The Disaster Artist, James Franco’s film adaptation of a book about the making of a movie, opens tomorrow in limited release before expanding worldwide next Friday. In it, Franco plays Tommy Wiseau, a bulging, vampiric millionaire whose desire to become famous resulted in The Room, a film many consider to be the worst ever made. Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the man and myth came together on the same stage.
Wearing two belts—one strung awkwardly just under his groin—Wiseau appeared in his signature shades and had nothing but nice things to say about Franco’s performance (though, hilariously, he seems to prefer the one Franco gave in 2002’s Sonny). He also says The Disaster Artist is “99.9 percent” accurate to the real experience of making The Room, which is curious since he’s previously said the movie the book is based on is only “40 percent accurate.”
Granted, his distaste for the book may have something to do with the way it delves into the vaguer aspects of Wiseau’s upbringing. He skirts that question yet again here, responding to Kimmel’s question about his origins by saying, “I’m originally from Europe. Right now I’m American like everybody else. Long story short, I used to grow up in New Orleans, Louisiana. People ask me, ‘Where do you come from,’ right? So what do you wanna do—which country? I, well, I pick New Orleans.” Okay, buddy.
Frankly, this is the most amiable interview we’ve seen from Wiseau, who we’ve spoken to with, well, varying degrees of success over the years.