The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist

James Franco’s new satire explores the backstory behind one of the worst films ever made

The Room – often tipped as the worst film ever made – has achieved near-cult status with its jilted script, low-budget visuals and obscenely underwhelming lead. Now, famed polymath James Franco has based his new biographical comedy-drama on one of Hollywood’s biggest failures – and unlike its predecessor, The Disaster Artist is getting rave reviews.

Co-starring Dave Franco, Zac Efron, Seth Rogen and Sharon Stone, the riotous satire delves headfirst into the curious story behind The Room’s realisation. Greg (Dave Franco) plays a young struggling actor in desperate search for a route to Hollywood. He eventually finds a friend in acting classmate Tommy (James Franco) and both bond over their failed attempts to make it within the film industry. Armed with blinding passion and unfounded self-belief, they decide to make a film of their own, with Tommy writing, starring and completely funding the film with a budget of $6 million (which he mysteriously had to hand). What follows is a winding journey that reveals how an infamous midnight movie favourite came to being, despite its hilariously awful script, direction and acting.

  • Words: Monique Todd