Our first look at the movie about a cult cinema legend is finally here.
You might not have heard of The Disaster Artist, but maybe you’ve heard of The Room. It’s a movie that’s so bad, it doesn’t seem possible. Everything is bad in it. The dialogue is bad, the acting is bad, the story is bad. And it’s all not just bad, it’s next-level bad. You-have-to-see-this bad. Thousands-of-people-go-see-midnight-screenings-of-this-movie bad. It’s so astonishingly bad, it might leave you with no choice but to say that it’s… good? To make you think that maybe it was made that way on purpose? The film boggles the mind.
Most famously—and perhaps most simply—it’s a movie with scenes like this one:
Made in 2003, The Room has to be seen to be believed, and the only thing stranger than the experience of seeing it is probably the story of how it got made. That story was told in the 2013 book The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero—unlikely friend and costar to The Room‘s mysterious and reclusive writer/director/star Tommy Wiseau—and writer Tom Bissell. It’s going to be told again, this December, in The Disaster Artist‘s film adaptation, directed by and starring an uncannily good James Franco. And in a stroke of genius, the movie’s first trailer isn’t a typical one, but just a single scene, about the making of one of The Room‘s most famous scenes. You know, the one we just showed you a moment ago.
Looks like even making the worst movie ever made is a lot of hard work.
If The Disaster Artist‘s reception at the South by Southwest festival earlier this year is any indication, (it got a standing ovation) this delightful little clip is just a tiny glimpse of a very good movie, one that might be the most fun James Franco role since Pineapple Express.
The Disaster Artist arrives in theaters on December 1, 2017—just enough time to watch The Room, read the book, and maybe even attend one of those midnight screenings.
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