Oh hi, Den of Geek readers. You are probably not aware of this, but one of the most fabled film experiences of the 21st century lived again in Manhattan on Friday night. And it was at the swanky Crosby Street Hotel, complete with wine and refreshments, that the New Age midnight movie staple, The Room, had it New York Comic Con screening… one where popcorn was still chucked at the screen during pivotal character introductions, and performances were continuously, and mercilessly, heckled. All that and more occurred before the man, the myth, and the legend most responsible for this cinematic wonder. Indeed, Tommy Wiseau was in the house.
Standing at about five feet and nine inches, and sporting a suit coat like it was a cape, along with only one fingerless glove and three different gaudy belts, Wiseau continues to cast an enigmatic figure. As unknowable as the exact origin of his accent, Wiseau stood proud among obvious fans, gazing back behind his sunglasses and meticulously unkempt hair to enjoy the revere The Room has gained in the 14 years since its release. While to some it might be the “worst movie of all time,” to many others it is an achievement only worthy of a modern day Ed Wood.
And Wiseau—who wrote, starred in, and enjoys the sole directorial credit for The Room on the movie’s title cards—is even getting the Wood treatment thanks to James Franco and A24’s The Disaster Artist, which is due out in theaters later this year. Still for Wiseau, he does not like too many direct comparisons to Franco’s comical biopic of his life and his own enduring artistic accomplishments. And it’s art that will speak for itself, as per Wiseau. For while he revealed he enjoyed The Disaster Artist, he views it as a different beast altogether.
“We don’t care what they’re doing,” Wiseau said about Franco’s The Disaster Artist and fan comparisons to the project. “The Disaster Artist can stand by itself. It’s a good movie. It’s no competition, whatsoever. On the contrary, support The Disaster Artist 99.9 percent.” Pausing for the audience to laugh, Wiseau then added, “You may ask me what is the 0.01 percent later.”
Cryptic and inscrutable with his answers, many might have asked about that 0.01 percent of contention Wiseau has with Franco’s new film, but by and large, the filmmaker kept the mood too quick and lively for that. But he did reveal how much he enjoys the vindication that comes with the movie’s ever growing fandom.
“The Room has been changed after 14 years,” Wiseau considered of his legacy. “I’m happy to report, actually, that we have support from media [like you], from everybody. Now they understand The Room… I always say The Room is different from the cookie cutter of Hollywood. It’s by design, and by design it’s for everyone. The Room was always emotional until the end.”
And what a bloody good ending it has too. While his question-and-answer may have been all too brief, the ballad of Tommy Wiseau will never fade out. Because, no matter what, we’ll always have The Room. As well as The Disaster Artist too now, even if it apparently misses the mark by 0.01 percent.
The Disaster Artist is out in limited release on Dec. 1 and wider release on Dec. 8. But we better be going now, so bye, bye doggie.