There are bad movies, and then there are terrible movies, and then there is The Room. Written, Produced, Directed and even financed (somewhat mysteriously, it seems) by its star Tommy Wiseau, The Room is utterly terrible. The script makes no sense. Tommy can barely say his lines, let alone act. Plots get dropped for no reason and characters come in and out. In short, it’s so bad that’s it’s good; in that get drunk with friends and watch it way.
And it took a while, but it became a cult success! For being a terrible movie, of course, something that Tommy doesn’t really admit that it is (I think he thinks he’s a genius!)
Starring with Tommy is his best friend Greg, whom he badgered to be in the movie, and given the movie’s popularity, he’s written this book. In-depth, astonishing (at the levels of ineptitude of Mr Wiseau) and quite funny, it cleverly alternates chapters of his life and friendship with chapters of filming The Room. Suffice to say, the book is best enjoyed having seen The Room.
Or, perhaps not. One reason I’m posting this review now is because in December there is a movie of The Disaster Artist being released, with James Franco as Tommy Wiseau. A teaser trailer is here. It’s going to be bonkers. And I don’t think having read the book will spoil the movie – in fact, I think you’ll be comparing Mr Franco to the Tommy in your head when reading, and the Tommy on-screen.
Got to give Tommy Wiseau credit – how many people can turn one bad movie into a career?
You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.