Oh, Hi Wylie Writes: A Two-On-One With The Room’s Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero
Director/screenwriter/producer/star Tommy Wiseau is very proud of his movie The Room, a drama formed around a love triangle that has taken on an impressive cult status.
The film premiered in mid-2003 and left an impact on moviegoing communities. The film is baffling and has a confusing aura to it all…but it keeps drawing people in. People who are willing to bring their unbeknownst friends because “they just have to see it”.
Because of these repeat viewings and this bizarre excitement it’s aroused, The Room has been popular during midnight screenings where patrons are encouraged to interact with the film. Some of these interactions include throwing spoons at the screen, reciting memorable lines, and playing catch with a football between you and your moviegoing buddy. Don’t worry, it’ll all make sense.
Wiseau’s passion project marks its 10th anniversary this year – which is quite a feat. For the anniversary, Wiseau and actor Greg Sestero (who plays the role of Mark) came to Toronto to celebrate the long-running event.
I was very fortunate to sit down with both men and talk shop about The Room as well as other topics like Sestero’s upcoming book The Disaster Artist based on his experiences making the film, stage acting vs. acting in a film, and cinematic audience participation and whether we’ve gone too far or not.
Wiseau was vocal about how much he appreciates Toronto’s avid Room support and added that he loves Canada. When asked about the movie goers that call the film “so bad, it’s good” and “the worst movie ever made”, Wiseau explained that he doesn’t necessarily listen to that feedback. It’s a film where people can take whatever they want from it and those who have embraced it have had a blast watching Wiseau’s story unfold. “In the eighties, ‘bad’ really meant ‘good’. Like, if you’re ‘bad’, you’re ‘really good’,” Wiseau explained. I’m glad he’s keeping a bright attitude and that he’s sticking to his guns.
Listen to the interview below. The audio starts with Greg’s answer to my question, “Did you ever expect the film to pick up this much steam? Could you have predicted 10 years ago you’d be here?”:
Special thanks to GAT PR for organizing this interview.
Tommy Wiseau’s The Room will be playing a special engagement as part of the Love Is Blind Blu 2013 Tour at Toronto’s The Royal on May 24, 25, 26.
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