Tommy Wiseau

'The Disaster Artist' review: James Franco's ode to a schlock auteur and his 'so bad, it's good' flop

'The Disaster Artist' review: James Franco's ode to a schlock auteur and his 'so bad, it's good' flop

In 1998, aspiring actor Greg Sestero met another aspiring actor, Tommy Wiseau, in an acting class in San Francisco. Wiseau performed a bit of Stanley Kowalski from “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and Sestero had never seen anything like Wiseau’s raw anguish, unvarnished pain, chair-throwing abandon and complete lack of finesse. Sestero later described Wiseau as resembling “one of the anonymous, Uzi-hugging goons who appeared for 2 seconds in a Jean-Claude Van Damme film before getting kicked off a catwalk.”

Yet he had nerve, and he believed in his destiny. A friendship was born. The men moved to L.A. to crack the movies. Eventually a film was made: “The Room,” written, produced,...

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