James Franco Can't Remember His Lines in the First Trailer for The Disaster Artist

(Also Known as, the Movie About The Room)

By Sam Eichner ·
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The first trailer for James Franco’s The Disaster Artist dropped this morning, giving fans of the midnight-showing cult classic, The Room, their first glimpse of Franco as the enigmatic filmmaker, Tommy Wiseau.

As someone who watched the quintessential so-bad-it’s-good flick more than several times after smoking pot in his dorm room—oh, I’m not the only one who did that?—I will say that Franco looks and sounds the part, as he struggles to remember the hackneyed lines he’s written.

What’s more exciting, though, is the cast he and co-star/producer Seth Rogen have wrangled here, including Zac Efron, Hannibal Buress, Alison Brie, Sharon Stone, Paul Scheer and Jason Mantzoukas. Other celebs like Bryan Cranston, Zach Braff, Danny McBride and Wiseau himself are also said to have cameos.

The film, which premiered at SXSW and will open wide on December 8th, is already picking up some Oscar buzz. It’s not hard to see why. This is ripe territory for Franco, who is somewhat of a parody of a self-serious auteur himself.

I, for one, will be looking forward to seeing how he handles those soft-core sex scenes. But, god forbid, if they cut the scene of the boys playing catch, I may have to walk out of the theater.
Sam Eichner

Sam Eichner likes literature, reality television and his twin cats equally. He has consistently been told he needs a shave since he started growing facial hair.

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