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James Franco in The Disaster Artist

Who is Tommy Wiseau?

Who is Tommy Wiseau?

If you haven’t heard of the man behind cult movie The Room then check out new film The Disaster Artist

Maverick. Enigma. Cult film hero. Get acquainted with Tommy Wiseau in the critically acclaimed The Disaster Artist

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The Disaster Artist tells the incredible true story of how Wiseau (played by James Franco, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) made The Room, a cinematic atrocity so mind-bogglingly awful it was universally savaged by critics on its release in 2003.


On the surface, The Room is a drama about a love triangle, but the plot is really just a small part of the whole baffling package.


Still, every cloud has a silver lining. Wiseau’s brainchild (he wrote, directed, produced and starred in The Room) received so much negative publicity it ended up attracting a cult following, who celebrate it at late-night screenings around the world, and turned its creator into an underground star. A kind of bizarro Orson Welles, if you will, in that The Room has been described as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies”. But now with The Disaster Artist, Wiseau is very much in the mainstream.


Want to know more about the weird and wonderful world of Wiseau? Then click/hover on the objects below to learn all about the man, the myth, the legend…



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