Earlier this week, the first trailer for The Disaster Artist James Franco’s comedy about cult favourite The Room was released online, receiving praise from across the Internet.The teaser showed Franco’s Tommy Wiseau attempting to film an iconic moment from The Room, but struggling to remember the lines. After struggling for 67 takes, Franco’s Wiseau manages: “I did not hit her. It’s not true. It’s bullsh*t. I did not hit her. I did not. Oh, hi Mark.”
Since being released, cinephiles have created compilations of the clip side-by-side with the original from the film, showing how brilliant Franco’s impression really is.
Upon screening a “work-in-progress” cut at SXSW earlier this year, The Disaster Artist was named an Oscar contender, Variety writing: “I don’t think I’ve ever heard such thunderous rolls of laughter at the Paramount Theatre, thanks to a tour-de-force (and career-best) performance by Franco.”
Their reviewer, Ramin Setoodeh, continued: “The Academy typically doesn’t honour comedies, but there are elements in The Disaster Artist that may be hard to resist… Warner Bros. doesn’t have a release date set yet, but whenever The Disaster Artist hits theaters, it’s sure to be a formidable hit, especially once word-of-mouth gets out.”