James Franco awkwardly snubbed Tommy Wiseau on stage at the Golden Globes
As James Franco and co. made the publicity rounds for their new movie, The Disaster Artist, they brought Tommy Wiseau along for the ride. The eccentric filmmaker behind the terrible-yet-amazing cult classic The Room — the movie that inspired The Disaster Artist — showed up with Franco to the Disaster Artist premiere, to an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and to the 2018 Golden Globes. But when Wiseau tried to chime in during Franco’s acceptance speech as Franco nabbed the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical at the Globes ceremony Sunday night, James Franco wasn’t nearly as welcoming. Anddd it was pretty awkward.
ICYMI: Franco kicked off his winning remarks by inviting Wiseau onto the stage with him.
Franco’s brother Dave, who also appears in The Disaster Artist, joined him as well. After giving the man who he plays in the movie a hug, Franco blocked Wiseau from saying anything with his arm and a laughing “Whoa whoa whoa!” He then went on to imitate Wiseau’s hard-to-place accent (the filmmaker’s roots are famously mysterious) and recalled an interaction Wiseau had with a friend, in which he complained about the Golden Globes and how he should be a star 19 years ago:
"19 years ago, [Wiseau] was stuck in traffic from the Golden Globes. He said to his best friend Greg [Sestero, who co-wrote the book that inspired The Disaster Artist], 'So what? I’m not invited, I know they don’t want me...I don’t wait for Hollywood; I make my own movie.'"
Now that Wiseau is finally having his mainstream star moment, it’s kind of a bummer he didn’t get to bask in it a little more.
The internet was quick to point out that Franco cutting off the inspiration for his character felt a little ungrateful, though others said keeping Wiseau — who’s known for his rambling tangents — away from the mic was probably a smart move.
Wiseau did get some additional recognition during other points of the evening.
In his introduction of The Disaster Artist as a Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, Seth Rogen talked about how Wiseau had advertised The Room in 2004 with a huge, vague billboard that included a photo of Wiseau and his actual phone number. Wiseau also got a chance to tell members of the press what he would have said had he been given a chance to talk. (“See The Room, have fun, and enjoy life. The American Dream is alive, and it’s real.”)
All in all, Wiseau didn’t seem to0 upset about his onstage snub. He posted a photo of himself and Franco during the acceptance speech on Twitter Sunday night. The caption? “Dreams do come true!”