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The Disaster Artist (2017)

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When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

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When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

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James Franco spoke like Tommy Wiseau throughout each day's filming, and even directed using Wiseau's distinctive voice and syntax, though Jason Mantzoukas said that Franco did not direct in character and only spoke like Wiseau. Seth Rogen admitted he had a hard time being directed by Franco while being interviewed on The Howard Stern Show. Rogen said during the first two days, he had a hard time containing his laughter as Franco was speaking as Tommy Wiseau with his notable European accent. Franco told Rogen he would get used to it, which he eventually did. See more »

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Sandy Schklair: Ready, and, Action!
[Wiseau opens the rooftop door and steps into the scene. He pauses for several seconds]
Tommy Wiseau: What line? What is the line?
Sandy Schklair: I did not hit her. It's not true. It's bullshit. I did not hit her. I did not. Oh, hi Mark.
Tommy Wiseau: Okay.
[Wiseau returns to the rooftop exit]
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A Sincere and heartfelt story of chasing your dreams
18 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Having been lucky enough to get tickets to the Australian premiere of The Disaster Artist with Greg Sestero himself in attendance, I was excited and eager to watch this amazing story. I was not disappointed. Almost every line James Franco said had the entire audience laughing their heads off, he is so spot on in his portrayal of Tommy's quirks and character its surreal. I tip my hat to him and hopefully the Oscars come calling. He deserves to be nominated.

As I had read the book, I did notice that a few changes were made and some plot points fictionalised, but that's the case in nearly every adaptation so that was to be expected. It did capture the spirit of the story and was never boring or slow paced. Dave Franco does an excellent job as Greg, playing him a little more naive and optimistic than his real life counterpart (the real Greg knew he was not making a good movie, while this Greg seems a little more deluded.) but was so likable and warm you just wanted him to succeed. Tommy, on the other hand, is a little more polarising. While he was humanised and some good insight was given into his motivations and feelings, it was still hard to be a fan of him all the time considering how absurd his behaviour was. I chose to give him a pass, as you can't say he isn't sincere.

The film's supporting characters are perfectly cast as well, with Seth Rogen playing a straight man role as Sandy the stunned script supervisor along with several comedians and actors popping up left right and centre. One of the biggest laughs in the cinema was Josh Hutcherson's first appearance as the room's most peculiar character, Denny. It was also great that Ari Graynor and Jacki Weaver, playing Juliette Danielle's Lisa and Claudette from the movie respectively, are portrayed as strong willed and thick skinned people who nobly put up with some of the worst working conditions for an actor imaginable.

Overall it's a hilarious and genuinely moving account of an insane true story. I would have loved it to be a little longer to include some even crazier parts of the book that didn't make the cut but what we're left with is still an excellent film. OH HI MARK!


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