James Franco talks about ''The Disaster Artist'' which recreates the production of ''The Room'', a cult film that audiences love because it's so bad, it's good. Rollo Ross reports.
In 'The Disaster Artist', James Franco stars as Tommy Wiseau, the eccentric director, actor and producer of 'The Room', the 2003 film which has achieved cult status because it's so bad, it's good. The film had a centerpiece premiere at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles where Franco, who also directs, explained why Wiseau's film is actually good. SOUNDBITE director and actor, James Franco, saying (English): "I think there's something about the movie that is more that people identify with the passion underneath it and so he is an artist in that sense, so it's a disaster and it's a piece of art." Dave Franco plays Wiseau's best friend Greg Sestero, whose memoir about the production of 'The Room' inspired the film. SOUNDBITE actor, Dave Franco, saying (English): "You know, we never wanted to make fun of 'The Room' or Tommy Wiseau who is the man at the center of it all. On the contrary, we wanted to celebrate Tommy and we wanted to celebrate this movie and celebrate people who have dreams and don't take no for an answer." Both Wiseau and Sestero gave their seal of approval by appearing at the premiere. SOUNDBITE actor and 'The Disaster Artist' writer, Greg Sestero, saying (English): "People would make fun of 'The Room' but 15 years later it's still selling out cinemas across the world. At this point, how can you call it the worst movie? It's a success, you know." And 'The Disaster Artist' is also a success, garnering glowing reviews across the board. It's out in cinemas in the US on December 8.