I’ve been curious about The Disaster Artist from the very first moment that I saw its trailer and even more so when I watched James Franco promoting the film with Tommy Wiseau. I couldn’t believe how on point Franco was in portraying the character and it showed a lot of commitment from him as an actor and producer of the movie that was based on the making of the cult classic The Room.
Synopsis: Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) and Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) meet at an acting class in San Francisco and become friends because of their opposite personalities. Greg is shy and comes from a suburban background while Tommy is flamboyant and oblivious. Because of their common passion for acting, they decide to move to LA to try their luck in show business. Unfortunately, things don’t turn out the way they planned so they hatch up a plan to produce their own acting vehicle to show Hollywood what they’re made of.
When people see Tommy Wiseau, they immediately think to themselves: Is he for real? He is a character, alright, and I get why his experience in directing his accidental comedy “The Room” was the perfect subject for a movie.
Let me just say that James Franco deserves an Oscar for his portrayal of Tommy because he really studied every nuance of Wiseau and incorporated it to his portrayal. He never once let go of the accent and played the over the top character so naturally. And even though he was weird, people rooted for Tommy. I think Franco succeeded in making people understand Tommy’s motivations better than Tommy when he was actually shooting “The Room.”
Dave Franco’s innocence in his portrayal of Greg was also a perfect complement to his brother’s performance. Audiences can see through his kindness and loyalty, even when Tommy was being unreasonable. Their bromance was the highlight of the movie but it also shone the spotlight on some aspects that may have been overshadowed by The Room’s unexpected success as a cult classic.
While The Room was all about Tommy and Greg, The Disaster Artist made sure to pay homage to the small actors who struggle and take on parts for the love of acting, the frustrations of being on set and the joy of producing something successful, even though it was made with a different intent.
The Disaster Artist was a showcase of the enigmatic Tommy Wiseau’s life but it was also, ultimately, the story of his friendship with Greg. The Disaster Artist was based on Tommy’s book and it was clear in it how much he valued Greg as his only and truest friend. As for myself, I was touched by the message of The Room, a manifestation of Tommy’s dream of having a world where everybody loved everybody. It was a conversation about being accepted fully and unconditionally, despite outward appearances, and despite being different. I salute Tommy for following his dreams even though nobody really believed in him. I’m happy he found a true believer in Franco. It takes a lot of courage and confidence to do something while being faced with everyone’s ridicule and I’m happy that this “documentary” was able to show Tommy’s heart, even if it not reveal his true identity.