James Franco tells the story behind the greatest bad movie ever in The Disaster Artist

James Franco is the producer, director and star of the new film, The Disaster Artist, which tells the story of Tommy Wiseau, the man behind the infamously bad movie, and surprise cult hit, The Room.
James Franco produced, directed and stars in the new film, The Disaster Artist, which tells the story of Tommy Wiseau and the making of The Room, which has been called 'the greatest bad movie ever made.' (Exan Auyoung/CBC)

It's been called the greatest bad movie ever made. In 2003, The Room premiered in the way many films do: a red carpet, tuxedos and spotlights. It was meant to be a great movie about a love triangle, evoking the drama of Tennessee Williams. But, between the over-the-top acting, the weak script and the flawed narrative, the audience soon found out that The Room was bad. Really bad. 

The Room is now a global sensation, though, and an ironic cult hit. It's shown at midnight screenings around the world. The man behind the film, Tommy Wiseau, wrote, directed, produced and starred in it, and did so with sincerity and great ambition. Wiseau reached international success for his passion project, but not in the way he had hoped.

The story of Wiseau and the making of The Room is told in the new comedy-drama, The Disaster Artist. James Franco produced, directed and starred in the film. Today, he joins Tom Power to discuss his passion project about Wiseau's passion project.

— Produced by Cora Nijhawan


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