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From Esquire!

Even if you haven’t watched The Room, as many people a decade after its release haven’t, it’s entirely possible, without knowing who he is or why anyone cares, that you’ve seen its director/writer/star/producer Tommy Wiseau’s twisted face at least in meme-form, frozen in time as he shouts into space, “You are tearing me apart, Lisa!”

From Vulture!

Ten years ago, in June 2003, a small independent film with a terrible script, a no-name director, and a cast of unknowns opened for a short run in Los Angeles. It was panned by the few critics who saw it and closed two weeks later, having grossed $1,800. But the film had something that set it apart. For while there are plenty of bad movies, there are no movies that are bad in all the ways The Room is bad. It suspends all normal rules of drama. Conflicts are introduced and then disappear instantly. Characters experience rapid mood swings, and everyone speaks in a weird brand of English filled with bizarre idioms. (“Keep your stupid comments in your pocket!”) The sex scenes are scarier than the scary scenes.

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From Entertainment Weekly!

What do you do when you’ve appeared in one of the worst films ever made? Why, write a book about it, of course!

Okay, so that’s not what usually happens. But there is very little which could be considered “usual” about the infamous, so-bad-it’s-amazing 2003 film The Room, one of whose stars, Greg Sestero (“Oh, hi Mark!”), has now penned a book called The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made.

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Greg Sistero’s Biook


The Room

Who's responsible?
Director/screenwriter/star Tommy Wiseau.

Why it's on the list
Famed far and wide as the most inept film ever made, The Room combines the worst of every discipline, to the extent that it was dubbed “the Citizen Kane of bad movies” by Entertainment Weekly.

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The Room Gets Cracked

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From Cracked!

Just The Facts

  1. Tommy Wiseau wrote, directed, produced, and starred in “The Room.”
  2. No one has any real idea where he’s from, as his accent bears no resemblance to any that can be heard on Earth.
  3. His plans for the future include either a vampire movie, or a biopic on Heath Ledger. With any luck, it will be both. Simultaneously.
  4. All those who challenge or heckle him at public appearances end up looking like douchebags.

From Denver Westword!

For ten years, The Room has been confounding and entertaining audiences. The film’s strange blend of inept performance, oblique writing and haphazard direction has earned it an ever-growing cult audience that can’t get enough of the movie’s unique charms. Sure, by most standards it a “bad” film, even a terrible one, but make no mistake: The Room is one of the most entertaining cinematic experiences you will ever undertake, even if you don’t really understand it.

Talk to its creator Tommy Wiseau, and the film starts to make a certain kind of sense, at least in relation to the man himself. Ask him a question on one topic and you might get a simple, direct answer, or a ten-minute digression that covers everything from classic film to the way the media misunderstands his work. It’s a rambling, surreal and, at times, confusing experience, but one that never fails to entertain — kind of like the movie itself. We caught up with Wiseau before his first-ever appearance in Denver this weekend for special screening of The Room at the Esquire to talk about the film’s tenth anniversary, its legacy and why people still have a hard time understanding everything The Room brings to the table.

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From The Independent

Inside the cinema, audience members are shouting at the screen, acting out scenes and throwing plastic cutlery. The experience is similar to watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s more like a play than a film. A very bad play, with plenty of heckling.

Made on a shoestring budget, with a tenuous plot and excessive use of a blue screen, cult film The Room was panned by critics and could – and some would say should – have disappeared without a trace. But somehow, ten years on from its original release in 2003, the Tennessee Williams-inspired, 99-minute work of plot cul-de-sacs, deeply uncomfortable love scenes (Is he meant to be aiming for her navel? Why are they stroking each other with roses? Is the orphan child trying to join in?) and bad acting is selling out at regular late-night screenings across the UK and north America. The mysterious figure at the centre of this unlikely success story is former city worker and leather goods designer Tommy Wiseau. He is the director, producer, writer and central protagonist of the film.

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Ah, the Ziegfeld Theatre. The refined, legendary movie house in New York City has played host to hundreds of A-list affairs since its 1969 opening, premiering hundreds of critically-lauded, star-studded films. (Oh, hi Steven Spielberg, Julia Roberts, and Daniel Radcliffe!)

Last night was a different story. After spending months showing Tommy Wiseau’s cult film The Room at New York’s dingy Village East Cinema on the last Friday of every month, Saturation Films — the folks who stage the screenings — decided to class things up a bit by relocating this month’s midnight screening of “the Citizen Kane of bad movies” to the Ziegfeld.


If you have ever seen The Room, or perhaps witnessed the strangely reoccurring Los Angeles billboard or surfed the equally creepy website, you’ll understand why casting Tommy Wiseau in a horror parody is nothing short of brilliant. Under the creative direction of Studio 8’s Brock LaBorde (I’ve worked with the man -disclosure! disclosure!) Untitled Tommy Wiseau Studio 8 Horror Project will no doubt explore the limits of absurdity, nerd-dom, and the grotesque—I know this for a fact, because I saw a rough cut but I can’t talk about it yet. Well, I’ll say this: Tommy is in full-blown Wiseau mode.


Tommy Wiseau is not, technically, famous. He has never been on the cover of Us Weekly, nor has he been the subject of salacious rumors on E! — in short, he is the sort of person who can usually walk down the street without being stopped. Yet on a recent Friday night outside New York City’s Ziegfeld Theatre, Wiseau was greeted by a mob of fans. They chanted his name, crowded around him for pictures and roped him into a game of catch. After he entered the theater, the people he left behind spoke in awestruck tones. Said one: “This is the best night of my life.”

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