Movie trailers have become almost like their own artistic medium these days and sometimes they’re even better than the actual movie. We get so many different trailers and teasers and exclusive clips of movies that by the time a movie is actually released, it feels like we’ve seen the best parts. Yet still, every once in a while a trailer comes along and it damn near takes over your life. It happened to me with Dunkirk and now it’s happened again, this time with a movie that could not be more different than Christopher Nolan’s WWI epic masterpiece. This time it’s for the trailer to The Disaster Artist.
Let’s start here. The film, which stars James Franco, Dave Franco and Seth Rogen is about this dude Tommy Wiseau (played by James Franco,) a struggling actor who decides that to make his mark and make it in Hollywood he needs to write his own movie for him to star in. You know, like Ben Affleck and Matt Damon did once upon a time, albeit far more successfully. The end result was The Room, a movie described as both “terrible,” a “smutty, narratively challenged drama” and of course, a “cult classic.” Based on his experience working with Wiseau, Greg Sestero (played by James Franco) wrote The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside ‘The Room,’ The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. Basing the movie off the book is potentially a risky move though because according to Wiseau, not of all of is true.
“He (Wiseau) didn’t see it until SXSW, and we were unsure of what he was going to think, especially because he said, [mimicking Wiseau’s accent] ‘Greg book only 40 percent true,’” recalls Franco. “It was like, well, that’s what we based it on, so what are you going to think about our movie?”
Accuracy aside, this movie kind of looks amazing and the trailer is amazing. I don’t know what’s the best part. Is it Wiseau working through the plot of The Room, adding that the main character “might be a vampire” or is Seth Rogen’s character questioning the logic behind filming on a set designed to look like an alley that sits right next to the actual alley? Is it Franco’s accent, which is some sort of eastern European and actually makes sense because no one seems to know where Wiseau was actually from or is it the filming of The Room’s climactic ending, where Wiseau’s character shots himself in the head but then kind of doesn’t die, something that is pointed out by Rogen but then dismissed by Wiseau.
I just don’t know!
All I know is that I’ve watched this trailer several times already and fully intend to watch it several more times.
The Disaster Artist comes out in December.