James Franco was being kind of a mic hog at the 2018 Golden Globes, and because of this, the world was deprived of what likely would have been one of the greatest speeches of all time. Or at least one of the most memorable. Tommy Wiseau — the inspiration behind buzzy movie The Disaster Artist and the eccentric character Franco plays in it — was invited to join Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical-winner Franco on stage during the ceremony, but Franco didn’t actually let Wiseau chime in.
Luckily, reporters later asked Tommy Wiseau what he would have said, and the famously unconventional filmmaker did not disappoint.
To truly appreciate Wiseau’s distinctive spirit and his unlikely attendance at this year’s Globes, you need to know a little bit about his background and The Room, the 2003 cult classic upon which The Disaster Artist is based. No one has ever really been able to conclusively prove where Wiseau is from (maybe Poland? maybe France? maybe New Orleans?), how old he is (probably 62), or where the hell he got the reported $6 million it took to make The Room in the first place.
But the dude became a cult hero for making such an epically bad movie and for his strange mystique, complete with his signature shades and chain belts.
Speakers, including Franco, further painted a picture of Wiseau at the ceremony by describing the time he decided to make his own movie because the Golden Globes wouldn’t want him there nearly 20 years ago, and the time he put up a billboard with his face and real phone number on it advertising The Room back in 2004.
But it was Wiseau himself who rounded out the image audiences have grown to love over the years with his own quirky comments to the press:
Yes, the night was running long with all the powerful #TimesUp messages, and we LOVE that. But we also would have loved to hear what Wiseau had to say during Franco’s speech (and we’re pretty into the fact that the guy’s still plugging his own bad movie 14 years later). Who knows? Maybe he’s saving up something even better for the Oscars.