Oh hi, James Franco.
According to pal Seth Rogen, the perpetually misunderstood actor may soon portray Tommy Wiseau, the mysterious Hollywood outsider who wrote, directed, and starred in The Room, the spectacularly bad 2003 film that became a revered cult classic.
Here’s some back story: Franco’s public fascination with Wiseau seems to have begun with an in-depth piece he wrote for Vice back in December (it even features a pic of Franco Photoshopped as the Mickey Rourke-esque Wiseau). In it, he calls the wannabe filmmaker “ageless, muscled, sweet, and scary; he is part vampire, part Hollywood dreamer, part gangster, part Ed Wood, and super lonely.” Franco attempts to dissect the artist desperate to unleash his vision at any cost – The Room reportedly cost $6 million to make – while using Wiseau’s tale as a parable for his own creative drive.
In February, the actor’s Rabbit Bandini Productions optioned a book about the making-of The Room; titled The Disaster Artist, it was written by Wiseau’s co-star in the movie, Greg Sestero, and journalist Tom Bissell, who wrote a Harper’s story on the film in 2010.
Now Rogen – who will serve as producer on the Disaster Artist adaptation – is talking about the film. In a recent appearance on Opie & Anthony, the Neighbors star talked about the ongoing appeal of a movie that “sucks s–t” yet continues to screen around the country. His big, not wholly unexpected reveal: Franco “might” play Tommy Wiseau. Here’s the clip:
You are tearing us apart, Rogen!
And for full effect, here’s the Room trailer: