Why James Franco directed The Disaster Artist in Tommy Wiseau's accent
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The Disaster Artist (out Dec. 1) chronicles the making of The Room, the infamous 2003 release that garnered a massive, worldwide cult following thanks to the movie’s entertaining awfulness.
Disaster Artist director James Franco also plays mysterious, mercurial Room auteur-actor Tommy Wiseau, while Franco’s brother, Dave, portrays Wiseau’s costar Greg Sestero, upon whose 2013 memoir (co-written with Tom Bissell) The Disaster Artist is based. The film’s all-star cast includes also includes Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Sharon Stone, and Jason Mantzoukas. According to the latter, Franco committed to the whole motif, directing his actors using Wiseau’s thick accent and distinctive vocal mannerisms. “Getting direction in that speech cadence was true insanity,” Mantzoukas recently told EW.
So, why exactly did Franco maintain his character’s accent all the time he was on set?
“It might sound like some weird B-movie version of Daniel Day-Lewis or something,” laughs the Pineapple Express and 127 Hours star. “In fact, his accent is the most infectious kind of accent to do. You just want to do it! Everybody wants to do it! And it brought everybody closer to their own characters, having to interact with me in that way.”
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