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Could James Franco Win An Oscar For The Disaster Artist?

Could James Franco Win An Oscar For The Disaster Artist?

The Disaster Artist hits theaters on December 1, 2017.

In 1998 in San Francisco, Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) is an aspiring actor who is wowed by a performance from his eccentric and fearless fellow acting student Tommy Wiseau (James Franco). You loved movies. You didn't live tweet films, or watch bad movies ironically, or EVER forget to keep your Letterboxd account up to date.

A few months ago, A24 released a teaser trailer for "The Disaster Artist", just so audiences get a taste of the movie based on the making of the infamous "The Room".

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I'm not a huge fan of The Room, either on its own merits or the cult that has built up around it. The enduring culture of appreciation around the movie exists in a world where there's no danger of taking The Room at face value, and The Disaster Artist does away with that tension altogether. When Greg Sestero suggested that Franco should star in the film, Tommy Wiseau was fine with it.

Franco looks incredible in the role of Wiseau, and seems to have nailed his voice and mannerisms perfectly. Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, and Josh Hutcherson co-star. But The Disaster Artist prints the legend, and that's more fun than the truth. There are also a couple of callbacks to The Room in the trailer as well, including some awkward football throwing and Wiseau's insistence that he has to show his ass to sell the movie.