Golden Globe awarded artist James Franco delved into another ‘it’s so bad that it’s good’ project. He directed and starred the main character in a movie about one of the most ridiculous cult films of all times, ‘The Room.’ However, the real actor on which the movie was based, Tommy Wiseau, wanted Johnny Depp only to interpret his character. Nonetheless, Franco managed to pull off a stellar portrayal of a bad actor that the public first saw at Toronto Film Festival in “The Disaster Artist.”
James Franco’s Movie Is Based on a Real Life Story about a Bad Actor with Grand Dreams
James Franco really likes to push his limits and reinvent himself through the art of acting. His latest project as both a director and actor was the movie version of Tom Bissell and Greg Sestero’s book entitled “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made.”
James Franco confesses that his intention was far from turning this Hollywood inside story into a caricature. Instead, his goal was to unearth the underlying reasons why ‘The Room’ was made in the first place. The star of the production, Tommy Wiseau, was also the writer, director, producer, and investor in one of the worst movies in Hollywood history.
‘The Disaster Actor’ Is the Story of a Multitude of Dreamers Who Wanted to Win at the Hollywood Roulette
The peculiar part about Wiseau’s immersion in the Hollywood world is that he invested $6 million in the production. However, the Los Angeles premiere in 2003 returned only $1,800 on his investment. It would have fallen into anonymity if theaters haven’t started receiving requests from their audiences to air this movie on more time. People began to like ‘The Room,’ and the project eventually generated profit.
However, the audience doesn’t necessarily have to see The Room before diving into Franco’s interpretation of a bad actor. His character is the epitome of the mainstream yet dramatic story of all the innocent dreamers that believe they can make it into the spotlights of Hollywood. Franco’s choice of the story reveals that he is more interested in the efforts artists put in instead of the results they achieve.
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