementioned “I wish we could make our own movie” scene. Tommy did let Greg know that he would leave for “several weeks or so,” but it ballooned to 9 months. Despite disappearing, Tommy got into an even worse mental space, one point leaving a phone message for Greg. Sestero had already moved out of that apartment by that point to one across the street, but he would go back to the old one to do laundry and stuff. He had left Tommy a positive phone message. The message Tommy left in return was so sad, a man at the end of the road, it basically sounded like a suicide message, Greg even said that in the book. It was chilling, that's powerful, but that's the magic of literature, not really being easy to just adapt into the big screen unfortunately. Where did Tommy go? I'm not sure, Greg wasn't sure himself, but Tommy said he was going to London. When Tommy called Greg one time and hung up after a very quick conversation, Greg heard the dial tone. It was not a transatlantic dial tone, meaning he was not in London, he assumed Tommy retreated to San Francisco but was too ashamed to say that. 9 months passed, and the movie gets the date right, May 19, 2001, Tommy shows Greg the completed script for The Room. That's in the movie, that's in the book, but the latter goes into more detail. Not only was it the day Tommy showed Greg the script for the first time, it was when he and Greg reunited. After that 9 month break, they hugged it out, Tommy had gotten more muscular since they last saw each other. In hindsight that would explain the working-out bits from that montage. I just remembered that in the movie, Tommy didn't say “Your girl can wait.” That should've been included here. Tommy and Greg went to a restaurant, it's there that the script is laid out to the latter, and the former asks him to read it. No waiting, right there, right now. In the book, Greg said he couldn't do that because he had to go spend time with Amber. “Tell your girlfriend you'll be busy this afternoon. She can wait.” That's not said in the movie, it should've because it would show how much Tommy downplays the relationship and how he still has the expectation Greg will just say “Yes.” Here, no need for hesitation practically, Greg reads the script. Sigh. Talking about these differences doesn't really help this movie, which I set myself up for this. Regardless, one of the biggest issues with this movie, Greg's beard. In The Room, Greg Sestero does sport a nice looking beard in my opinion. Here? No, it's fake. I could be wrong, but it just looks really fake, a stick-on beard job. Dave Franco is not blessed with that kind of facial hair prowess, enter the fake beard. Keep in mind that we're now approaching the portion of the film that shifts into production of The Room, and this beard lasts through a lot of that time. On paper that sounds bad, but really, I did make it past all this without being all “It's so fake!” If I focused too much on the beard, I would've been distracted and knocked the movie down a few pegs because of that. I just ignored it basically. Back to the scene, Greg read the entire script at the restaurant. Well first of all, that didn't happen, Greg read the whole script in a day, but at Tommy's new apartment. So there's that, and just past the accuracy, what restaurant would just allow for two people to just sit there for hours? I read a version of the original script and that took at least an hour. That's just my accumulation of it, I was reading it on and off for 3 hours. Either way, being a restaurant for that long to do something that doesn't involve eating, and one of the guys is sleeping? Come on, that's not realistic, and yes, Tommy slept, which indicates that this reading session took a long time. It's funny how he slept through that. I mean, Greg read it in silence, which I'm sure he did in real life. But, this is Tommy's baby, being so invested in that, it's strongly indicated in the book that he sat across from Greg and just watched him read the script. In this movie, he falls asleep. Hollywood treatment? There is a strong sense that they sharpened Tommy's qualities, making him more relatable, and even human. The book cuts no corners, but still makes Tommy a bit relatable. As relatable as possible for an alien, a vampire rockstar. I'm saying this because with those qualities, knowing that from the book, it's more believable that he sat through the reading, and was probably wide-eyed and excited from it all. So, he wouldn't sleep through that. Again, it's funny, and even though he wore sunglasses through that, it's so clear to people that would pass by that the man's sleeping. Quickly, they got the shades right, Tommy seems to love Oakley sunglasses.

I did wish for narration, especially if Greg did it since it's his story. It would've been nice in some silent scenes, but this is the book aspect, it would be difficult to make it movie compatible. One idea with that would be for the narration to also go along with what Greg was really thinking, to show that he only said what Tommy would like. Greg did in fact do that sometimes. Regardless, the reaction to the script is pretty on-point with the book, amazement. That's the general reaction, the book is more detailed in what his amazement was over, and not shying away from the fact that the story had many bland, inhuman elements. Inhuman in that there's no life in it, which is hilarious that Tommy's understanding of human emotions put to paper comes off like that. The movie didn't delve into this, which I can see why because it would give Greg a lot of time here, Dave Franco would've had to really acted all this out. The bottom line is that he isn't the main character, the story is more centered on Tommy Wiseau than the book is. While accurate, it's not exactly precise, if that makes sense. One thing though, Greg was eager to take up Mark in this movie, but real Greg, not so much. I'll let it slide here because it led to Tommy saying “Johnny Dapp” as a candidate to play Mark. The book gives more layers to this partnership in working on The Room, mainly that Greg just wanted to help out behind the scenes because he knew Tommy needed it, and he felt he owed Tommy. Here, and this is a major difference, Greg did it out of friendship. In the book, that's there to an extent, but it's also out of feeling in debt, feeling Tommy needed help to begin with. The movie's basic intention was to spotlight this friendship, and even though it's much more twisted in the book, the movie does a very fine job in painting a relationship that is simply unique in cinema. Regardless of very Hollywood, simple things, it's still a unique friendship painted on screen.

39 minutes into the movie, the time to get The Room made starts. Time for more cameos, as Greg and Tommy go to Birns & Sawyer to get some camera equipment. While their last names aren't mentioned, I gathered these cameos filled in for real life people in the book. Talking about the equipment and basically acting as the salesman is Jason Mantzoukas, who played Peter, and even more randomly, the facility owner, Bill, is played by Hannibal Buress. These are based on real people, Peter Anway was the sales representative for Birns & Sawyer and wound up being credited in the film as one of Tommy's assistants and I think a production coordinator. He was simply a liaison between the cast and crew, and Bill Muerer, who did in fact own that facility. Their characters in the book are more defined, Anway's the slightly timid, always grinning man on set, while Muerer was basically a no-bullshit kind of guy. Muerer's part in the book is minor, but there's plenty enough to come to that conclusion on his character. Here in this movie, they don't really have a lot of character. These roles are very brief, they do appear in other scenes in the movie however. Peter is smiling at first, putting over their business, introduces Greg and Tommy to Bill, but when it came time for a deal, Tommy said he wanted to buy all the equipment. This is all true, Tommy didn't do the standard practice of renting camera equipment, he bought them instead. Also true is him wanting to shoot in both 35MM film and HD, all of this is from the book, which of course it had to be, you couldn't really sugarcoat this super bizarre filmmaking practice by Tommy. While the book doesn't say how Bill and Peter reacted to these strange requests, the movie filled that in with them having a little chat away from Greg and Tommy, and they just ended up rolling with it. That is accurate with the book, they were businessmen, they accommodated the customer despite the wacky requests. Now I'm not sure if this was true, not really explained in the book, but I believe it, when they accepted Tommy's request, they made a deal where the equipment would be purchased at a discount if Tommy shot The Room at their studio space. The book said that Bill Muerer was gracious enough to give them that studio space, but it's not clear why exactly. I think it may be them wanting to keep an eye on the equipment, in the book there was a sense that they wanted to make sure Tommy held onto the stuff for 30 days, because that was the return window. Whatever the case, I'm all for this. I'll just say that there are less questionable discrepancies between the book and the movie in terms of The Room's production. They're still there, some of them are major, but basically I had less to complain about this portion of the movie than the story leading up to making The Room.

Everything is agreed upon, now it's time to cast! Montage time with “Can't Get You Out Of My Head” by Kylie Minogue playing. I actually thought this was a 90s song, but it came out in 2001, so give it to the people who put the soundtrack together, maybe by Franco's suggestion, these songs are very timely. The casting process, which is only shown for getting someone to play Lisa, alternates with Tommy meeting some key players and talking with them. Quickly you get introduced to people who round out the crew. Sandy Schklair, the script supervisor, played by Seth Rogen, which is absolutely perfect casting. The book gives enough info to really describe who Sandy is and Rogen nailed it so well. Actually, I'm not even sure if he really had to do much because Sandy could be compared to Rogen's typical characters of being a straight man to his fellow co-star James Franco. That being said, the dynamic isn't touched on a lot, so you won't think it's all Pineapple Express or The Interview, but it peaks in here and there. Raphael Smadja, played by Paul Scheer, another fan of The Room, his podcast How Did This Get Made had an episode where they interviewed Greg Sestero many years ago, so it's good he turned up. Mantzoukas is also a part of that podcast, as is June Diane Raphael, who played Robyn Paris, who played Michelle in The Room. Oh yeah, that's a statement. An actor playing an actor playing a character, that kind of acting is pretty prevalent in this main portion of the movie. Sandy asked to see the script. Ha ha ha, no script. The only people who had a full script were Tommy, Greg, and Sandy. That's according to the book. According to Sandy himself and I think this movie, he didn't get a full script, everyone got pages at a time. What is definitely true is Sandy would make some edits to make the dialogue less alien. So imagine if he didn't touch the script, what's on screen and immortalized is actually watered down from the original script. As I said before, I read a version of the script, but I could tell someone tampered with it, adding some things that don't fit, believe it or not. The biggest example is the use of the Over 9000 meme, which exposes this tampering because said meme didn't exist in the early 2000s, it was birthed in mid-2000s, 2006 I believe. Tommy sells the script on his website, but by all accounts, it's the script that was on set. That means it included changes to fit more with what dialogue made it into the movie, as well as the inclusion of Denny. Denny wasn't in the original script, and the script I read instead had an openly homosexual character named Billy, who was Lisa's brother. I'm not sure if that was in the original script, if it was, Greg would've mentioned that in the book, but it's not. Or, that's true, and Greg wanted to avoid the homosexual speculation about Tommy, seeing as he supposedly wrote an openly gay character. I really don't know. I think the person that has the true, original script, outside of being on a file in Tommy's computer, is Greg Sestero. I've seen him do script reads with audience members in appearances he did. I don't think any of them had Denny. The script reads are hilarious though. Anyways, after some crazy auditions, enter Juliette Danielle, played by Ari Graynor. Brilliant casting again! In fact, she has a much better look, with all due respect, than the original Juliette in being a harpie, a bitch, an evil woman. The scowls she made as Lisa here are much more stinging than someone who is too far removed from scowling. That makes it all the more interesting since Graynor is playing someone who is a genuinely nice person, and naive. That's how the movie paints her, naive, and having a measure of pep, really wanting the part. Her auditioning here was funny, she had to act out licking ice cream, and at one point the ice cream melted, so act that out too. It was pretty hot too, and Tommy had to ensure that this wasn't a porno, which was an actual concern at first from people auditioning! Going back to the parts where Greg talks with the key players, he meets Bill again, forgetting his name, and said “I didn't know it was you.” Another little cheeky nod to The Room as the infamous flower shop scene had the store owner saying “Oh hey Johnny I didn't know it was you.” Rogen's character responded to that in the end of the movie when The Room premiered. I mean, how could you not know? There's only one Tommy Wiseau. One little thing, during the auditioning part, there's an American flag sticker behind Juliette, there's one behind Tommy and Greg. If you didn't know, Tommy is so pro-American it's ridiculous. He insists too that he is American despite that crazy accent. I just wanted to touch on that. Also, before I forget, other people Tommy meets, Amy Von Brock, the makeup artist, Sofowa Bright, the costume designer, cute young women playing the roles.

Now, I'll just say now, throughout the production of The Room in Birns & Sawyer, this movie shows that Raphael Smadja and Sandy Schklair stayed through that whole time. The truth is, they didn't. The movie had to do some condensing, which I have to accept. The truth is, Tommy changed the crew 3 times, that's according to the book. Tommy himself said they changed the crew 4 times, which doesn't make him any better as a filmmaker, but there you go. Smadja was the first director of photography, and judging by the book, he only lasted at least 30 days, which again was that return window Tommy had for the camera equipment. The truth is Smadja was brought in by Bill Muerer as someone to basically handle the equipment and make sure Tommy doesn't break them and thus return them, kind of a babysitter role. Smadja did the movie seemingly out of a favor, owing Birns & Sawyer for a previous thing, which has never been described, not that it matters. Smadja brought in Sandy Schklair, actually begging him to come on board, they had worked together a couple times before. Schklair was and still is a prolific script supervisor, in this movie he said he had done “47 shows,” which includes TV series and movies. Schklair in real life is kind of a loudmouth. I credit Rogen for nailing the character and everything, and I'm especially thankful he was limited, he did everything in a box. If the movie ever stepped out of the box, like say a scene where Schklair was interviewed many years later after the movie premiered, things would've went crazy. Also, in the story, they thankfully didn't give the perception that Schklair was the “real” director of the movie. Yes he did act as a director when Tommy was in the scene, doing the “action” and “cut,” but the real life person insists that he directed pretty much the whole movie. The only things he said he didn't direct were Tommy's love scenes and the San Francisco 2nd Unit. He recently wrote and released a book detailing his perspective of The Room production. From what I read from reviews, it's just rant-filled and containing lots of grammar and spelling errors, so definitely no editing, no filter. That's disappointing, because despite his wild claims, I do find him entertaining. One thing I don't particularly agree with is him saying that he deliberately directed the movie to be as over-the-top as possible. Almost as if to say the delivery from actors, the actions, were staged by him. I just don't believe that, it sounds like someone wanting to ride the coattails of The Room. Other than that, him ranting about Tommy and such is entertaining, but if it's not structured well in his book, then it's really not worth reading. It might as well have been a long video interview or something. Also, the timing is telling, he got that book out in the middle of The Disaster Artist movie's buzz. Anyways, I'm going off tangent again, just to summarize, Sandy was thankfully not portrayed in any way the real Sandy himself would've done.

Just to remind again with last names, they are never mentioned, in hindsight I think the only last name spoken and seen here is Tommy's. I mentioned before Greg's surname isn't even mentioned, it appears on some mail towards the end of the movie, but that's the extent of it. Oh and Smadja's does appear on the clapperboards. So the surnames I supplied is thanks to the book, and of course, you can just Google and find those names for yourself.

Shoot day 1 of 40, Tommy and Greg roll up in there, slow motion, “Epic” by Faith No More plays. That's so damn Hollywood (kind of the word of the day here), but I enjoyed it. Tommy gives a pep talk before production gets under way. This scene wasn't in the book, but I believe something like this happened. The lines Tommy said come from the book, most of them specifically from a director's note on the script of The Room. As in, these are Tommy's own written words spoken here. I thought that was really nice, and the scene at least gives you a look at the players of this movie. In hindsight that's important since some of them don't even have dialogue, especially the man playing Scott Holmes, Mike in The Room. Easter egg though, he's wearing a toy wristwatch, which is what Mike wore in the movie! It's so funny because that's a little thing I myself never really caught, people with better eyes than me caught it, researched and matched it up with a little prize you'd find in a cereal box! I think Fruity Pebbles, not sure, but it's a legit cereal box prize! I have a feeling that was Scott's idea, learning a bit about him, he was one of the few people who didn't take his job seriously. Look at his face during the chocolate scene, that's not staged by anyone but the man himself, he knew what he got into and had fun with it. Good on him. Saying all that, now I wished they had a scene here of them shooting the chocolate scene. That's not even in the book either, Greg does leave out a few scenes that were shot. Maybe he wasn't there to watch them, or maybe he deemed them unimportant to the story. Of the little scenes omitted though, that's the one I wished was touched on. Ah well, you can find Scott Holmes and his co-star in the scene Robyn Paris talk about it in interviews. Anyways, despite Tommy's accent and words that kind of make no sense, this speech was pretty damn good. It riled up the troops, unfortunately that's the extent of camaraderie and unity between cast, crew, and director. As the movie soon explores, and the book does as well, Tommy was a dictator on set. In fact that is indicated right after his speech and he pointed out the private bathroom he had made for himself, despite a clean public bathroom near the studio! Is that in the book? Yes! There's also foreshadowing to dictator Tommy when he brought out Marcus, the documentary cameraman. In the book? Yep! See at first he's filming the pep talk, Tommy made sure that he did a closeup of the “good side” of his face before his pep talk. I have to single out the person playing Phillip Haldiman, Denny in The Room. He is portrayed by Josh Hutcherson and his hair almost drove me crazy. I couldn't tell if that was real or a wig, it's even funnier than the original Denny's hair! That fucking feather duster on his head, jeez man. Really good casting though, especially when we get to the next scene.

So here we go, the first scene shot in The Room, an alley confrontation between Denny and Chris-R. The alley though is a set inside the Birns & Sawyer studio space, and it looks just like the alley right behind Tommy and the crew. So why shoot in a fake set rather than at the alley literally a couple feet away from them? “Because it's real Hollywood movie.” For fuck's sake, and that's in the book too! The alley, the rooftop, these were fake sets built because Tommy believed that's what Hollywood people do, everything is a set, which is ridiculous because those locations were easily accessible to begin with. Again, that alley right behind them, they could've used the roof of Birns & Sawyer, but no. Although Tommy doesn't say it in the movie, in the book he would add, “No Mickey Mouse stuff.” Whatever that means. Sandy's response was “No sure, sounds good.” Exactly like in the book! I loved that. As I said earlier, two cameras were used. Now, they were rigged next to each other with some setup Tommy himself had constructed. Peter earlier mentioned the problems of shooting with two cameras, you would need two different lighting setups, two different crews, but Tommy wanted to take on that challenge, which is something nobody else would, for good reason! A huge round of applause for the DP of The Disaster Artist, to accurately simulate the horrible lighting in The Room is such a daunting task and he did it! So, I should name him, Brandon Trost, two thumbs up from me.

Phillip asked what his character's age was supposed to be, Tommy said 15 or 16, but fact, he was 26 at the time! He told Tommy that, but here Tommy replied with “Same thing, you look great.” HA! Consider that Phillip Haldiman, 26, was older than almost everyone else, of course not Tommy and Carolyn Minnott, who played Lisa's mother Claudette. It makes his presence in the movie even creepier than it already is based on the shit he says and does. Oh, wardrobe, fantastic! You can tell by my gushing of these things what I believe are the best parts of this movie, when they nailed down details 100%. Denny's wardrobe in this movie compared with The Room? No comparison, they're exactly the same! Chris-R's? The same, fuck everyone's wardrobe was the same, which is shocking considering that those clothes were straight out of thrift stores. To emulate the wardrobe, they would've had to scour Los Angeles thrift stores which could not have been easy. Compared with the liberties taken in this movie, it's amazing they focused on these details. Granted, I wish they got everything accurate, but again, Hollywood, adaptation, the title card of the movie said “Based on a true story,” so people should know what they're going to get. Despite that, holy balls they sure did nail down production practices and things from The Room. Oh, and cameo time, playing Dan Janjigian, who was Chris-R in the movie? None other than Zac Efron. Dan is a tall guy, Efron isn't, but he was taller than Denny so I let it slide. Physical appearance though, fucking jacked, so was Dan. They also got Dan's method-like acting practices down, swearing up a storm before doing his only scene in the movie. It's more impressive when you learn that Dan wasn't an actor, he was fresh off competing in the 2002 Winter Olympics for the Armenian Bobsledding team. Yeah, no bullshit. They don't mention that in this movie, but fun fact to share. Some lines Tommy said were just like in the book, when describing Dan's prep, “He's like monster.” When giving final words to Phillip, “Don't be Brando today, you might hurt yourself.” That specifically is very similar to the book, only it wasn't said to Phillip, it was said to “Don,” the original Mark. Yep...story time.

Really a lot of these stories could've been shared for a review of The Room itself, but I'll go ahead with this. As the movie shows, Greg is quick to agree to do the movie. In the book, that was so not the case. Greg didn't want to act in the movie, and it reached a point where another person was cast for Mark. The real name of this actor is not fully disclosed, but his first name is actually Dan, but Tommy could never remember his name, so he called him “Don.” As shown in this movie, Tommy would call actors by their character names, so he probably wasn't tasked to remember other actors' names. That would explain why there wasn't a scene where Tommy forgot Dan Janjigian's name, he just always called him “Chris-R.” By the way, why Chris-R, why not just Chris? “He is gangster.” Well okay. Now, when Greg reluctantly agreed to act in the movie following Tommy's lucrative offer, Tommy came up with a crazy idea to phase out Don. They would shoot Greg with the 35MM under the false statement of doing it for a “future project” with the producers, and for Don, they said they filmed him, but actually didn't. By the way, producers? There's only one, Tommy Wiseau, while the movie doesn't touch on this facade Tommy kept up, it was an actual one he maintained on set. Liberties taken, which I'm actually fine with, given the length of the movie, and the overall fast speed of it, some things just had to be omitted, and this was one of them. The whole thing with this movie is preserving the integrity, telling this human friendship story, and they did all that, despite major differences and omissions from the book. Back to the Don story, the first day of shooting came, they did shoot the alley scene with Chris-R and Denny. In The Disaster Artist movie, they only show that part, when in reality there is a section where Johnny (Tommy) and Mark (Greg) run into the scene and rescue Denny. With that crazy plan in action, Don would prepare, with Tommy telling him not to be like Brando, because he will hurt himself. Don acted out the scene under the belief he was filmed. That didn't happen, and this lie was maintained, Greg did his Mark performance in the scene. Then when it came time to film Mark's scene with Peter the psychologist (played by Kyle Vogt), Greg was given a wardrobe change for the scene. Don wasn't, raising suspicion. The scene is done, with Greg being really aggressive in it. In this movie, Tommy basically pep talked Greg to bust out the anger. In the book however, Greg's aggression stemmed from Tommy just annoying him to the point of anger. That plays into the lionizing of Tommy The Disaster Artist movie did, but there you go. Regardless, Tommy is blown away by the take, and that's when people realized, including Don, that he was being phased out. Eventually he was formally fired, as well as the original Michelle, played by Brianna Tate. She's not represented in the film, again, condense, speed, liberties taken. However, a memorable incident with her was adapted into the movie...slightly. The movie makes a passing remark about the lack of water during a very hot day in production. In reality, that was the case, add on that Tommy had a personal hot water keg (not in this movie). Yes, hot water, Tommy loves that. Anyways, Brianna asked Tommy why there wasn't water for them to drink, to which the man erupted yelling “Nobody in Hollywood will give you water!” That line was said in this movie actually, now remembering that. In the book though, after Tommy said that, he chucked a water bottle at Brianna's head, causing everyone but Juliette to walk off set. Briefly, Juliette was such a trooper during production, rather than walk out, she wept, she really cared about the movie more than one would expect, and for as little time as she's spotlighted in The Disaster Artist, that care and dedication is maintained, so credit to Ari Graynor for delivering that. Actually, going back to the pep talk in the movie, Robyn wasn't seen, maybe showing that the original Michelle, Brianna, was already fired according to this story. Robyn Paris wasn't cast as Michelle until weeks into filming, professional all the way, that's Tommy Wiseau for you. So yeah, there's that backstory.

Okay, finally to the first scene being shot. It's amazing, Zac Efron killed it, Denny looked like he was about to shit his pants, meaning Phillip looked like he was about to shit his pants...meaning Josh Hutcherson acted like he was looking like he was about to shit his pants. Uhhh, yeah that's confusing. Also, I hadn't really stressed the fact that James Franco directed The Disaster Artist, and he did it with the makeup and prosthetics on, and keeping up the Tommy voice. Now he didn't act like Tommy, he just spoke like him while directing, which by all accounts, was bizarre. Seth Rogen couldn't handle it at first, laughing so hard the first couple weeks into filming! So, try to put that in perspective. James Franco is playing a real life character as a director, directing himself as that real life character and then directing himself as the real life character who directed other people. That's convoluted. How about, James Franco played Tommy Wiseau on camera, which included being Tommy Wiseau the director, all while he looked and sounded like Tommy Wiseau behind the scenes, as the director. Yeah that doesn't help much, and in interviews, Franco really justified that he had to be the director of the movie, and I totally agree with that, given what he was directing. A story about a man who directed, wrote, produced, and starred in a movie. A movie about a movie. It's been done before, Sunset Blvd, Boogie Nights, Ed Wood especially, stories about people making movies. This reminds greatly of Ed Wood, this movie, though it has its own character for sure.

Returning to the movie, next scene shot, as is true in the book, Greg and Peter on the rooftop. Actually, the pep talk here was in the book, but for talking up Greg before the alley scene, not here. Honestly, Dave Franco here was really good here. Overall his performance is very good, maybe a bit underrated given the weight of his role and how important to the whole story it was. Still, in this scene, he actually sounded more aggressive than the real Greg did in this rooftop scene. But knowing Greg is a very laid back, down to earth guy, the fact he got so aggressive is powerful enough. The movie said this is day 4 of shooting, but going from the book, I believe it still was day 1. I'm a bit hazy on that detail, but I'm pretty sure it was still day 1. Oh, I need to make this clear, Nathan Fielder, the guy who played Kyle Vogt aka Peter in The Room, perfect too. Perfect in the voice I mean, appearance wise he just had more hair than Kyle had, but I'll let that slide. The voice though, it sounded so damn similar to Peter, I was actually shocked. Back to Dave Franco, he didn't sound like Greg Sestero, not at all, but I'm fine with that. Here with Fielder, I was so shocked that I guess his natural speaking voice was close to Kyle's.

Cameo time! Sandy goes to a bank to cash his paycheck, and he was fully expecting the check to bounce. This scene is perfectly adapted from the book, no differences. Playing the bank teller is Brian Huskey. Well, not sure if it's a cameo, he's a prolific “That guy” actor, I remember him most, randomly, from Step Brothers. When the guys go out to get jobs, he played one of the interviewers. Anyways, the check didn't bounce, and the teller said the owner's account (Tommy) is a bottomless pit. Sandy was stunned. Again, to this day, the origin of Tommy's money is a mystery. Funny little scene, Sandy just had to make it clear he's currently part of a movie, very consistent with the real life Sandy's character.

Here we go, getting ready for the most famous scene of the movie. Tommy is topless getting his hair sprayed. Greg comes up to him, asking if Tommy's excited or nervous. “Nervous” ticked Tommy off and he ranted on how he's not nervous. Things get more heated when Sandy came in to say that they're ready to shoot the next scene, and left by complimenting Greg on his previous scene. Jealously running wild as Tommy gets up, yanking a blazer and dark shirt to go with his baggy cargo pants, and he just goes for his various stuff on the table and fills his pockets up with them. This is very accurate to the book, except for this Tommy hissy fit. That was attributed to Sofowa stepping away to run some errands and he couldn't wait to be costumed. The movie adds on this jealousy angle, which never happened in the book. Tommy did feel challenged by Greg, jealous too, but that was made clear during their first 4 years of friendship, not necessarily during the production of The Room. I can understand though bleeding this angle into the production section of this story, it still maintains an almost unsettling look at Tommy's attitude on set. Sofowa asked if he was going to really carry all that stuff in his pockets, to which Tommy said “I keep my stuff sweety.” Next she said she has to take a picture for continuity, Tommy replied with “Continuity in your forehead.” Those quotes are very similar to what he said in the book, so thumbs up for that.

The famous scene is shot. This took up the whole teaser trailer of the movie, and it worried me at first because I didn't think the accent was nailed down by Franco. Watching it in the film proper, the accent is still nailed down, this is arguably the best scene in Franco's movie. It's also one of the best scenes in the book. The “Oh hai Mark” scene is one of the greatest in movie history! Everything about The Room is summed up in this scene. Johnny storms to the rooftop saying that he did not hit Lisa. He did NAHHT! He throws his water bottle down in anger, turns his head and sees his best friend, closing it out by saying “Oh hai Mark.” Legendary, absolutely classic, unmatched. This movie shows how it was filmed. I'll say right away that it got the take numbers wrong. According to the book, it took 32 takes, this movie makes it out that it took over 60 takes. The exaggeration wasn't necessary but I'll let it pass. Tommy did have problems saying the line, which is hilarious because it's his own script, he doesn't remember his own script! The movie takes liberties here in terms of how Tommy was coached. They kind of made it look like he was coached after almost every take, but simply by them saying the lines Tommy forgot. There was a point where Tommy entered the scene and did some of his lines while looking right at the camera, which was funny, but not in the book. The general idea was there though, Tommy needed stage direction as well. The book makes it clear that there was a point where after all the failures, Sandy and Greg came up with a verbal cheat sheet for Tommy to use. “I did not, mad mad mad, throw the water bottle, notice me, look up.” The movie does keep the water bottle bit accurate, that it was Greg's idea and he simply told Tommy to “show some emotion” while handing him the water bottle. Tommy understood with relief. Another difference, Tommy still had a fuck-up after the water bottle was introduced when he bumped his head on the doorjam and shooting had to stop. When he was ready, that's when Greg gave Tommy a verbal cheat sheet. From there, he finally got the scene down. The shooting of the scene in this movie focuses on just that, but in the book, some other things happen. Distractions like someone farting and Tommy flipping out from that, and of course the doorjam incident, and even Don and Brianna coming back on set to pick up their checks. Condense and convey though. They condensed the scene, and still conveyed the message very well, so no issues, it's fucking hilarious. Though not said in the book, when Tommy finally got the line right, everyone celebrated like Tommy just won an Oscar! That kind of celebration wasn't in the actual production, which does show how much of a pain that period was, simple relief and sighing rather than celebration. Here's something the movie got twisted, the order of scenes shot. It's made out that the “Oh hai Mark” scene was shot before the rest of the scene, which featured Mark, the famous line “What a story Mark” and all that. Actually, that portion was shot before, then “Oh hai Mark” was filmed.

Oh jeez, they took a huge jump into the production schedule. It was day 8 when “Oh hai Mark” was filmed, according to this movie, but the “What a story Mark” portion was shot on day 25?! That's a leap. Regardless, there was a scene in between of Greg and Amber in the pool. Alright, let's delve into the real life relationship. During production of The Room, Greg and Amber grew pretty far apart, with the latter resenting the fact Greg was working on a movie, and she was being mired in debt and working a miserable counter job. She felt Greg was living it up, but he really wasn't. He was suffering on set. Their own struggles led to constant fighting, which Greg doesn't go into too much detail, and he doesn't have to. One major aspect of the book is Greg doesn't air dirty laundry on women, every instance of him talking about a female was filled with honesty, but delicacy. He doesn't bad-mouth anyone, but when it came to Tommy for example, he held almost nothing back. For women, he was much more sensitive about revealing information. One example is when they got ready to shoot the “You are tearing me apart Lisa” scene, Greg had to point out something on Juliette's body. He prefaced with “There's no other way to say this” as he described back acne Juliette had. It was important to share this info because Tommy zeroed in on this body issue and said very loudly for Amy the makeup artist to cover up the pimples. His own words, “Take this shit out, we can't have this.” The movie adapts this by the way, but for their sex scene, and it wasn't acne on the back, on her shoulder. I'm fine with that for a particular reason, which I'll get to. Anyways, the point I'm trying to make is Greg is super polite and respectful towards women, even when he's had a very tumultuous relationship with one. Again, does not go into great detail about their rocky moments, but you get the idea clearly. So now that I shared that, the movie just has Greg and Amber in the pool, talking, the former was distracted remembering his lines, and the latter tried to get him focused on relaxation. Greg eventually does that, they kiss, and move on to the next scene. Without knowing the fact that these two are actually married, it would be hard to say that this relationship looks even cute. It's nice though, all things considered.

Not really much to say in terms of differences between the shooting of the “What a story Mark” scene in the book and movie, other than the obvious day 25 thing which I don't believe to be true. I would say day 25 is more around the time where the “You are tearing me apart Lisa” scene was shot, because this was before the 30 day return window expired, and soon after, Raphael would leave. He left because Tommy didn't listen to his ultimatum of getting a line producer before a Sunday or else he'd leave. Tommy insisted that Greg is just fine as line producer, but Raphael was not having any of it. So that's the on-paper reason, my interpretation is that Raphael made that up as an alibi for him to abandon ship. It's clear in the book that he felt insulted to be part of The Room, thinking it was beneath him. That's just my opinion, not documented fact, and Greg just delivers the facts, he wouldn't speculate like that. Anyways, back to this scene, it picks up with the “What a story Mark” delivery. What happened was that Mark shared a story about a woman he knew that banged a dozen guys. One of them found out about this, and beat her up so bad that she was hospitalized. Every time Greg delivered the line, Tommy laughed warmly to it. It was really bizarre, hilarious on screen, but imagine shooting that. The movie did a decent job showing what happened. People were really confused, and takes had to be done to try and get one instance of Tommy not laughing. In the movie, that just wasn't possible. In the book though, there was a take where Tommy reacted like he was bored or something, no emotion. Whatever the reaction, Tommy couldn't give the right emotion to learning about something that is pretty damn serious. A funny thing here is when Sandy talked to Tommy about this, Tommy justified with “Human behavior. People do crazy stuff.” That's it, no other explanation, which is funny but makes no sense. They did it one more time, Tommy assured he would not laugh. They did it again, he still laughed. Rather than continue on, they let the scene go. Greg walks off after that, I don't blame him. One thing that's interesting with Dave Franco's overall portrayal of Greg during the production of The Room, is that he's trying more than the real life Sestero did. There are snippets of Greg actually trying in the movie, as mentioned earlier with the rooftop scene featuring himself and Peter, where he cursed a lot and teased throwing Peter off the roof, and then apologized right after! “Leave your stupid comments in your pocket” is another example of Greg bringing the heat. However, these examples happened as a result of Tommy egging him on too much, bugging him and him just wanting to get the scenes over with. It is the job of the director to really draw out performances from his actors, and while Tommy can get those responses, he does it through unprofessional means and kind of being an asshole, stubborn, not willing to change lines or take breaks, get the scene in, do it dammit. So that was Greg in real life, here they make it out like Greg tried more than just a few times, which for a general audience, that's fine. For big fans of The Room and Greg's book, it does fall into the overall feeling that Greg was dumbed down here. I'm still forgiving of it though.

Still on shooting the scene, Mark says “One of them found out about it, beat her up so bad, she ended up in a hospital on Guerrero Street.” The thing is in the movie, this is said in every take, like it was in the script. It wasn't, the “Guerrero Street” part to be specific, was an ad-lib by Greg. Tommy's San Francisco apartment was on Guerrero Street, and Greg thought that he could use that in the line as a way to get a better reaction from Tommy. That didn't work, Tommy still laughed, but again, the movie has it that Greg walks off set after finishing. In the book, Tommy dragged Greg to a spot far away from the cast and crew. Tommy was flipping out a bit that Greg shared that street name. He felt Greg was sharing private info, but as Greg logically explained, it's such an obscure reference that people would not have understood it. Nobody knew Tommy lived in San Francisco to begin with. Despite the explanation, Tommy said “I'm not happy about your statement.” Despite not liking that line by Greg, that take was the only usable one, that's why it made it into the film. Segue into something this movie didn't touch at all, that I just remembered, the sound guy who worked on this had no experience prior. It was basically his first job, and as a result, the sound in The Room was so bad that most of the film, at least 90%, wound up being dubbed in post production. This movie doesn't touch on that at all. It's strange how I just forgot that, but I guess the movie did its job of making me forget that. I can't say I'm mad at them for that.

One thing the book didn't describe, which means the movie is free to show any way it wanted to, was Tommy watching behind-the-scenes footage outside of production hours. Actually that is touched upon in the book, but quickly. Going back to Marcus the documentary cameraman, it turned out that Tommy hired him to film everything, and I mean everything. He was basically a spy for Tommy, catching moments where people talked bad about him behind his back. This scene shows Tommy specifically seeing Raphael and Sandy burying him, as well as questioning on who gave Tommy the money. Oh, during this scene, there's an American flag behind Tommy, it's poking out in the background. Yep, because Tommy's all-American guy. Nice scene.

This is so not in the book, so another short paragraph coming. Tommy is with Greg and Amber eating at a Mexican restaurant, and he gets the news from the couple that Greg is moving out from Tommy's apartment to live with Amber. They do wound up living together, that's true in the book, but this scene never happened. Well, I bet it happened, but the conversation wasn't about moving out. In the book, Greg had already moved out of Tommy's apartment during the 9 month period where the all-American guy disappeared. He didn't need to ask Tommy for permission or even let him know about this, when Tommy returned from his 9 month period, he moved into another apartment himself. So both guys were past the point of living together, nothing more to it than that. Here, it's played up to dramatic effect, as Tommy does not take the news well. Tommy asked “What about movie?” He thought Greg was going to ditch the movie. Greg basically said that won't happen, he'll see him on Monday for shooting. Despite that, Tommy exits the place, and unbeknownst to the two lovebirds, the guy throws some shit around outside the restaurant. Another little reference to The Room, he yelled “Everybody betray me!” He didn't say “I'm fed up with this whirl!” He probably would've but he hurt his foot during this temper tantrum and said “I hurt my foot.” While this scene wasn't in the book, it was damn entertaining, once again James Franco lighting things up.

This is when things take a turn for the worse, tensions start to get pretty high. Day 28 of 40. Let me start off by saying that this was shot at the very end of production, but this movie makes it out like it wasn't, as later other scenes are shot. Tommy's biggest vanity moment, the sex scene! While not mentioned by the movie, it's pretty well known that Tommy and Juliette had two sex scenes, but the second of the two used recycled footage from the first sex scene. That's hilarious. Now in the book, things were troublesome, and the movie got some of that right. What they got right on: Tommy refused to close the set, Tommy did walk around naked, but he had a towel over him, in the movie, full on nude with a cock sock. So, pubes! I never thought I'd say that I saw James Franco's pubic hair, but there you go. I also saw his ass, and it's pale. Franco's a California boy, so he's typically tanned, but to play Tommy, he had to go pale and...ugh. If I want to see Franco's ass, I'd want the scene to be one where he's tanned, looking like himself and not Tommy, and just being James Franco. I won't lie, he's a sexy motherfucker, but as Tommy, he's not sexy, of course, so seeing these naughty areas was shocking. I mean, dude got fucking ripped, just like the real Tommy for The Room, I'll hand that to him, but damn. I did like when Tommy entered the set, and told Raphael that he wanted this to look like Titanic. Raphael assured him that it does...I see what he did there! Sinking ship, that's for sure. Greg asked why this was necessary, Tommy said that he “has” to show his ass, or the movie won't sell. That's exactly what he said in the book, Jesus. Also true is that Tommy really wanted to show everybody on set this scene, hence no closed set. What's not true is Tommy singling out Greg, saying “especially you” in regards to who he wants to witness this scene. This was done to show the crumbling friendship between Greg and Tommy. As I said earlier, their friendship had many ups and downs, the movie would've been a roller coaster with all that. Instead, Hollywood formula, they go for mostly up, and then have a down, then back up again. This is the down period. True in the book as well, Tommy drew inspiration to show his ass from Legends of the Fall, as Brad Pitt went fully nude in that movie. Of course this fact was shared from Greg's narration, they fit that into the movie with Tommy himself saying “Like Legends of the Falls.” Hehe. Fun fact, James Franco played James Dean in a TNT TV movie, and in that, he went fully nude, showing his bare ass. Tommy and Greg did watch that movie together. That would've been so meta if they had a scene in this movie of them watching that TV movie, it came out in 2001 after all. Greg said in an interview, that said nude scene was an inspiration for him to bare his ass, along with Legends of the Fall. So much of a full circle thing, as here's James Franco doing the deed again, but as someone who watched Franco do the deed years ago. Mind blown. Another narration bit adapted into dialogue here, Greg said in the book that Juliette suggested playing an Alicia Keys song during the sex scene shooting. Tommy refused, saying they are not going to promote other people's work. As said earlier, Tommy flips out at Juliette's acne, but in the book it was from her back and it was during preparation for the “You are tearing me apart Lisa” scene. Well it plays out here with the shoulder acne, Tommy yelling for Amy to come in and get rid of the pimples. Greg runs in and confronts Tommy about this, Juliette is escorted by Amy, seemingly crying. Juliette did in fact cry, quietly as Tommy told Amy to cover up the back pimples. However, nobody confronted Tommy about that, in this movie though, Greg came in. This leads to them going a bit off set to argue, with Tommy referencing Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock, especially how the latter would throw birds at the actors during the production of The Birds. There was a scene in the book where Tommy referenced Hitchcock, but it had to do with shooting the rooftop scene featuring Chris-R, remember that they scrapped the alley scene and Tommy wanted to reshoot it on the rooftop. Anyways, Tommy also said the word “Director” came from “Dictator.” Whoa, that's on the nose there. The book did say Tommy was a dictator on set, but that was from Greg's narration, the fact it came from Tommy's mouth in this movie is an example of things being on the nose. I get it though, and this was a major example of the movie sometimes not pulling any punches. I did say there is a lionizing of Tommy, but there are exceptions to that, such as this scene. The biggest stamp of approval for this kind of portrayal was Tommy himself cringing while watching this scene. I learned about it in an interview with either Greg or Franco. Tommy turned to Greg during that screening in SXSW, and asked if he really did that. Generally speaking, yeah. He did in fact draw out shooting the sex scene for days due to his antics. Greg doesn't describe them all, which I don't blame him, but he did say Juliette looked to be suffering between takes. Yeah, takes.

Back to the scene, things heat up more, Tommy said he spent $5 million dollars on the movie. By that point, I believe him, the general number shared was $6 million. Assuming that's true, it must mean he spent $1 million marketing the film, and he sure did spend a lot on marketing, as the book and this movie described. Greg can't believe that figure, but then Tommy lays down the fact that he knows about people talking shit behind his back. Tommy goes back on set, Juliette insists she's fine, got to get back to shooting the scene. Tense stuff for sure, very well acted.

And then it's back to being hilarious. If you've seen the sex scene, you know why it's funny and disgusting at the same time. In Tommy's mind, the navel is the vagina. Yeah, and good Lord, more shots of James Franco's pale white ass. The reactions are amazing, looks of disgust, Juliette saying Tommy's aiming too high. Tommy though said he aims however he wants, just do the scene. Rogen kind of steals the scene, asking “Why is he having sex with her belly button? He knows where his vagina is, right?” HA! Tommy called cut, saying the scene needs more passion, and more cleaning up of the pimples. It's funny Tommy would complain about that acne when he himself had marks and stuff that needed covering up. The movie doesn't touch on that, the book sure did. Anyways, Raphael's time to shine, his chivalry comes roaring out as he yells at Tommy for this treatment, threatening him. It's a screamfest, Tommy fires Raphael, Greg is holding Smadja back as Tommy lays down the truth of him watching everyone talk shit about him. This part of the meltdown was in the book, but this is where I have to comment on Sandy and Raphael.

As I said earlier, they left production before it finished. Sandy had left right before the sex scenes were shot, but in the movie he's there. Raphael left, I keep bringing that up. When he left though, crew members walked off with him. Apparently it's a standard practice where if a respected DP leaves a shoot, the crew follows suit. Tommy lost his shit because of this, yelling at the crew, by this point Raphael said his goodbyes and left. It was during this temper tantrum that Tommy revealed Marcus had been filming everyone all the time. People felt uneasy about it, as was the case here, but actually nobody was all “You were spying on us!” Raphael in this movie did, but Tommy threatened to fire people if they talk more shit about him again. The truth is the crew still wanted to walk off and be paid for their services. Tommy refused, Greg had to save the day, so he went to Tommy's Los Angeles apartment, snatched a bunch of checks and wrote them all out to the crew and Tommy had to sign them. He angrily signed his name on all the checks, and with that, a new DP had to be recruited, and a new crew had to come in. Again, this was all from the book. The movie gives the impression that people feared for their jobs here, but in reality, Tommy made a habit out of firing people, and other people quitting, so, it was just really chaotic and nasty throughout production. This movie makes it seem like that chaos was in isolated incidents. They didn't shy away from conveying that, but in hindsight, they didn't show that this crap happened almost all the time. Regardless, pulling no punches in the end, I'm fine with what they did. Back to this movie, Tommy said he'd give Raphael one more chance, and at the end of the whole scene, Rogen, funny again said “Take 3's up.” Yeah I guess. Oh, actually the final words were from Tommy, “Make sure you see my ass.” Uhhhh, okay. Overall, fantastic scene, even though it's not completely accurate to the book, it still showed what horrible days on The Room's production was like.

I should've just used the terms “canon” and “non-canon” at the beginning. This is non-canon, Greg and Amber packing up and moving out. Before leaving, Greg sees Tommy as he is re-dying his hair black. Oh yeah, if it wasn't obvious, Tommy's black hair is a dye-job, his natural color is “chestnut brown,” as the book stated. He was too busy dying his hair and looking at his arm muscles to really talk things out with Greg. The part where he admired his muscles, saying he looked like a big strong kid is based on what Tommy said during production. It was when he watched the scene back of his character Johnny, Mark, Denny, and Mike playing football in the alley. Tommy went sleeveless for that scene, so the guns were out in full effect there. Anyways, Greg leaves, little dramatic music plays, over and done with.

A really funny moment where after Amy and Sofowa walk by Tommy's private bathroom, complaining about the lack of water, Raphael exits that spot! Cheeky bastard snuck in a bathroom break there. This transitions to the shooting of the scene where Claudette tells Lisa that she has breast cancer, but that's so secondary to their conversation about men and Johnny and other shit. Tommy was always late to the set, for about 4 hours, and the production always started at 8AM. He'd arrive on set past noon, and most of the time Greg drove him to the set. This is from the book, in the movie they do keep that up, as here, he is not on set at first. It's a really hot day, there's no water on set, Juliette and Carolyn are rehearsing their scene, Greg is sitting with them, he's fanning them. I should mention that they once again nailed the set of The Room, this living room section here looks just like the one in The Room, props to them for that. Anyways, Tommy arrives, he said he was “getting ready for acting,” now that he lives alone in his apartment now. Right, Carolyn asked Tommy if the breast cancer angle comes back. Tommy said it doesn't, “it's twist.” He said he has no time to explain this script business, he asks why her makeup looks like she's swimming in lake. It's the heat, but he's oblivious to that, calling for makeup to be done. Big difference from the book, Tommy never ever shouted at Carolyn Minnott, he was always considerate with her. So believe it or not, this little moment is out of character. Still, they maintain the overall dictator attitude, Greg and Juliette complain about needing water, and this is where Tommy does the little speech about nobody in Hollywood would give you water. Tommy suggested Greg should buy the water, or his girlfriend.

Now, going back to this scene, it dawned on me that a major source of Tommy turning into an asshole on set, according to this movie was his jealously and resentment of Greg's relationship with Amber, and feeling like their friendship is crumbling. This is really not true according to the book. To put it simply, Tommy just has asshole tendencies, he can be a real dick to people, and put in a collaborative medium like making a movie, and refusing to collaborate, that is conducive to being an asshole. Tommy's auteur mentality verges into that spiteful territory, and that's just him being controlling, micromanaging everything. Yes the stress of all these hats he chose to wear is a factor, and yes there is a retaliation from him after seeing footage daily of people insulting him, the movie touches on these, but to me the biggest factor is twisted to fit more into this apparent jealousy angle, which the book didn't have. I said earlier that there was jealousy, but it was more towards Greg's early success in Hollywood, booking a movie, going to auditions regularly, having an agent, all that. It never involved Amber, this was all before he even met Amber. In fact, and I don't think I made this clear, Greg met Amber after Tommy disappeared for 9 months, when he returned, Amber had never met the man. It's a shame they didn't work in the more realistic reasons behind Tommy's attitude during production, but again, they maintain the general spirit. Different causes, same effect, let's put it that way.

Oh, another detail I should've mentioned, Tommy's white hat, as Greg describes in the book as the “Gilligan hat,” has an American flag stitched onto it. Hey, he's all-American guy. And yes, I deliberately leave out the “an.” I have to talk like Tommy sometimes. That's another cool detail this movie nailed down, the Gilligan hat. Back to the movie, Raphael and Tommy have another argument, with the former pointing out that he's late to shoot everyday. Tommy simply said “I'm director.” He then tells Raphael to do his job, be professional, turn on the lights, Raphael refuses, saying Tommy has to do his job as director, take care of your damn actors. Actually, these words Raphael said were basically what was said to Tommy by Graham Futerfas, who was the second DP after Raphael left. Graham and everyone else suffered from the heat, and people wanted an air conditioner, like in this movie. Tommy did buy one, but it broke down immediately. Things shifted towards complaining about needing a new generator. Without a generator, crew guys had to charge up their equipment, slowing down the shooting process and making their days longer. Graham suggested a place for Tommy to get a generator, and Tommy agreed to do this. He didn't do it, Graham called him out on it, Tommy tried to lie and said that no generator was available. Graham had called during the weekend about a generator, and he was assured that they had plenty available. So Graham then called him out on lying, and after more heated words, Graham walked off, and the crew he brought with him left too. So, DP number 3 came in, and a third crew had to be recruited. Chapter 11, this is my favorite chapter in the book, and that chapter also included Raphael leaving, so that one chapter really showed the nastiest side of Tommy during the production of The Room. Chapter 10 showed the nastiest side of Tommy before production, that in itself is a long story, this movie of course didn't touch upon it. Basically, Greg and Tommy had an epic falling out, Tommy broke off the friendship, Greg bolts from his car as they were riding together, Tommy drives to Greg and pleads for him to come back to the car, all is well. Yeah, just nasty stuff, I only gave a Cliff's Notes version. Oh and Chapter 9 was the “You are tearing me apart Lisa” shooting, that included Tommy burying Juliette over her back acne. So you have 3 chapters showing how horrible Tommy can be as a human being. Because this movie is linear, it basically builds up to this nasty side, whereas the book has the freedom to do whatever it wants to share this info. So, again, I'm forgiving. Going back to this movie, more heated words in a heated set come out, and it leads to Carolyn passing out. I won't sugarcoat it, that fainting looked pretty fake to me, almost as fake as Dave Franco's beard. Ah well, this did happen, Carolyn did pass out from the heat, and Greg escorted her to Cedars-Sinai. The difference though, in this movie she passes out while rehearsing for the breast cancer scene. In the book, she passed out while shooting a scene between her and Juliette that is later in the film. The same old shit, men are evil, Lisa needs to stay with Johnny, blah blah blah. She apparently passed out after delivering the line “If you think I'm tired today, wait until you see me tomorrow.” Yeah, wow. This was during the Graham Era by the way.

Now this is really something, how this plays out in the movie is actually worse than what the book described. So as the book explains, when Carolyn passed out, Tommy was really concerned, but in his mind, the word “liability” was floating around. It was like he feared he would be sued by this. That's kind of cold. I feel like it's a bit colder here. Tommy was all “What? She faint?” Then he said she didn't pass out from the heat, she passed out because “she's old lady.” Jeez man! People rushed to Carolyn, Sandy ordered for the lights to turn off, let's all have a lunch break, somebody get a medic. At this point, Carolyn regained consciousness. They did tone that down, not having Carolyn be taken to the hospital, as the book said, but man, Tommy just walked off without saying anything. He showed little to no concern here, whereas in the book, Tommy showed concern, but for a shady reason, one can assume. Because of that, this is probably the only instance where the movie made Tommy look worse than he was portrayed in the book. Otherwise, the movie tones down Tommy's bad side, but again, still doesn't pull punches when it comes time to deliver. For this exaggeration, I'm going to give a little clapping session, it's probably the biggest depiction of Tommy's cold and evil side. Despite it being exaggerated from the book by a bit, it still had such an impact. That being said, fun fact, in the book when Graham walked off, Tommy followed him around, insulting him, even using the term, and I quote, “sissy faggot.” Yeah, he said that. Now, I believe this since Tommy isn't one for political correctness, he says Denny's “retarded,” to this day, he has not changed that wording. People laugh at it, but man where are the social justice warriors here? With the things Tommy has done and said, 15 years after The Room's initial release, it's kind of surprising he hasn't been called out for his misdeeds by keyboard warriors. Ah well. Anyways, really dramatic scene, well done.

A scene not in the book, but I think really nice is this lunch break. Sitting at one table are the actors, minus Tommy and Dan (he only had one scene and after waiting on set for days under Tommy's implication that he would be used again, Dan was gone). Carolyn assures she's fine, just had not been sleeping. Through Greg questioning why Carolyn has committed to this, it serves as partially an adaptation of Carolyn's backstory. Greg mentioned that Carolyn had a full family, husband, kids, all that. She tried to get into acting before all that happened, but when she had a family, she slowed down. When they were old enough to go to college, she tried acting again, booked some small parts, including, fun fact again, some kind of short or whatever made by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (the creators of South Park). Then, she found an advertisement for The Room on Backstage West and booked the role. She would make the 2 hour round trip drive everyday, and she was 64 at the time. A true pro, Greg gave some shine to her in the book. So that's adapted in this scene, Greg asking why, and though these words are not in the book, they are pretty powerful. She said that they're actors, and that the “worst day on a movie set is better than the best day anywhere else.” If only someone can take that quote and put it on a plaque, and sell it to actors, that's a really good line. The scene continues, Phillip asked Greg what the movie is about, and then Robyn proceeds to answer this question, saying it's autobiographical. Again, this conversation was not in the book, but it serves as exposition from the book. While these words aren't exact, they stem from Greg's interpretation of The Room after reading the script in 2001. Now what Robyn says, Denny is like a kid brother figure Tommy had in the past, there was a Mark in Tommy's life, that Tommy was jealous of. Oh yeah, I wonder who was that? Kind of missed the boat on this part, they should've cut to Greg's reaction to that, it would let the audience know that Mark was definitely based on Greg Sestero, Tommy's interpretation of him. That is true, in the book, Greg described that Mark had lines in the original script that were basically Tommy-altered versions of things Greg actually said in past conversations. Anyways, despite the lack of a camera shot close-up of Greg's face, anyone can guess the Mark is based on Greg. Juliette then asked if there was a Lisa in Tommy's life that broke his heart and stabbed him in the back. Robyn said that it's pretty obvious. Yeah, it really is obvious, and this falls into Tommy's origin story, which the movie does not touch on. I explained why already, this review is so long that I feel I have to repeat myself. Tommy's origin story shared in Greg's book is drawn from what Tommy himself said, and since he has the habit of lying and exaggerating things, it's hard to tell what his origin story actually is. Despite that, anyone can guess correctly that at one point in his life, Tommy had a girl and it got ugly. In the book, this relationship was described. Her name was never mentioned, maybe Greg doesn't even know her name. This relationship started after Greg arrived in San Francisco. Actually, in The Room, there is a scene where Johnny talks about how he met Lisa, and this was definitely very autobiographical. Going from that and matching it up with what the book said, Tommy met this woman while he was waiting tables at a restaurant. He was stunned by her beauty, and they went on the first date, where she paid for the meal. That's where the movie leaves off. Using now just the book as the source, eventually Tommy and her move out to a nice house in San Francisco as Tommy starts to make some serious money selling toy birds and yo-yos to people walking by, especially tourists. He buys her roses, for her birthday he gives her a toy bird. Later on, he would give her a $1500 platinum diamond engagement ring. Tommy is extremely happy and loving life for the first time in his life until the girl “betrayed” him, “multiple times.” He doesn't use the word “cheating,” in fact that word isn't used in The Room, much like the word “fiance” isn't used. There's a theory about why “fiance” isn't used, but I think Tommy simply didn't know what “cheating” meant, so he just used the word “betray.” In The Room, he did say that Lisa hasn't been “loyal” to him, so basically any word used except “cheating.” Back to the fiance theory, it's based on the fact that he knows French. Tommy lived in France for a considerable amount of time, but at the time he kept that detail private, and refused to talk in French, nor did he want people to know that he knew the language. This probably stems from a hatred of France based on trauma he suffered there, which the book does detail a certain incident with French-German Alsatian cops, which also was a source for his hatred of Germany. Since “fiance” is a word rooted in France, Tommy probably knew that and just backed away from using it. Instead we get the awkward term “future wife” and “future husband.” Damn, I rambled, but yeah, so Tommy did have a Lisa in his life. The breakup from that devastated him, and he retreated to the city area of San Francisco, instead of the suburbs, and he plowed away trying to make a living. So yeah, I really liked this scene, it's the only major scene for Robyn anyways, so I'm glad it was included.

Now, this scene gets the most criticism, for good reason. This was pure fiction, and James Franco himself admitted it. Unfortunately people who haven't read the book, will, and already have, asked about this scene, if it actually happened. NO! This never happened. Greg and Amber spot Bryan Cranston, cameo time! They're at Canter's on Fairfax (a place Tommy and Greg did actually eat at, as described in the book), they spot Cranston at the counter, checking out his purchases. Greg is stunned at this encounter, turns out Amber knows him from Pilates. Uhm, okay, Cranston does Pilates. Remember, this is 2002, so pre-Breaking Bad, but during Cranston's Malcolm in the Middle days, as Greg pointed out his starring role in that show. Amber initiates conversation, introduces Greg to the man, Greg is very nervous, but mentions that he's working on a movie, but very willing to do TV shows. Cranston is set to direct an episode of Malcolm in the Middle, there's a scene where the boys get lost and meet a lumberjack. They're having trouble getting someone for the lumberjack role, and he asks if Greg is up for it, Cranston willing to give the kid a break. It's kind of maddening because he pointed out Greg's beard, implying Greg has a lumberjack look. Uhh, actual Greg Sestero with a beard, sure. Dave Franco with a fake beard? HELL NO! Such bullshit, Greg accepts this opportunity, and that's it. I am down with Cranston, don't get me wrong, it's nice to see him, but this shit didn't actually happen. James Franco's explanation was that he just imagined a scenario where Greg would take a break from The Room to do Malcolm in the Middle, and since he got to know Cranston from working with him on “Why Him?” he just wanted to bring the man in for a cameo. You son of a bitch! The fact people now will, and again, have asked about the legitimacy of this scene, its existence bothers me. If people just doubted immediately that it's fake, then I wouldn't mind it as much, but hey, “based on a true story,” people will think a lot of the material is real, including this. Us fans of The Room and The Disaster Artist book now carry the burden of spoiling this magic. I repeat, this DID NOT happen, James Franco wanted to shoehorn good ol' Cranston. Sigh. The scene's good actually, but my judgement is kind of clouded because of the effect this scene has already had on people's understanding of the story.

It gets worse because this angle melts into The Room's production. Going now to day 52 of 40, which is so damn hilarious, showing that the movie's production time had ballooned for many reasons, this is Johnny's meltdown after Lisa leaves him. This is at the very end of the movie, Johnny nonchalantly tears through his bedroom, and Franco emulated that which was so damn funny. Then here comes Johnny's last moment, the suicide. Ah, dramatic, tragic...until Tommy groans and gets his hands on Lisa's red dress. Wait a minute, what? Oh yes, he takes that red dress, and writhes around with it. Sandy said cut, saying that if he's going to writhe around with the dress, maybe do it before blowing his brains out. Tommy, “I disagree.” HA! That's in the trailer, a pure trailer moment, but very funny. On top of the laughs comes something deeply disturbing, Tommy puts that red dress on his crotch, and dry humps it! Juliette reacted, saying she wanted to keep that dress. Too bad, you can't have it now that it has been on Tommy's crotch. Again, dry humping, he's clothed, but still, crotch. Tommy then gets the gun back, wanting to redo the suicide. So that happened, and I have to say that Franco really nailed down Tommy's...acting in this. The movements, how he trashed the room, humped the dress, and even how he acted out the suicide are very precise to what Tommy did. It's weird to compliment him on this considering what the actions were, but there you go. So, time to reference the book again. This is all pretty accurate, except that again, Raphael was long gone by this point, and Sandy had abandoned ship too. Johnny's suicide was one of the final scenes shot, and Sandy had left specifically after shooting the “Leave your stupid comments in your pocket scene.” To be specific, the scenes Sandy was not a part of: the sex scenes, Johnny's trashing of his bedroom and living room, Mark's extra sex scene with Lisa in the bedroom, the suicide, and again, the San Francisco second unit. Actually, this movie does make it clear that Sandy and Raphael were not part of that second unit. A very memorable scene...for weird reasons, knowing that for the most part, this did actually happen.

It does continue with Greg complimenting Tommy on his performance in that scene, buttering him up before asking if he can hold off shaving his beard, and if he can have a day off tomorrow. As this movie said apparently, the beard shaving was scripted and planned in advance. Greg explains his situation, Tommy doesn't really understand it (he thinks going from movie to TV acting doesn't make sense). Tommy turns this down, saying he can't give Greg “special treatment” which is silly because it really is one day. Compared to how they'd take ages to film one scene, which is because of Tommy, this is an easy favor to fulfill. Tommy though goes into a spiel about how he did this whole movie for Greg, for them, wrote the character of Mark for him, don't betray Tommy. Kind of guilt tripping, but he said it's Greg decision on whether he should stay on and shave the beard or do this “little Malcolm” thing. Amber leaves the set, apparently she was on it. Fact: she was never on set, I don't think Tommy would've allowed it, but there she was in this movie. She couldn't believe Greg had to think about this. So, what was his decision? Screw Malcolm in the Middle, he went ahead and had his beard shaved, with Tommy right behind him witnessing this! Now, that shaving is accurate to the book, though the movie doesn't have Tommy direct the shaving out loud, which he did in the book. That's all fine, but seeing as this involved the Malcolm in the Middle angle, there is immediate, indisputable bullshit about this. So, story time, I'll share what really happened.

The shaving was not in the script, Greg wanted to keep his beard, growing attached to it. Amber hated the beard, and look here, she doesn't mind it at all in this movie, another major difference that just dawned on me. When it came time to shoot the infamous tuxedo football scene (which wasn't in the original script, Tommy added that during production), Tommy informed Greg that he would have to shave his beard, saying that his entrance in the scene, clean shaven, would be “a moment.” Now the movie does mention that as being the reason for the shaving, but again it's fundamentally different from the book because it's made out to be scripted here. Greg did argue with Tommy about not shaving the beard, but not because of this Malcolm in the Middle crap, but just because he didn't want to. Why complicate the matter? Just to get Bryan Cranston involved? Ugh. He also explained that he felt like a different person with the beard, and that he kind of had an “anonymity strategy,” where the beard would basically hide him. Greg mostly keeps himself clean shaven, but the beard came about mostly because he was worn out from the long casting process for The Room. In the movie adaptation of Greg's book, remember that the casting process is really sped up, only focusing on the Lisa casting. Actually, aside, Juliette Danielle originally won the role of Michelle, the original Lisa was a Latina woman. Tommy fired her after this woman demanded a more firm contract, as she was not getting paid for call times and principal photography hadn't started yet. With this opening, Juliette auditioned for the Lisa role, and something I should've brought up during the movie's depiction of her auditioning, is that Juliette actually made out with Tommy. This was part of the auditioning, basically Tommy, if he got the actresses far enough into auditions, would make out with them. The problem is that when this became known to the women, they bailed, and that's after other ladies bailed when they learned of Tommy's harsh auditioning process (“Your sister just died.” “Your sister just became lesbian.” He would emotionally shove actresses into acting out scenes.). Apparently it's standard movie practice to not really make out so long during auditioning, but Tommy didn't agree to that. With that, Juliette got the part, she was the only woman willing to take Tommy's harsh treatment and direction. A real trooper and unsung hero of The Room. Anyways! So Greg did stop and think that if he shaved the beard, Amber would be pleasantly surprised. Oh, get this, Amber was actually in San Diego during this particular time in production, which was September 2002. See? She simply was never on set, if she was, Greg surely would've mentioned that in the book, and judging by how she describes her feelings towards The Room, Tommy, and even Greg, there's no way she would've wanted to be on set. So basically, Greg caved in for Amber, but after being nagged on so hard by Tommy. That is not only funnier, but still maintains the character of Tommy being so controlling of Greg. All without writing some silly Bryan Cranston cameo. Also, going back to the scene in The Disaster Artist movie, Marcus is missing from it. In the book, Marcus was there during the shaving session, recording it. Greg didn't know why Tommy really wanted this clean shaven Mark entrance until in one take, he called him “babyface.” That was the real life nickname Tommy gave to Greg, and that was not a scripted line, again this scene was made up during production. This line too was only in one take, and that wound up being used in The Room, that's why everyone can see and hear it.

Getting back to this movie, props to them acting out the acting out of this tuxedo scene. It's very accurate to The Room. I did like the presence of the boom mic. Just to be clear, there is no boom mic cameo in The Room. The scene goes off without a hitch, they wrap for the day, but Tommy called for Sandy and Raphael, end scene. I actually didn't get it at first that this meant Tommy fired Sandy and Raphael. I thought it was the last day of shooting The Room, as I misheard Sandy, thinking that when he suggested in the background they go celebrate at a bar and forget the shooting, it meant the whole production. He actually said “forget this day,” so he meant that particular shooting day. So, yeah, my mistake, Tommy fired Sandy and Raphael. Once again, in the book, they both quit. Actually, to explain Sandy quitting, he had a job offer on a project with Janusz Kaminski, best known as Steven Spielberg's Director of Photography, still working with the man. He has 2 Oscars to his name, for Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List. When Sandy told Tommy of this, he didn't give a crap, and said “If you leave, don't come back.” Well, he left, and as Greg said, in quoting Sandy, the decision was easy, remember the sex scenes were close to being shot: “Tommy's naked ass or Spielberg's Director of Photography.” Easy decision making.

But yeah, this movie, Sandy and Raphael are fired. This is not explicitly said, but when Tommy rolled up in a van with some people, and Greg asked if he fired them, Tommy responded with “Who's to say?” So, yeah, he fired them. Those people by the way, in the movie, Tommy only names a “Todd,” and the rest of them are Todd's friends supposedly. Well...I'll use the book to name these guys. Todd Barron, who was actually the third Director of Photography, after Graham's departure, he came up to Tommy and said he could be the DP. Tommy hired him on the spot. Todd's camera assistant, Joe Pacella, and last but not least, Zsolt Magyar, the sound guy. Not named in the movie, but in the book, he's the big reason why the sound recording during production was horrible, his inexperience and such. More fun facts, they didn't ride in a van actually. The Room had finished production on Birns & Sawyer after Bill Muerer demanded that they would be done, he simply had enough, and the production had gone on for about 4 months, it was time to go. After that, Tommy went back to Birns & Sawyer to buy more cameras and equipment, gearing up for this second unit adventure. It was time for Greg to get the new car Tommy promised to buy for him. However, Tommy would do this if Greg agreed to let him pick the car, and that Greg had to come with him to San Francisco for the second unit stuff. Greg agreed at least to the latter non-reluctantly, because he saw this as a way to decompress and finally relax as this movie was close to being finished. After some major hangups on Tommy's end with one car dealership (he refused to show his identification to the salesman), Tommy picked out an SUV at a seedier dealership. Why an SUV? To carry the newly purchased camera equipment, cheeky bastard. Even when Greg gets a gift, Tommy is very controlling of that, it has to be about him. Now, when Greg rolled up to Amber's home with this new SUV, he thought this would add a spark to their fading relationship. Well, not so much, and on a dinner date, Amber broke down crying, saying she can't do this anymore. Greg was dumped, again this is all from the book. Later in the movie, Greg simply tells Tommy that they broke up, that dumping scene was never shown. To me that's so weird. They spotlight their relationship moreso than the book does, and one of the most important scenes in their relationship, the ending, which is in the book, is not in this movie? It's such a strange creative choice. I do wonder if it's a deleted scene, and I know for sure there are deleted scenes, though I'm not sure if they will be on the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of the movie.

Going back to the book, after Greg gets dumped by Amber, he has to go to Tommy's apartment to help load up the SUV and ride to San Francisco. When he enters his home, he looks emotionally broken, for good reason. Tommy though proves to suck at cheering him up, taking pictures of Greg with a newly purchased still camera. Actually to be more clear, Greg never said in the book that Amber dumped him, he said to Tommy “Amber and I just broke up.” I just gathered that she dumped him since she's last described as breaking down crying and saying that she can't do this anymore. I just assumed she said after that, “It's over.” Anyways, Tommy waved this off saying he will get plenty of girls and she will be jealous. Yeah, it's that simple. Tommy then thought of a brilliant idea, let's shoot scenes in San Francisco, using this breakup as fuel for dialogue. Greg didn't want to do this, but Tommy insisted, went to get his laptop, and had Greg type out this new dialogue. He reluctantly did, saying he did not like what he was typing, but he did it. Now while this wasn't depicted in the movie, the same general feeling is there, even though in this movie's timeline, it predates Greg and Amber no longer being an item. Greg simply doesn't look happy as they head off to San Francisco.

It's made worse when Tommy tried to set up this football throwing scene (wardrobe on point again!), saying that Greg has to pull from his struggles in Hollywood to convey Mark's own emotions. This is not really accurate to the book, as I mentioned earlier, Tommy wanted Greg to pull from his breakup, but not in the football throwing scene, but in the coffee shop scene. Regardless, this change from the book is decent since it finally brings this “down” period of Tommy and Greg's friendship to the very bottom. After Greg had enough of Tommy's pep talk/burial of Greg, he just unloads on the man. Funny thing, Greg throws the football at Tommy aggressively, as if to hit him at the legs. Tommy responded with “Dammit why you throw this tricky stuff.” Tommy did actually say that in the book! During the football scene, but it was because he felt Greg was throwing the football badly. He wasn't, Tommy just sucks at catching the ball. Back to the movie, Greg flipped this acting tactic on Tommy, asking him where he's from, where did the money come from, and how old he is. As Greg mentioned in the book at one point, the first and third question are the forbidden ones. Greg was all “You're a villain, Frankenstein looking motherfucker,” and that's when they wrestle. I do like that Greg struck a nerve with “villain,” as Tommy earlier in the movie felt offended by Bob Odenkirk saying Tommy's a natural villain. While this wasn't in the book, I do like how basically they created their own canon with this, that “villain” is offensive to Tommy. By the way, he did play a villain in Samurai Cop 2. I think so at least, I still haven't watched the movie. These words instigate the tackling that was in The Room. The truth is, the tackling didn't come from this. Hollywood treatment, but through the freedom of literature, Greg told it like it is. So, what actually caused the tackle? After Tommy kept failing to catch the ball, Greg said “Catch this” in French, and gave the softest possible throw to the man. Tommy was then angry, saying “No French! No French words dammit!” As said earlier, Tommy didn't want people to know he spoke French, or really any language other than English, and with that, he was strongly opposed to the idea of foreign languages being in his American drama. So, he retaliated, tackling Greg. Not knowing the backstory, it just looks like the tackle was playful. You do see Greg smile at one point from this, but now it's evident that he smiled because he struck a nerve with Tommy and got tackled for it. Greg doesn't really explain why he pulled that, but I just like to think he did it on purpose to upset Tommy. Finally some intentional payback for all the shit he put Greg through during production of The Room. If you watch the scene too, the audio is clearly just dubbing, they didn't actually have dialogue during this scene, thus the dubbing was so badly placed, it didn't need to be there at all, classic though.

Back to the movie, the wrestling stopped, with Greg saying his words, Tommy saying his, specifically “You owe me your life,” to which Greg walked off, saying “I don't owe you shit anymore.” Though the tone is dramatic, it is based on something Greg said in the book when they were driving to San Francisco for the second unit stuff, “My debt to Tommy was paid.” Yeah, which in this movie means he doesn't owe Tommy shit anymore. After Greg leaves, Tommy says to cut it, “Movie over.” There you have it. However, back to the book, the actual final scene that was shot was the flower shop scene, and that's such a funny story since Tommy was buzzed on Red Bull and really annoyed Todd Barron (who was never ever annoyed by Tommy before this) on his camera related demands. Tommy did the scene a couple times, the “Hi dogeee” was ad-libbed, and as Greg said, and I agree, it was the most candid moment in the movie, and a true example of Tommy's more loving side. Then Tommy asked the flower shop owner that he paid $20 to use her location and have her “act” in the movie if the dog was “real thing.” She was stunned at that question, but she assured Tommy that her dog was real. They ran the scene one more time, and filming officially wrapped. They celebrated at a restaurant called “Tommy's Joint.” Yes...that was the name! Fuck man, that should've been in this movie, but ah well. Now, with this version of the end of filming, cut to black.

Eight months later, Greg is seen doing Death of a Salesman at the NoHo Art Center. One can pass this scene off easily, but thinking about it, I think there's a reason for this particular performance being shown. Greg is saying lines about being stuck in an office, questioning why he is not “out there,” and instead feeling like he's making a fool of himself. I believe this was symbolism by the movie, adapting Chapter 14, which featured Tommy disappearing for those 9 months. Greg had pretty much given up on acting and got into doing retail jobs, making some good money at one point. This was when he met Amber, and they started dating. With this new life, he put acting to bed, his agent Iris Burton had retired too. Greg did express that he was living a life that he felt didn't fit, this wasn't the dream life. Despite the job security, living things normally, his dream was still buried deep underneath. I believe that Neustadter and Weber wrote this scene to let those who read the book to draw parallels between this acting in Death of a Salesman, to what happened in Chapter 14. The Blu-ray/DVD will have audio commentary featuring the writers, James and Dave Franco, Greg Sestero and...yes, Tommy Wiseau! I'm very curious on what will be said about this little scene.

Greg is on the phone with his mom, who is happy about the play Greg booked. Hmm, not sure if that's consistent with the book, because Greg's mom made it clear that she is not a fan of Hollywood. Granted, this wasn't Hollywood acting, it's just a play, so, errr, okay I'll let it slide. Anyways, Greg is driving during this conversation and stops the car to gaze up at the infamous billboard advertising The Room. Tommy had a billboard advertising the movie with an RSVP number (Tommy's home phone number at the time, which still works! Call it if you want Tommy to personally invite you to a screening of the movie, 323-654-6192.) and kept it up for 5 years! Nobody else would do that, Tommy Wiseau ladies and gentlemen! It's funny to see Franco's face as Tommy on the billboard and on the RSVP card that was sent to Greg in the next scene. It's a great emulation of Tommy's mug: pursed lips, cold dead stare, it's actually a headshot Tommy somehow loved.

8 months of not speaking, Greg sees Tommy outside the NoHo Art Center. They talk, this was when Greg mentioned that him and Amber broke up. Tommy's reason for seeing Greg was because he didn't RSVP. Greg said he won't go, and that Tommy really shouldn't have a premiere of The Room at all. Tommy though said they made a pact, to never lose sight of their dreams. They're going to premiere “our” movie. This is interesting because the real life Tommy would be all “MY” movie. Don't worry it gets a bit touching at the end. Tommy gives some encouragement, don't see the movie for Tommy, do it for himself, finally see himself on the big screen. By the way, going back to Retro Puppet Master, that shit went straight to video, so Greg couldn't see himself on the big screen with that one. Now that I bring that up, there were in fact scenes of Greg that were cut out, showing more of his Hollywood journey during the first couple months since moving to Los Angeles. One of the scenes featured him getting the role of Andre Toulon in Retro Puppet Master. Fun fact, James Franco actually auditioned for that role before Greg! Full fucking circle! Greg nailed the role because of his ability to speak in a fluent French accent, remember his mom is French-Sicilian. A really neat thing about this section is the actual director of Retro Puppet Master does appear in this movie, playing himself, David Decoteau. I really wished this wasn't cut out, but I do hope they have deleted scenes on the physical media and that is included.

It's the big day, June 27, 2003: the world premiere of The Room. Tommy picks up Greg in a limousine, both are wearing tuxedos. Although not said here, in the book, Greg said he wore the same tuxedo in the infamous tuxedo football scene, which was baggy, but it was his only black tie attire at the time. Greg is still reluctant at this, they're riding in a limo filled with empty Red Bull cans with straws, and boxes with pictures of The Room's promotional posters stamped on them. The boxes themselves are filled with merchandise related to The Room. The limo windows all have posters of the movie taped to them, Tommy is a marketing wizard here. This ride is all accurate to the book, including Tommy telling the driver to not stop and to go around the block. He said they needed to build up the anticipation. What's left out from the book is that Tommy invited two women to ride with him and Greg. Karen is one of them, the widow of Stanley Kramer, who directed “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,” and gave Marlon Brando his first film role in “The Men.” Her daughter was the other one of the pair, Kat (named after her godmother, Katharine Hepburn). Think about it, Tommy loves Marlon Brando, him and Dean are his top actors. So, the wife and daughter of the man who gave Brando his big break in Hollywood, coincidence? This movie doesn't really demonstrate Tommy's love of Brando, rather just James Dean, but there was an opening, with Tommy acting out the “Stella!” scene but ah well. Actually, Greg wasn't really reluctant in the book, he was fully anticipating this moment, going along for the ride. Also to give more facts from the book, Greg did speak with Tommy a bit during that 8 month period between the end of filming and the night of the premiere. This was through Greg coming in to do ADR, remember the movie's troublesome sound recording, which The Disaster Artist movie didn't really talk about at all unfortunately. Greg couldn't really keep in contact with Tommy as the man was busy with post-production (dubbing and then battling with his editor over what not to cut, which Tommy insisted that nothing would be cut, and he got his wish) and then promoting The Room in so many ways. Newspaper and local TV ads, the billboard, even going total grassroots in leaving postcards in every public place he went to. He even tried to get Paramount to distribute the movie. It normally takes 2 weeks for a studio to respond after you leave your movie at their door so to speak, but Tommy was called back within 24 hours! HAHA! As Tommy said in response, “Well, they lost. I just do myself.” He did do himself, also renting out the Laemmle Theater on Fairfax to keep the movie playing for 2 weeks. Why that length of time? Having a movie play for 2 weeks is a prerequisite for all movies submitted to the Academy Awards, which was always Tommy's stated goal. He also hired a publicist, Ed Lozzi. I guess he appeared in this movie, as the man who introduced Tommy to the stage in the theater before screening The Room. It's just that the person playing him looked pretty skinny, and in the book, Lozzi is described as a beefy man. I just assumed it was Lozzi based on this role as introducing Tommy, as well as wearing that snazzy blazer, though Greg describes the wardrobe as a “tan sport coat.” One more thing about Kat and Karen, the former shared a story with Greg during the ride to the theater that she introduced Tommy to Robert De Niro and Faye Dunaway, and she thought Tommy didn't know who they were! Haha, Tommy is a big Hollywood guy now, he has no time to acknowledge other celebrities. It turned out that Kat took Tommy to an AFI tribute of Robert De Niro. How, when, where Tommy met Kat, Greg doesn't know, so I don't either.

Back to the movie, you do see after Tommy had the limo pass by the theater that Sandy and Raphael are there at the premiere. I'm not sure if Raphael did in fact attend the premiere. Sandy though, didn't, another difference from the book. Also, Kyle Vogt didn't attend too, neither of them were invited. Okay, another aside, from the onset of production, Kyle made it clear to Tommy that he had another project coming and that it had priority over The Room. Tommy assured Kyle that The Room would wrap before Kyle's other project started. It didn't, and Kyle really had to leave. Tommy took offense to this as Kyle blatantly trying to ruin his movie. Kyle's last scene, interestingly enough was the tuxedo football scene, where he ends up tripping over. I feel like that was Tommy's way of giving Kyle an embarrassing exit on his way out. Now this movie makes it look like Kyle didn't leave production, or a scene was cut out showing this departure to be in the movie. I don't know, and I gave that other scenario because during the premiere screening, they did show, among other scenes, Johnny and Mark fighting, with the former being pulled apart by some guys, one of them I assumed to be Steven. Now, who is Steven? He was played by a real character named Greg Ellery. Ellery replaced Kyle Vogt, getting lines that were originally written for Peter. The premiere scene would cut to the faces of the players involved with the movie, and Greg Ellery wasn't among them. Oh crap, looking at the IMDB cast list, there is no Greg Ellery, okay so they definitely made it look like Kyle Vogt didn't leave the production. I mean, the fact Kyle doesn't have a scene explaining his situation to Tommy says as much. Anyways, so Kyle and Sandy were not actually invited, as Tommy believed they abandoned him. Various members of Tommy's three crews made it to the premiere. The cast did, even Don, the original Mark, who of course isn't in this movie. He made some funny lines in the book, asking Greg about the women Tommy had with him, if they were escorts! Greg said he doesn't think so. When they were in the theater, Don also told Greg that he looked online, this movie would be on his IMDB page for the rest of his life. Greg just gave a courtesy laugh to him, Don went back to munching his popcorn. Family and friends of the cast and crew also attended the premiere, as well as people filed under “miscellaneous.” It turned out these random people were recruited by Ed Lozzi to fill up seats in the theater. That is definitely not mentioned in this movie, in fact, looking at the turnout, that theater did not look sold out. Greg didn't indicate in the book that the premiere sold out, as in was filled thanks to those people Lozzi recruited, so I don't know.

Back to Sandy, really good line by Rogen, “It would be fucking weird if he didn't do something that was fucking weird.” Damn right! This was in response to his limo passing by the theater, I should've mentioned this funny detail, Tommy had his window down partially, enough to poke his head through and survey the turnout in front of the theater, not liking it. After that ride around, Tommy agrees to exit the car. He and Tommy walk out, away they go to the theater. Seating, here Greg and Tommy are next to each other. The truth is they weren't, Greg took an aisle seat, and that was deliberate as he wanted to duck out during the sex scene. Sat next to his right was Kat, and next to Kat was Tommy. So, she was in the middle of a Tommy and Greg sandwich. Ah well, since Kat isn't in this movie, it's not like you're going to have an empty chair between Tommy and Greg, so I'm fine with this change.

Tommy is introduced, again I think by Ed Lozzi, or just some nerdy looking goober. Tommy comes on stage and gives a little speech. “This my movie...and this my life.” Not exactly what Tommy said, he did properly use “is” and stuttered on “movie,” he was actually nervous. I'd say that's captured here in this movie though. This was foreign to Greg, according to his book, he never saw Tommy nervous. Given his personality and wanting to be the center of attention, this nervousness proved to be rather unique. Tommy then said “Be cool,” and that's it, time to watch the movie!

Actually wait, I have to say that what follows, wasn't in the book. Why? Because the book ended. Yeah, it closes with Tommy, following that little speech, going to Greg, putting his hand over his shoulder, saying “I'm happy you're here. I could never do project without you.” Tommy sat down, looked over at Greg with his sunglasses off, revealing the tears coming down his eyes. He turned back to the screen to watch his vision, his dream, literally come on the big screen. Greg took one final look at Tommy, and described seeing a vision of a child in Eastern Europe, peaking through a theater door to watch a movie, that being Tommy. “...But then the lights went down, and I couldn't see him anymore.” Those were the final words in the book. Wow, so powerful. Now that's not really recreated for this movie, Tommy wasn't crying, Greg didn't give a very potent, deep stare at Tommy. No time to convey that, because exclusive to this movie is the actual premiere screening. Greg left off on such a huge note, leaving readers to wonder what happened? Greg foreshadowed what would happen in Chapter 16. Tommy gave him a rough cut copy of The Room. This rough cut wasn't sound-synced and dubbed, didn't feature the San Francisco footage, nor was it instrumentally scored. Tommy had his editor, Eric Chase, piece together the movie as it was being filmed, and this was before Tommy went into post-production mode, this was right after they finished shooting the San Francisco footage. The movie doesn't inform the audience that Greg actually watched this rough cut with Tommy at his apartment, nor did it say that Greg was given the rough cut, and was encouraged to watch it with his family. That's right, Greg showed this to his family, and everyone laughed from beginning to end! He described his mom losing it when Tommy said “In a few minutes, bitch!” Greg's dad, a very quiet, good-hearted and restrained man, would be seen constantly taking off his glasses to wipe the tears from his eyes. I know the feeling! Greg's brother, oh yeah, not shown in the movie, not even mentioned, David, told Greg that he could retire off his movie. Could he? I guess so, he was paid handsomely by Tommy to act in the film, and he always came across as someone who saved his money, not being any kind of a spender. Also add he was probably paid some good coin for the life rights and the book rights. So back to the book, Greg's family laughed hysterically at the movie, and he said it was a great indication of what the movie would do at a larger scale. It stands to reason that in the premiere, people had that same reaction. When Greg was asked about the premiere in interviews, he'd be vague and say it went off just how you would expect. Well, I expected laughter, and that was delivered.

While I did propose the “Oh hai Mark” shooting scene as a candidate for best scene in the movie, and I'd also add the meltdown scenes with Tommy during production, as in the one during the sex scene, and the one where Carolyn passed out, as candidates. However, it comes back to a pro and con about the movie at the same time. The best scenes are the recreations of The Room. It's a pro because they fucking nailed it, the attention to detail, simulating everything from The Room as good as possible, to me that's the work of top class professionals. It's arguably a con though because it does undermine the value of the movie's actual story, which I'll sum up soon. Regardless, I lean towards pro, I loved the recreations. I'll list what was recreated.

  1. The opening, which featured the two Wiseau Films logo videos. The theater cut of the movie did feature those logo videos, which was hilarious, Tommy should've just stuck with one, but that's not how he rolls. Continuing on with the opening, you see Tommy riding along the trolley, and then him entering his home, saying “Hai babe!” Also with these recreations, they got the use of the score perfectly! Now, whole scenes aren't shown, they're skimmed through for this movie, but fuck it's still amazing. Jump to Lisa coming down the stairs wearing the infamous red dress. “I would do anything for my girl!” Enter Denny! Cut to Phillip being excited at his entrance to the movie. I have to say too, Ari Graynor did get the voice of Juliette too! Oh man, I'm just giddy talking about these recreations, sorry. Fucking Denny eating the apple! Cut to Phillip smiling at that, but looking around for approving faces and not getting them! Who would approve that? Denny's a weirdo. Continuing from this, they showed Denny jumping into Johnny and Lisa's pillow fight. “I just like to watch you guys.” Oh fuck. Cut to Peter saying that he doesn't like this, he's sat next to an open-mouth Bill. “Two's great, but three's a crowd, ha ha ha.” HAHA! Cut to Robyn asking Juliette what Denny's relation to Lisa and Johnny are. They're sat next to each other with Carolyn next to both of them.
  2. The first Johnny and Lisa sex scene is recreated! People reacted loudly to Johnny's ass being spotlighted, at this point Tommy is looking around, confused at these reactions. Greg is slumped in his chair with his hand over his mouth.
  3. The flower shop scene! I can't, I'm watching these again for the review and I'm crying with laughter already. The dogeee! Looking so similar to the one in the movie, both being pugs. The flower shop owner, holy cow her face during her delivery, I'm dying here! I think I'm laughing more than I did the first time watching these recreations. Fun fact, the blonde looking at cards near Johnny, that's the makeup artist. I'm not sure if it's Amy Von Brock, Greg doesn't say, it could very well be someone hired just for this day of shooting. I should mention that Amy, as portrayed in this movie, is a brunette. This woman is a blonde, so, I don't know, too many questions at that, let's back to the juicy stuff. When the flower shop owner said “Oh hey Johnny I didn't know it was you,” cut to Sandy asking, “Who doesn't recognize that guy?!” HAH!
  4. “I definitely have breast cancer.” Cut to Carolyn telling her husband that it never comes back up, she doesn't know why she said that. Cut to Dan Janjigian, again played by Zac Efron, asking Kyle who is sat next to him, “Is it just me or is this kind of bad?” Kyle's response, “Oh yeah it's bad.” Yes, and it's awesome.
  5. “You are my rose you are my rose you are my rose you are my rose!” I'm referring to Lisa and Mark's love scene on the spiral staircase, cut to Greg cringing! Cut to a random movie viewer making a really sour face! Juliette, “It's still going?” She's just done, and we're not even at the 30 minute mark. I will say that these scenes are not played in the correct order, for example this love scene comes before the flower shop scene, the breast cancer scene comes after all of those scenes. Still, I'm so entertained by this that I don't care.
  6. “You are tearing me apart Lisa!” Oh yeah, that's there, I couldn't get enough of Ari Graynor's face. Damn, if only she actually played Lisa, she just has that right face. It's a beautiful face, don't get me wrong, but with the right facial expressions, she could easily come off as a vicious harpie. People are seen laughing, including Phillip. Tommy though is not happy, he is starting to feel embarrassed.
  7. “Where's my fucking money Denny?!” The rooftop Chris-R scene, briefly shown as it transitioned to the part where Lisa and Claudette confront Denny, and the laughs are getting louder.
  8. Tuxedo football! Peter falls, clumsy guy!
  9. Oh the most famous scene. I did not hit her! The people roared with laughter at this one. I keep forgetting to say that they used green screen for the rooftop scenes, and used footage from the second unit adventure in San Francisco to go over the green screen. This kind of digital trickery was an epic fail, but is a major component of The Room's entertainment value. Back to the laughter, Greg was laughing at that! He did try to pull himself back quickly as he noticed Tommy looking at him, who by this point has tears in his eyes.
  10. “Don't touch me motherfucker, get out.” Johnny and Mark's second fight at the former's birthday party. Dave Franco took seemingly more of a knock to the head than Greg did when he was pushed back, still a genuine push by Tommy when shooting that scene. This scene also included “Cheep cheep cheep cheep cheep cheeeep.” Also, “I'm fed up with this whirl!”

Tommy had enough, so he left the room, and Greg goes to him. Tommy is still in tears, saying that despite opening his heart and soul, he feels those people hate him, including Greg. Greg tries to cheer him up, saying that it's his movie, he made that all by himself. Yeah it didn't turn out the way he intended, but listen. The laughter can be heard from outside that screening room, Greg shows Tommy that they are having so much fun, loving the movie. At this point the “Why Lisa why why?!” scene plays, the beginning of Johnny's epic meltdown, him trashing his apartment. Greg asked Tommy how often he thought Hitchcock got a response like that. Good question, but it's not like Hitchcock intended for laughs. Neither did Tommy, but as depicted here, Tommy rolls with it. He asked Greg why he helped him. “Because we're friends.” Would Greg actually say that? Hm, maybe. Considering that he did the movie for money, out of loyalty, feeling like he owed Tommy, one can argue that he didn't do it out of friendship. Then again, the fact loyalty did come into play, I mean, that's an aspect of friendship. Whatever the case, “God forgive me.” Dan said “Do it!” Even Juliette was chanting for it, as did the whole crowd. He did it, Johnny killed himself, everyone's roaring with laughter, the movie ends with Lisa, Mark, and Denny crying over Johnny's dead body, and the curtains close. Quite the storyboook ending, right?

But wait, there's more. Tommy enters the room with people chanting his name. Pausing at the right time, I noticed someone, perhaps a familiar face. One of the first people Tommy high-fives is a blonde man with glasses and a beard. I believe that's Michael Rousselet. He's part of 5 Second Films, little comedic group there. He has the distinction of being a patient zero fan of The Room. He and his buddy Scott Gairdner watched the movie during its initial 2 week run in Laemmle Theater after reading a blurb from a review, saying that watching the movie was like being stabbed in the head. They were sold, they loved the movie, they called upon their friends, fellow USC film students to watch the movie. With that, a cult was born. So, I'm really assuming he pops up, though not credited. Still, don't need to be credited when you're an extra.

Anyways, Tommy makes it on stage, plays to the crowd a bit, smiling, as he said he was glad that they all liked his “comedic movie,” as he intended. Now I'm not sure when Tommy rewrote history and started tagging the movie as a black comedy, it could've been as soon as he learned in this screening that people were laughing and loving the movie. He did run with it pretty quickly, generally speaking, for a few years running the movie in theaters for free, as the cult fanbase grew. The demand was high enough that Tommy put it out on DVD after a few years, and it just grew and grew. Back to Tommy's speech here, he said he could've never done the movie without his friend, pointing to Greg. He said “Come down here babyface.” He comes down, some final words from Tommy, with the actual last of them being “The Room.” No bullshit. Tommy and Greg are next to each other, embracing, as the movie fades to black, with some captions.

They just reiterate what I said, it was released in 1 theater on June 27, 2003, Tommy paid to keep it there for 2 weeks to qualify for the Academy Awards. Although exact figures remain confidential, its production budget supposedly was over $6 million. Fact, it only grossed $1800 during its 2 week run. What follows is actual footage of the man himself, Tommy Wiseau, playing football with fans outside a theater, posing for pictures, with a caption saying that the movie has since gained cult status and turned a profit, regularly playing to sold out midnight screenings around the world. Hell, this movie came out before the big news, the movie has now expanded to proper movie theater screenings. It started with a one night only event in January 10 of this year where it played nationwide for the first time, multiple theaters and stuff. The turnout for that was so great that now the movie has added more and more dates. It has just broke through the midnight screening barrier and is starting to get play in a regular movie theater fashion. To me, this makes my delaying of watching the movie all the more worth it. If I watched this on opening day in December 2017, I would not be able to say this particular information. I wouldn't be able to say that The Room has broken yet another shell in exposure, though it already did by this movie coming out in the first place. This movie adaptation of Greg's book is the one to thank for this, James Franco, everyone involved, ah man. I need to calm down, more footage is shown of Tommy and fans coming out to see the movie. Now, a caption says that nobody knows where Tommy is from, where he made his money, or how old he is. Considering this movie had been in the can for over a year, I'm guessing it didn't get edited to show that some info has been shared about Tommy's origins. At the same time, being a Tommy-endorsed product, if they shared what they believe and/or know, Tommy would've shat on all this.

Here's the deal, Greg knows how old Tommy is, and where he's from. He admitted in an interview that he withdrew at least his birthplace, wanting to maintain the mystery and mystique behind Tommy Wiseau. He is justified in this, saying that wondering about the man is more interesting than actually knowing the facts. In the book, Greg mentioned that his brother David's girlfriend at the time knew someone with state government connections. According to public record, Tommy Pierre Wiseau was born much earlier than 1968, which was the year Greg spotted one day when he just saw Tommy's driver's license left there on a table in their apartment. Now, if you analyze the book, Greg specifically mentioned Tommy being a kid when “101 Dalmatians” played in a theater in his hometown. During this origin story section, Greg refers to Tommy as first “T—-----” which shows that he deliberately censored Tommy's birth name. During the France portion of the story, the name becomes Pierre, and that carries over to moving to New Orleans. When he makes it to San Francisco, Pierre changes his name to “Thomas” and would go on to legally change it to “Thomas Pierre Wiseau.” “Wiseau” is actually “oiseau,” the French word for bird, with the O swapped out for the W in his birth name. Thomas Wiseau, Thomas Bird, Thomas The Birdman. “The Birdman” was a nickname given to him during his days selling toy birds. Going back to the 101 Dalmatians thing, the original movie came out in 1961, Greg described Tommy's birth country as being ravaged by World War 2, and Tommy being born some time after the death of Stalin. Joseph Stalin died in 1953, so there you have a good range, before 1968, after 1953, was a kid when 101 Dalmatians played in theaters, so narrow it down between 1953 and 1961. You can now google him and IMDB (not Wikipedia surprisingly) has his actual birthday and birthplace. Still, I'll give a spoiler warning, it's up to you if you want to know the truth.

SPOILER: Tommy was born on October 3, 1955. Hm, I thought it was October 13, but whatever. He was born in Poznan, Poland.

Now, this more recent info is attributed to the documentary, “Room Full of Spoons,” a movie Tommy doesn't want to be released and has since gone after it in a pretty nasty legal battle, that did lead to an injunction. The injunction was lifted a couple months ago, but the movie's release status is still up in the air. I definitely want to see that documentary, but let's focus back on The Disaster Artist.

Despite the info out there, I don't think there will ever be a detailed timeline of Tommy's finances. Basically, it may never be known how exactly he made his secret fortune. The book gives some clues, as well as questions. With that comes speculation, some of which include Tommy having mob ties, as he did work in a restaurant that had those ties when he first moved to San Francisco. There's Drew Caffrey, who Tommy is very vague about, only saying he was such a huge influence on him. Greg speculated if Caffrey front Tommy some money in order to construct a building. Yeah, it's a long story, but basically, Tommy owned several buildings dedicated to his clothing retail business, Street Fashions USA. He still owns one of the buildings, and it has a giant poster of The Room hanging! 555 Beach Street in San Francisco, California, that's the address, this is public information, I'm not invading privacy, it's home to a couple businesses, including a spy shop run by Frank Dux, the inspiration behind the movie “Bloodsport” with Jean-Claude Van Damme (30th anniversary this year). Funny thing, Drew Caffrey is credited as one of the executive producers of The Room. Here's the thing, Caffrey died in 1999, before the movie was even conceived, so that's just crazy. He's also credited as the San Francisco casting director. As Greg puts it in the book, this makes him the busiest dead guy since Tupac. Further into the mystery of Tommy's wealth, there's no definitive way of detailing how Tommy even got the money for The Room. One thing that's floated around recently is Tommy basically siphoned money from an investment by Chloe Lietzke and her husband. This led to a court battle, which is public record too, one can Google the case and learn that Tommy was accused of stealing investment money from them. Nobody in the Lietzke family has spoken out about this, most likely because they are ashamed from this and don't want to go public. I don't blame them. Now, I'm not saying this movie had to show all that, I'm just giving more background information. While I'm at it, Chloe Lietzke is also credited as an executive producer for The Room. Fact, she was bound to a wheelchair and was not involved with production at all, at any point. She was originally Tommy's ESL teacher, Greg would overhear some apparent ESL sessions between the two over the phone, late at night when they lived together, Greg thus had a hard time sleeping.

Too many asides, back to the movie, it goes into footage of Tommy and Greg Sestero together. There's a caption saying they still talk to each other everyday, and that they continue to write, produce, and act together. Uhhh, not really on the first two, but hey, they actually predicted the future with the last one, acting together. As it turned out, they have been making a movie called “Best F(r)iends,” written by Greg himself. It's basically him trying to give Tommy a role he feels is more suited to him, because Johnny is just not that role. It's ballooned to being a two volume deal like Kill Bill, with the first volume already screening in a couple events. Fathom Events (the people who have been screening The Room in theaters nationwide) will screen Volume 1 on March 30th and April 2nd 2018, and Volume 2 will come months later on June 1st and 4th . Most of what I've read has been positive, so I can't wait to watch these movies.

The End...

But wait, there's more! Remember the recreations? How about side by side comparisons?! Before the credits roll, they do just that, further showing how amazing they recreated select scenes. Again, pro and con, but I will lean towards the former and say that it's the most entertaining part of this movie. Take those away, sticking to the story, I'll go with the shooting of the sex scene...scene, and I swear it's not just because of James Franco's bare ass and the cock sock ('s a hefty looking me).

Back to the side by sides. I'll list them, these breeze through quicker than the movie premiere section of the movie, most of these scenes aren't played in full, or even in big chunks like that aforementioned section, but it's still a true marvel.

  1. The flower shop scene! A good amount of these actually sync up perfectly, which is incredible, hearing the same lines, same delivery, same actions, all at the same time, no delay, it's crazy. They didn't have to be that precise, but dammit they did, and I applaud them for it.
  2. The breast cancer scene, but they compare the line “Everything goes wrong at once. Nobody wants to help me, and I'm dying.” Pretty damn similar, their words aren't in sync since it's slightly different deliveries, but credit to the editing, they synced up perfectly at the end.
  3. The scene where Johnny and Lisa drink their scotchka, once again the wardrobe is perfect, even how both Juliettes have the tie worn like a headband, so identical!
  4. The pillow fight with Denny entering the scene. Very similar, one notable difference is fake Phillip had his shoes on, real Phillip didn't.
  5. “I could not go on without you, Lisa.” This is right before “You are tearing me apart Lisa!” Here you can see a side by side of the Juliettes, and can compare the facial expressions. Ari Graynor's just fits more with the anger, while the original Juliette has a more, well, immature look to her. Like a kid scowling at their classmates after they call them weenies or something. Synced perfectly too, the delivery from Franco being near identical to Tommy's!
  6. As amazing as these comparisons are, there is a cringe factor to this one, the Marks saying “I mean the music, the candles, the sexy dress. I mean...what's going on here?” Perfectly in sync, Dave Franco gets the head movements perfectly, it's framed perfectly, even his collared shirt has the exact same sloppy collar setup than Greg's. The big issue, well, Greg does not look like Dave Franco at all. You can also compare the real beard of Greg Sestero, the fake beard of Dave Franco, and also even the hair. Sestero's looks shaggier than Dave's, and Sestero just has more hair than Dave in general. Dave has a youthful look to him that makes me surprised that he's 32. Greg Sestero has a youthful look as well, but the difference is Greg can be eternally in his 20s, while Dave can look like a fresh 18 year old.
  7. Back to the Lisa/Claudette scene, starting with “You're not dying mom.” Then followed up with “I got the results of the test back, I definitely have breast cancer.” Classic. Very similar, very good, I do notice that the set from The Disaster Artist has some visible differences. Still, that's when you pause the movie, no need to nitpick.
  8. The syncing again is so on point, back to the drunk scene, this time with “You have nice legs Lisa” and Lisa responding with “You have nice pecs.” The laugh from James Franco, on point. The line “I'm tired, I'm wasted, I love you darleeeng,” fucking on point! It's perfect, up until they say “I love you Lisa.” There's more a of a pause from Franco, but dammit it's still incredible.
  9. Tuxedo football, the Peters fall just the same, the alleys look a bit different, but again, no nitpicking. You can see here the difference in hair, Nathan Fielder beating out Kyle Vogt. Their glasses are even identical! So good. Amazing, the line by Denny, “Gee Peter, you're clumsy,” how they exit the scene, all of which being similar.
  10. “Lover boy,” damn Ari Graynor draws things out a bit more than Juliette, which is good! I like that, you can see here how Juliette finishes that Lover boy line quicker than Ari, but goddamn the accuracy is top notch. Unfortunately though, it's back to the Greg and Dave comparisons. Still, audio syncs up perfectly after that little discrepancy in the beginning. There is a visual discrepancy, in the shot, Juliette is seen holding her wine glass. In the recreation, that wine glass doesn't appear, all forgiven though.
  11. “You are tearing me apart Lisa!” “Why are you so hysterical?!” “Do you understand life?! Do you?” Fucking brilliant, and again back to Ari Graynor's face, that's the face of a really angry bitch that has nothing but spite in mind. I love it.
  12. Save the best for last? Oh, I'll go all out. “I did not hit her, it's not true. It's bullshit, I did not hit her. I did NAHHHT! Oh hai Mark.” Boom! Extremely similar, the sync isn't there at the beginning, but it connects in the middle, tails off as Franco drew out the “NAHHHT” part for a few more beats than Tommy. I'm perfectly fine with that, because I do that, everyone who acts out that scene has done it. Body movements, near flawless, James Franco nailing it as accurate as possible. That is so difficult when you consider how much of a unique person Tommy is. Overall, nailing these scenes down, it's god tier for me.
All the more sad that he didn't get an Oscar nomination. Again, he got a Golden Globe for his performance, and even a Critics Choice Award, though he didn't accept the award since this was right after Franco's sexual misconduct allegations came out. As I said much earlier, “Rhythm of the Night” plays during the closing credits, and now I can say that during this particular spin of the song, you can hear James Franco as Tommy Wiseau sing the chorus once! I loved that.

Now there is a post-credit scens. I debated whether I should spoil it, but I love it so much, screw it, I'll talk about it.

SPOILER: Going all the way back to the scene where Greg is at a party, and that black guy talks to him, it's revealed that Tommy was there, just standing against a wall at a distance from people. He has his shades on at night, and here comes this guy, wearing glasses and having a fake mustache and soul patch. He basically looks like Johnny Depp circa 2000s. Now, who is playing that guy? Tommy fucking Wiseau! That's the meta, Tommy Wiseau talking to Tommy Wiseau. You can compare the accents and really feel that James Franco got it down so well. Tommy Wiseau...the real one, his character's name isn't mentioned, but IMDB lists it as Henry. Okay, so Henry comes by Tommy, to make clear, that's James Franco. He noticed that Tommy is lonely, asking why that is the case. Tommy said he's just standing against the wall, no big deal, doesn't mean he's lonely. Henry, trying to act like he's the ehhhgspert (reference to The Room I made, haha!), said Tommy needs help. “This not pity party, this just party.” That's what Tommy said, but then Henry kind of sounds weird, asking if Tommy wants to go with him to his house. Tommy refused that hard, and Henry said “You think you have long hair, you own the world? That's the idea?” Wow, first question, lifted from Greg's book, not exactly, but Tommy does ask that in Chapter 14 to Greg after saying that he can make friends too, having been the center of attention at a cold reading acting class. The line was “You think because you have blonde hair, you own the world?” Ha! “That's the idea” was spoken as a statement, not a question in The Room, a few times by Tommy Wiseau himself. “I stop you right there,” direct quote from Greg's book, as Tommy said that to Sandy during an argument over him wanting Chris-R's gun to fire. As it turned out, that didn't happen, so Tommy lost that battle. Here, he uses that line to stop Henry from talking, asking if he's from New Orleans. Henry is. What parish? Chalmette, which was where Tommy lived in for a period of time. Henry offered him a drink, Tommy refuses. Henry asked what his name was, asking if it's Tommy. Yeah. I honestly couldn't make out what Tommy said after, credit to Franco I guess because sometimes Tommy says stuff I can't really quote, because I don't grasp what exactly he said. I think he was telling Henry to leave, because what happened next is he bids farewell. Henry walks off, saying “People are very strange these days.” A line from The Room! “Oh hai Betty.” HAHA! Another reference to The Room, Johnny asked Mark about the latter's ex-girlfriend, Betty, who was never mentioned before, or after that rooftop scene, nor does she ever appear. Tommy ends the scene saying “My God. Who are these friends Greg have?” HM! I wonder that myself. I loved this scene, it's the best post-credit scene ever, bar none, no question, I'm willing to fight over it. Screw that Avengers crap, them eating at some joint in New York, screw the Nick Fury cameo at the end of Iron Man, screw all the post-credit scenes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Screw all post-credit scenes, they don't hold a candle to this one! Anyways, I tried to see if Greg Sestero has a cameo. He also got a contracted one, and I thought it was in the movie. No, I learned that his cameo was deleted from the final film, he played a casting agent, so my guess is he was someone Greg meets before Iris Burton. This would satisfy my own personal wish of Greg's cameo. I had different ideas for his cameo, one of them being he played the good looking agent Greg met before Iris Burton. This particular agent was described by Greg as being dressed like a mannequin. He criticizes Greg low-key, saying he has a lot of work to do, and that he needs a new look. If Greg got all that together, they could talk. Greg responded with “Okay,” but then the agent said that he's free after some meetings with friends. So he asked “Do you want to play tennis?” Greg said he knew a euphemism when he heard one. I never heard that euphemism, but I guess it's one involving sex. Urban dictionary has different meanings, one of which was just “sexual acts,” but the example in that entry makes it sound like two people playing tennis means two people doing sexual acts to each other. So it's possible that agent propositioned Greg for sex. The other definition I got basically is a foursome setting with two guys and two girls, banging at opposite sides of the room, making their respective girl moan, which would simulate the moan girls make when hitting a tennis ball. Either way, it's about sex. So yeah, the real Greg Sestero playing that role? I'd want that. I'm hoping Greg's deleted cameo will be included in the Blu-ray/DVD release.

Time to finally wrap this up. This movie condenses a lot of stuff from Greg's book and takes a bunch of liberties, there is so much more to the story that I haven't shared. One big reason is that I haven't shared the extra info is because the movie didn't adapt it. Quickly, some things missing: the shooting of the “I'll record everything” scene where Johnny takes a long time to walk across the room and hook up a yard sale tape recorder to his phone, in an attempt to record Lisa's calls. So much content is trimmed out of the period before The Room's production. Like how Greg actually got him and Tommy lost on the way back from the James Dean road trip. Greg stayed at a really seedy motel on his first night as a resident of Los Angeles because Tommy gave him the wrong key to the apartment. I already mentioned missing bits like Tommy's suicide message, the impact of inexperienced Zsolt Magyar. Also missing: a cute moment where Greg and Tommy re-enacted the knife fight from “Rebel Without A Cause” at Griffith's Observatory, Tommy shooting a commercial for his Street Fashions USA business and basically buying himself a SAG card, Greg's film loving hippie friend who hated Tommy, the story of Tommy's other major car crash, which was while he lived in France, a brief mention of Bob Dylan berating Greg, Tommy and him acting out a scene together for Jean Shelton's class, and a lot more. I can finally say now that this is coming up to the end, that this movie actually would've been better if it was longer. Typically I go with long movies needing to be shorter, but this is a rare case for the opposite. 103 minutes is just too short to tell such a rich and interesting story that is not only about one, but two men, very different from each other, forming a friendship. My ideal time would've actually been 2 hours and 30 minutes, feeling like they could easily fill up the time. And the acting would not suffer, because the performances were all good, especially James Franco's. With a longer run time, this means the speed of the film would be slower, which is good because a couple times it just moved too fast.

Things start to go into nitpicking territory as liberties taken, once I sat down and really thought about them and revisited the scenes for the review, I realized that there were so many differences that actually kind of bothered me now. It is a credit to the movie that it definitely entertained me, but this is definitely a film at risk of hindsight. Still, I forgive it because it was crafted as a universal story about outsiders in Hollywood, being friends, supporting each other (at least at one point), and trying to fulfill their dreams. As Greg said towards the end of the book, Tommy Wieseau is the “biggest” dreamer. I'd rather have this attempt at really making the story accessible, even for an R-rated film, rather than just making fun of Tommy and just laughing at him for 103 minutes. No, you don't laugh at him, much, but you do definitely feel for him, and in a strange way, he is relatable. For that, for helping to bring more exposure to The Room, leading to more people giving the original a watch, I thank this movie and thus it has a bit of a sacred cow quality to it. What I mean is that I can't shit on the movie too badly.

Still, one of the big issues is how Greg is too 1 dimensional here, the white to Tommy's black, when Greg is a notable shade of gray, considering his often resentment of Tommy and having general tension with the man during production of The Room and even while they were roommates. Amber plays too big a role in the movie compared with the book. While I'm fine with the Hollyood storytelling at play here, sometimes it did bug me, but really if I had not have read the book, I wouldn't really be complaining. I keep hearing that generally, books are better than their movie adaptations. I could never really have a personal example of that since I don't read books, and with the Harry Potter books, I read some, but only one from start to finish and that was only once, not remembering enough to compare between that and its movie counterpart. Actually, I haven't seen that movie counterpart, Half Blood Prince, I definitely read that book from start to finish. So, as it stands, The Disaster Artist is my only example of the book vs. movie argument where the book is better. I'm glad I watched this movie though, I did not expect it to supplant the book and actually be better. However, I expected that they didn't take so many liberties, the key word I had in mind was “a few.” That didn't feel like the case. Again, they maintain the spirit of the story, which is admirable. In hindsight too, they did all this for an R-rated movie. R-rated movies tend to not have these kind of morals and messages, an R-rated tale of a special friendship? That just sounds alien to mainstream movies, it's kind of in the Lifetime Movie zone. The movie succeeded in making R-rated material into a very loving story, but does not pull punches here and there. Besides, Greg watched the movie and enjoyed it, Tommy again said he loves it 99%. Given that the people at the center of this story approve of the film, Greg himself being on set and helping out, it's hard to really hate the movie. When all is said and done, this is the movie Greg Sestero envisioned, and talented people made it happen. That being said, I'll single out the writers, Neustadter and Weber. This writing team hit it big with 500 Days of Summer and then followed it up with The Fault in Our Stars. With the heavy sense of drama in both movies, it stands to reason that this movie benefited from them being the writers. This could have easily been a comedy and they themselves admit that they are not comedy writers, not knowing how to make good comedy. The worst thing that could've happened to this movie is if it was a straight up comedy, not only would it be forced and misunderstood, but it would be easy. It's more challenging to make it into a dramedy, and it would take people who love the source material to do that, to give it that kind of care. From what I heard in interviews with them, they love the source material, even relating to it as they viewed themselves as Hollywood outsiders trying to make it, they're both East Coast boys for one, so definitely very outside of Hollywood. As much credit as Franco gets, these guys deserve a lot of praise, and despite Franco's snub, I'm happy these two got an Oscar nomination. They may not win, but their contribution to this film is etched in history. Given their background, this means the comedy in the movie was not forced, it came naturally for the most part, and was brought to life by the performances. James Franco thus becomes the big reason there are hilarious highlights in the movie. Following him from notable distance is Seth Rogen, and then way far back are other people.

Thus is it leads me to giving Franco more props. He is the star of the movie, and while I expected the funny side to be great, I was hoping that in the dramatic moments, he would deliver. He did, without really knowing the story, someone could go into this and just expect Tommy to be funny all the time, even during his serious, sometimes dark moments. No, there's a real person underneath the alien qualities and mystique, and Franco gave that human side needed exposure. I won't sugarcoat it completely, through offering up the human side, there are times where he gave himself up to easy analysis. Tommy Wiseau is not an easy man to analyze, but I attribute that to Hollywood tendencies, trying to give as much logic as they can to Tommy. They could've pulled back a tiny bit on that, because sometimes there's just no logic to Tommy, and that's the beauty of it. Regardless, could anyone else have done a better job? No, even though Johnny Depp was Tommy's first choice, to me it's several years too late, Depp is no longer capable of giving that kind of performance, at best it would have been a Jack Sparrow knock-off and it would've been bad. Knowing of how much Franco committed to the role and basically went method for this, even comparing his approach to how he did James Dean, I will say that his performance will, or should go down in history as a really unfortunate Oscar snub, but also a dedicated, passionate performance. I give some props to Dave Franco, for what was given to him, he did a very solid job, even though his beard was so fake. Seth Rogen, again, really funny for the limited amount of time he had. The cameos are generally very good, even Bryan Cranston despite me not liking the effect of that completely false scene. Everyone acted really well, giving good performances. I will give some shine to more underrated and/or very brief roles. I wish there was more Sharon Stone, I'm not the biggest fan of her, but knowing how much of a personality Iris Burton was as described in Greg's book, I would've liked more scenes showing that, as Stone for that limited time gave me a positive feeling, hopeful that if she had more material, she would've done a great job. Again, spotlight her again, Ari Graynor, damn I really wished there was more of her. I know this is Greg's story, and Tommy's the lead in this movie adaptation (where it's clearer in the book that Greg at least co-leads), but the book gave so many details about the tumultuous production of The Room, that I gained a lot of appreciation for the other players in that. The biggest one being Juliette Danielle. This woman suffered a lot for something she actually believed in. More than anyone else except Tommy, she wanted the movie to succeed. Maybe to someone not aware of the story, her kissing Tommy and being a very chauvinistically written character is not really indicative of an actress worth praising. However, knowing the story, it's stunning how much Juliette went through production. Her willingness in auditions, being flat out berated by Tommy at one point, having to do an open-set sex scene with a man who thinks navel penetration and showing off his nude body more than hers is Hollywood art, being given dreadful lines that makes her so unlikable, but not for the right reasons. Greg even said in the book that she was given a role she was “too young and insecure” to embody, and he said that with respect, and I agree with him. She was given a very spiteful, hateful character, and knowing her personality, she was also too nice for the role. But man, she tried. Of course, it's The Room, it's not good acting, but she fucking tried, she suffered for that, a real trooper, a totally unsung hero of the movie. Thus, more than most people, at least equal to Tommy, she was the most passionate, a sacred cow, I will not give her any shit. Now, with all that said, Ari Graynor, for as much time and material given, knocked it out of the park. When there was a brief opening of showing Juliette's naive self, as in the casting scene, she showed it greatly. When she had to show Juliette's trooper mentality after being berated by Tommy over her acne, she did so very well. Most surprisingly was her look, she would've been a better Lisa than Juliette. Just talking about the acting, not the struggle behind the scenes, Graynor had a much better look for that role. Sexy, yes, blonde and beautiful, actually more of a natural blonde than Juliette (who didn't dye her eyebrows), but could easily give those facial expressions. I keep harping about that, as that was something Juliette couldn't give. She tried, let me make that clear, but Graynor tried and succeeded. So yeah, among the people playing the actors from The Room, she is the top candidate for being an incredible replacement to her real-life counterpart. Actually too, Dave Franco sure acted better as Greg acting as Mark better than Greg Sestero acting as Mark, but Mark's charm is the lack of a consistent effort in acting. Also, the writing for him makes him out to be so dull, and devoid of character, that not even an expert actor could've really made it entertaining. In that respect, you kind of needed someone as non-fussed and uncommitted like Greg was. Still, fine job by him, fine job by all the actors. Oh, and really, everyone who played the counterparts to The Room actors, did a great job. Well, everyone who had scenes, June Diane Raphael's scenes weren't even stuff shot for The Room. She did give an important bit of dialogue, explaining why The Room is autobiographical. Also, Andrew Santino, the guy who played Scott Holmes, aka Mike from The Room, really had no dialogue. The only sound he makes is laughing during the premiere scene. Maybe he had material cut out, but that's a shame. Although, Mike in The Room isn't the most important character in the movie, he only has 2 memorable scenes to begin with, “Me underwears” in the alley and overselling a football hand-off, and before that, making the most over the top blowjob reaction face ever, as well as being stupid with chocolate. Actually that would've been awesome to see, if Santino could've nailed that blowjob face. That'd be a daunting task though. Anyways, Jacki Weaver as Carolyn, limited but good, Zac Efron as Dan, really fucking good. That one is limited, but for a good reason, Dan only had one scene as Chris-R so that's all justified. Nathan Fielder as Kyle Vogt, again, the voice is so damn similar, just that alone gets a thumbs up for me, him overall was nice. Josh Hutcherson as Phillip, fuck, it was very similar to Denny. Not just on looks, that's all nailed down, but...well, his looks. Every time I look at Denny, I laugh because he looks like a total dweeb and goober with his thrift store wardrobe. Yes everyone had thrift store costuming, but Denny's was so obvious! Not seen in this movie, but what made me laugh so hard from The Room, Denny at one scene had his shirt tucked into his beige slacks. You fucking goober, trapped in the 90s! This is a movie from the early 2000s, why was he dressed like that?! It's funnier now because of 90s nostalgia being all the rage, and cringing at what was fashionable back then. God, Josh Hutcherson delivered those Denny lines really funnily, and back to his looks, he looked like a damn manchild! The real Phillip also looked like a damn manchild, but I have a feeling Hutcherson will age much better than Phillip. Google Phillip Haldiman, you'll be surprised to see how much he aged. He simply looks 10 years older than his actual age. Also, while I say that, check out “The Room Actors: Where Are They Now?” Created by Robyn Paris, Michelle in The Room, it's a mockumentary style little series showing what happened to the actors not named Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau. It's really funny, they make a lot of references to The Room, and it shows they all have a good sense of humor about the movie they did. Anyways, back to Hutcherson, I still think that hair looks like a wig, which is funny. Dave Franco's fake beard, not funny.

Alright, with all that said, final verdict? This movie, despite the liberties taken, despite me actually discovering more discrepancies and sometimes not really liking them, despite not overall giving a more full-fledged brutally honest look at Tommy Wiseau, despite not giving a more gray Greg Sestero, this movie still entertained me. That's what a movie has to do for me to give it a passing grade. Measuring by the laughs I had, it gets a very high grade. One can make a great argument that the recreations and side by side comparisons come off as a crutch, to add more humor to the movie, but it worked, and add on the amazing work done to recreate scenes from a horrible movie! That's more impressive than recreating scenes from a good movie. Trust me I've seen my fair share of parodies of The Room on Youtube, 9 times out of 10 they aren't that great, and they try to recreate sets from the movie, it's not good, at worst just bad. Some do it really well, there was an “Escape The Room” game, with Tommy Wiseau himself invited to help out in the game, the people who put that living room set together did a great job. Back to here, this is what professionals do, not amateurs on Youtube, and they knocked it out of the park. So I cannot shit on the recreations and side by sides, crutch or not, they are fantastic in my opinion. Without them, I do admit the movie wouldn't be as good, but it would still be very rock solid, with an Oscar caliber performance by James Franco. Hands down, his best performance, ever. I've seen 127 Hours, thought he did a fantastic job at that, some other roles, but that tends to be cited as his best work. Between that and Tommy Wiseau in this movie, the dude has serious acting talent. I'm aware of his history of being very pretentious, and being up himself, but he cooled down big time since 2017, actually being a cool guy to watch on interviews and such. Unfortunately the sexual misconduct allegations really derailed his standing in Hollywood, and I don't know what will come of that. They're allegations, I'm not immediately buying them as fact. Even if he was guilty, he'd just be guilty of being a horndog abusing his powers a bit, but not like fucking Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. Truth or not, it doesn't change the fact that his performance here is fantastic. For being one of the producers, the director, and the star of this movie, and doing a great job on all fronts (I mean it is surprising to think that he directed this and did a very fine job doing so), for getting The Room more exposure, leading to Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau attending the Golden Globes instead of trying to go through Los Angeles traffic during the night of the ceremony like they did in 2000, for everything he did for The Room and for Greg's book, I thank him. I will thank him forever, he has earned eternal respect from me. I thank the Neustadter and Weber, I thank Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for producing the movie and getting the ball rolling on that, I even thank Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema for backing the movie and then making a good call in handing the distribution to A24, who have a great track record of movies that are critical darlings. I thank Dave Franco, all of the cast involved, all of the crew involved, I thank the editor especially for her putting together the premiere footage and the side by side comparisons, I thank Brandon Trost the director of photography who must've had a tough time recreating the lighting from The Room, I thank whoever chose those songs (even “Never Gonna Give You Up,” begrudgingly) especially “Rhythm of the Night” since that's a new addiction, I thank the costume designer for giving James Franco sweet and unique outfits that typify Tommy Wiseau's actual wardrobe preferences, and she must've been tasked to get all the thrift store wardrobe for The Room, and doing a fantastic job getting outfits that are just like the ones worn in The Room. I also thank all the people who recreated the sets from The Room, incredible job. I especially thank the makeup department for being able to make James Franco look like Tommy Wiseau! Oh, also, I need to be nice, Alison Brie as Amber, look I won't lie, she had too much of a role in this movie compared to the real Amber's presence in Greg's book, but that's not Brie's fault. It all comes down to the script and creative choices, and that's not her doing. Her doing is acting, and she did a fine job, she at least made Amber memorable, and the little relationship between the real life husband and wife pair, was decent. Despite it having more of a presence in the movie than in the book, on the flipside it did give character to the relationship, even though the actual character was underplayed but very very distinct and something worth analyzing. Props to her, when all is said and done. Who else to thank? Ahh, I know...

Tommy Wiseau. Despite being insane, sometimes a total asshole, a narcissist, and a real bitch when it comes to legal battles, this guy is a character. A unique character that is just lovable in the end. He's the most lovable character that you can also hate sometimes, which in the book and this movie, is extremely obvious. Although the book was told from Greg's perspective, he was the star of that story, and moreso in this movie adaptation. Watching the movie, you will probably understand Tommy, reading the book you'll understand him, though not as easily as in the movie. So, the film does you a favor by making him easy to sympathize with. Not only will you understand Tommy from this movie, in the end, you will respect and probably love the man. He had a vision, he had a dream, and he made it. He didn't make it in the way he originally intended, but he rolled with it. James Franco describes so damn well in interviews. Using his words to describe the main man, Tommy rewrote history, he rewrote his destiny. He didn't become famous and successful for his auteur brilliance, but the bottom line is he became famous. No matter what it took to get there, he is a Hollywood success story. As Greg put it, he's proof that you twist the American Dream, make it unique, and fulfill it. As Franco puts it, this is a man who's been told “No” his whole life, always being rejected and told that he won't make it, he can't make it. He kept living through this and though it took most of his life to achieve that success and happiness after a lifetime of hardships, he reached success. To me, he is the true American Dream, his success story is simply the most interesting and entertaining one, and knowing this actually adds a new dimension to watching The Room. Not just laughing at how bad it is, but realizing that the man put so much passion and love to the movie, that despite laughing at it, and maybe laughing at him, after all that, you have to applaud the man. I'm not sure if he got that applause at the premiere, I think that's when the movie kind of shoehorned the applause he gets now. For sure people laughed at the movie, I think they captured that as well as the reaction he himself had that people always speculated on. I'm just not sure after that, people just applauded him immediately and worshiped him. That would happen shortly after, in a very small scale, by USC film students, and then just grow and grow to being something that has now cracked the mainstream ceiling. Regardless, he has gotten the applause he deserves. He has made his mark in movie history, in pop culture history, in society even. Also, for me personally, he delivered my absolute favorite movie to watch, so, I can't not thank him. I'll thank him everyday for the rest of my life, even though he can do some stuff that makes me want to facepalm.

Last but not least, I want to thank Greg Sestero. I gave Juliette Danielle lots of praise for how she soldiered through production. Well, here's a man who soldiered through production as a line producer, a Tommy Wiseau translator, an actor, a chaperone to Tommy, and...a friend. Seeing him now, it's obvious that he does get tired of Tommy's schtick, there are many times now, and fans of the movie now notice it very easily, Greg looks disinterested when he's around Tommy. He was once asked about his behavior and he justified it after apologizing, that it's just a pain to chaperone Tommy in all the places he goes to with him. Read the book, he gets in some uncomfortable and embarrassing situations with Tommy, the movie doesn't really touch on that. You got a glimpse with their first scene eating together, but still, the book does a better job describing it. Especially now that he wrote Best F(r)iends with a lead role specifically for Tommy, he set himself up to be close to the man again. For a few years or less, before production of The Disaster Artist movie, Greg and Tommy were definitely not so close, there was a period in 2014-2015 where Tommy made appearances by himself or with members of the cast for his sitcom The Neighbors (it's shit, but not as entertainingly so compared with The Room). Greg took the risk with getting the book adapted, the buzz from the movie leading to him and Tommy having to do appearances together. An even bigger risk, writing Best F(r)iends, getting that made and now it's a two volume deal. He's put himself in a position be with Tommy more than he would have liked. Yeah, the movie leaves on a good note for Tommy and Greg's relationship, but as I said before, they've been through so many ups and downs, the biggest roller coaster relationship I know of. Greg conceived Best F(r)iends, despite the risk, for himself and Tommy, the man, as much as he appreciates The Room and the fans of the film, he's a creative person at heart, and he doesn't want to be defined by The Room. Saying that, it's a bit sad during the captions at the end, where the final one said “They are best known for The Room,” referring to Tommy and Greg. It's clear to me Greg wants to be known for other things, and thankfully he's gotten the ball rolling for that, between The Disaster Artist, his book being adapted into a great movie that became a hit with the critics and the general audience, and now wanting to be known for the creative avenue of filmmaking and acting with Best F(r)iends. I really hope the movie does well, I want Greg Sestero to continue to be very successful, I want him to be happy. He has made me happy by co-authoring the book. While I'm at it, quick and overdue thanks to Tom Bissell. From what I gathered, he took Greg's story and gave it a polish and structure, I think of his role as the music producer, as Greg busts out some epic songs, if you know what I mean. Or hey, the rhythm section to the amazing, front and center vocalist of a rock band. He's a journalist by the way, so with that comes the ability to tell facts and stories in entertaining fashion, so Greg needed that technician help. Anyways, back to Greg, he's survived being Tommy's friend. He theorized that he was Tommy's first ever friend, and he suffered for it. He stuck through it, and he did it out of loyalty, and a deep down respect for the man. Sestero is a pretty modest man, but I'll suck him off with the words he deserves to be described as. Yeah The Disaster Artist has a lot to do about Tommy Wiseau, but who told the story? Yes, the story wouldn't exist without Tommy, but who was the messenger? I love the messenger here, I definitely don't want to shoot him. Without Greg, none of this would've happened, The Room probably would not have been made, or come off the way it did. As Tommy said at the premiere, he could've never done the movie without Greg. You take Greg out of the occasion, you don't have anything long lasting, legendary, amazing. I'll turn it around, without Tommy Wiseau, you don't have anything long lasting, legendary, amazing. They are a team in that regards, and I think they know it, but in their own ways. Tommy now says Greg is his best friend, Greg doesn't say that out loud himself. That's just a new classic example of their friendship, their history together and dynamic. He does respect Tommy, I don't think that will ever be lost, and even though he was brutally honest and pulled no punches in describing his friendship with Tommy, he gives the man just as much praise, respect, and even love. For that, for making a story that has a universal appeal, for soldiering through the production of The Room more than pretty much every other person involved (they're all fucking troopers and deserve an applause), for being the one guy to support Tommy's vision, and for he himself achieving his success through this book and hopefully Best F(r)iends, for telling the best Hollywood story, best friendship story I have experienced and will have experienced, for doing fantastic narration in the audiobook and making me laugh loads of times there, for just being Mark. Thank you Greg Sestero.

That was really sappy. I deliberately wanted this to be the first movie released in 2017 for me to watch, and I'm so glad I did. I don't think I'll find a better 2017 movie actually, which indicates my final overall grade on the movie. The grade being high. It's awesome, Hollywood adaptation notwithstanding. Of course though, the book is better and it must be read. Hell, I recommend the audiobook more, it's amazing. James Franco's Tommy Wiseau voice is fucking great, but Greg's is also fantastic, in fact I think it's slightly better. It helps being a friend of that guy for 20 years (they officially met on July of 1998, so there you go). Again, bringing it back to the movie, The Disaster Artist, I highly recommend it. It's not perfect, but it doesn't have to be, at the end of the day, for me it had to be entertaining, with the necessary drama and comedy, the right balance, with great acting, writing, directing, just all the elements to make a movie a pleasure to watch. For all that, The Disaster Artist soars super high for me, check it out.

PS: My word document shows that I'm on page 46, making this the longest movie review I ever made, at least I think so. Considering my love for The Room, wanting to give in-depth comparisons between the The Disaster Artist movie and book, this was something bound to happen. It took me over 2 days on and off to get this all typed up, and I think it was worth it. I gave a definitive review, at the cost of sleeping...
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