Actors have recreated specific moments in film many times before, but only a handful have had the unique challenge of recreating specific moments from The Room. (You know, the best-worst movie from Tommy Wiseau.) And those handful do so in The Disaster Artist, which tells the story of the making of the 2003 cult classic — which is about a love triangle between Johnny (Wiseau), Mark (Greg Sestero), and Lisa (Juliette Danielle).
In The Disaster Artist, James Franco plays Tommy/Johnny (James also directed the film, out Friday in limited release), Dave Franco plays Greg/Mark, and Ari Graynor plays Juliette/Lisa. They recreate scenes from The Room, and with really specific attention to detail (you get a taste of it in the trailers, so no spoilers!). Like, crazy specific attention to detail. So much so that Graynor says the process was “one of the most technical things I’ve ever done as an actor.”
No really, she would’ve played the scenes completely differently on her own — and if you’ve seen The Room, there’s no doubt why.
But, that wasn’t the challenge here: “The goal was definitely to recreate those scenes as closely as we could. The exercise was not to reimagine it in our own form of expression. It was really like, how do we get this as close [to the original]?”
To get there, Graynor watched the scenes she was mimicking “probably 100 times,” and she and her costars would watch the scenes on set, right before shooting.
To sum this particular Disaster Artist experience up? “It was a very weird sort of parallel universe.” And we wouldn’t have it any other way.