Have you ever had a crazy idea that almost seems too impossible to ever become a reality? If you are like me, you probably daydreamed about it for awhile and maybe even made a few failed attempts before wistfully saying “oh well” and moving on.
But what if you weren’t that kind of person? What if you were so ‘out there’ and magically rich enough to not only be able to afford being delusional but somehow also capable of making (or paying) others believe in it as well? And what if you just happen to be lucky or crazy fox smart enough to find talented people to help bring this idea to life and to support your willful madness? And you did it by following your own damn rules?
Well then you would be producer/director/screenwriter/actor Tommy Wiseau and Hollywood would be your bitch. Cheep, cheep!
You probably have already heard about the ridiculously expensive and nonsensical independent movie Wiseau made as a showcase for his talent back in 2003. If not, it’s worth seeing if you ever wondered what would happen if Frankenstein wandered on to the set of a Lifetime movie and thought it was his chance to become a porn star. It’s especially fun watching with a crowd during a midnight screening where all sorts of rituals and catchphrases have evolved throughout the years.
The thing about The Room is that while lacking in traditional substance and story line, it’s professionally filmed. No crappy, poorly lit flat shots here folks. Obviously intelligent and capable people were behind and in front of the camera. Just check out the actors’ Facebook pages and cast member Robyn Paris’s upcoming mockumentary The Room Actors: Where Are They Now ? if you have any doubt about how cool they are. All seem to have reacted to their infamy with humor and aplomb.
So why on earth would they ever be involved in this insanity and why the heck didn’t anyone bother to tell the emperor that he really should put some clothes on…especially some pants?
The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made written by one of The Room’s lead actors, Greg Sestero (and co-writer Tom Bissell) finally explains it all. And it’s just as dark, creepy and bizarre as you would think! But it’s also touching, hilarious, a tad bit mean-spirited and thought provoking none-the-less. Seriously, this is the best book I’ve read in quite awhile! (The audio book is also a must buy, especially for Sestero’s spot on homage to Tommy’s unusual accent). Readers will appreciate that the writers held nothing back.
One gets the feeling that Sestero loves dreamers himself and working on The Room was not only a chance to support a friend’s crazy idea but to financially keep afloat his own Hollywood dreams of stardom a little longer.
Hollywood is nothing if not hopeful. Everywhere you look is the giddy energy of newcomers, you can literally feel it in the tempered air of hazy days and cool nights. Anything is possible! But not everyone has the tenacity or just plain stupidness to keep dreams alive day after day, year after year, decade after decade to make this ‘anything’ really possible. When a film like The Room comes along, everyone is again given hope and that is why I think it’s so endearing. We want to believe and we want someone to believe in!
Despite all the crazy things Tommy Wiseau has ever done both professionally and personally (and I’m sure the list is hella long), he most definitely believes in himself and in the end so does Sestero. His compassion and appreciation of what Tommy has accomplished comes shining through. As The Disaster Artist shows, sometimes what you achieve isn’t nearly as remarkable as the act of achieving itself and those that helped you along the way.