James Franco recently spoke at a Q&A about his work on the project The Disaster Artist, which documents the making of the widely panned 2003 film The Room. Franco plays Tommy Wiseau, who directed the The Room, which is considered by many to be one of the worst films of all time.
At the Q&A, Franco said that Wiseau originally wanted Johnny Depp to play him in the film.
“We had to get his life rights. So I did talk to him and Greg on the phone. He wanted Johnny Depp. I laughed, and he was like, ‘Why are you laughing?’ And I didn’t want to offer myself or my brother because we didn’t have a contract, but Greg brought it up, and then Tommy was like, ‘Yeah, maybe James. I see some of your stuff. You do some good things, some bad things.’ And then what I learned later is, he thinks he’s James Dean. He famously quotes Rebel Without a Cause in The Room: ‘You’re tearing me apart, Lisa‘ is directly from Rebel Without a Cause…I think he actually [thinks he’s James Dean]. And I had played James Dean [in a 2001 movie], so the two people he wanted were Johnny Depp or me, I guess.”
I am definitely interested in this film, especially knowing that Franco directed the film in character as Wiseau. It is also nice to know that Wiseau himself was spoken to, and was on board with the film being made. I always enjoy when Franco does these sort of abstract projects. With The Room having the reputation as one of the worst films ever made, one would think Wiseau wouldn’t want anymore attention brought to it.
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