The Room‘s Tommy Wiseau Insisted On Filming A Cameo Opposite James Franco For The Disaster Artist — & Now He’s Seeking Awards Recognition!

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Few would be surprised to learn that Tommy Wiseau, the writer/director/producer/star of The Room, made sure to have a cameo in The Disaster ArtistJames Franco‘s film about Wiseau’s 2003 “so bad it’s amazing” cult classic.

Even fewer would be shocked to learn that not only did Wiseau require having his scene be opposite Franco, who plays him in the dramedy, but he’s hoping to get awards buzz for the small part!

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That’s what Franco told The Hollywood Reporter when speaking about Wiseau’s cameo, which was apparently so ridiculous it had to be moved until after the credits!

The actor explained:

“You can’t blame us [for putting the scene at the end. Because [Wiseau’s] main stipulation was that he have a scene in the movie, and then he kept demanding that it be opposite me.”

Franco had no choice in the matter, as Wiseau made his scene a contractual obligation when the producers were buying his life rights.

Of course, due to the mysterious auteur’s appearance and accent, the filmmakers were hoping they could stick him in a scene with absolutely anyone but the man who was portraying him. Franco added:

“We just tried to explain to him: ├óΓé¼╦£Tommy, I don’t mean to insult you, but you just can’t play anyone other than yourself.'”

Wiseau, however, would only work with Franco. The Room star explained to THR:

“They tried to give me different guys. And I was like, it doesn’t work for me.”

The mark of a true artist!

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With no choice, Franco was forced to write “a very short scene” for Wiseau to be featured in — but couldn’t put it in the movie, because it “just doesn’t make sense.” He added:

“In our defense, we had to make it disposable, because he was insisting on doing it opposite me. It was like, there was no way that that was ever going to work in our movie.”

The post credits scene, which has absolutely nothing to do with the film’s storyline, sees Wiseau approach Franco’s Wiseau at a rooftop party when the two enter a bizarre exchange. Wiseau then wanders off, loudly telling himself “people so strange these days” before adding the iconic “oh, Hai” to nobody in particular.

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While Wiseau is still clearly Wiseau in the scene, he does attempt to play someone else — he actually told Franco he wanted his character “to be named Henry,” a man with a long ponytail and a wispy pencil mustache. Franco recalled speaking about Wiseau’s character:

“He said, ‘If you like mustache, I draw it on better when we shoot.’ I was like, ├óΓé¼╦£Do you want a fake mustache? We can get you a fake moustache.'”

Given the time spent developing “Henry,” it makes sense that Wiseau fought extra hard to have his cameo scene with Franco kept in the final cut of the film. And apparently, Wiseau was so pleased with his performance, he’s now seeking awards recognition for his post-credits part. Franco added:

“He’s really pushing hard on my producer to get him nominated or eligible for a SAG Award or a SAG nomination.”

Wiseau denied he has SAG aspirations — telling THR, “somebody tell you something that is not correct,” but Franco insists he’s not spewing out fake news:

“Oh no. Oh no. Oh no! No, it’s a very real thing! And we told him, we’re like, ├óΓé¼╦£I think there’s a requirement for a certain amount of screen time.’ You’re just not eligible!”

Never give up on your big Hollywood movie dreams, Tommy.

[Image via Jaime Espinoza/WENN.]

Dec 4, 2017 12:14pm PDT

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