The Room (film)

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The Room is a 2003 American drama film written, directed, produced by and starring Tommy Wiseau, and co-starring Greg Sestero and Juliette Danielle. The film centers on a melodramatic love triangle between amiable banker Johnny (Wiseau), his deceptive fiancée Lisa (Danielle) and his conflicted best friend Mark (Sestero). A significant portion of the film is dedicated to a series of unrelated subplots, most of which involve at least one supporting character and are left unresolved due to the film's inconsistent narrative structure. According to Wiseau, the title alludes to the potential of a room to be the site of both good and bad events;[4] the stage play from which the screenplay is derived takes place in a single room.[5]

A number of publications have labeled The Room one of the worst films ever made. Ross Morin, an assistant professor of film studies at Connecticut College in New London, CT, described The Room as "the Citizen Kane of bad movies".[3] Originally shown only in a limited number of California theaters, The Room quickly became a cult film due to its bizarre and unconventional storytelling, technical and narrative flaws, and Wiseau's off-kilter performance. Although Wiseau has retrospectively described the film as a black comedy, audiences have generally viewed it as a poorly-made drama, an opinion shared by some of the cast.

The Disaster Artist, Sestero's memoir of the making of The Room, was co-written with Tom Bissell and published in 2013. A film of the same name based on the book, directed by and starring James Franco, was released on December 1, 2017; both the book and film received widespread acclaim and numerous award nominations. The Room also inspired an unofficial video game adaptation, The Room Tribute, released on Newgrounds in 2010.

The Room
A black-and-white poster for the movie shows Tommy Wiseau's face looking directly at the viewer.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tommy Wiseau
Produced by Tommy Wiseau
Written by Tommy Wiseau
Music by Mladen Milicevic
Cinematography Todd Barron
Edited by Eric Chase
Distributed by
  • Chloe Productions
  • TPW Films
Release date
  • June 27, 2003
Running time
99 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6 million[2]
Box office $1,900[3]


Johnny is a successful banker who lives in a San Francisco townhouse. Lisa, his fiancée, has become dissatisfied with her life and Johnny, seduces his best friend Mark and the two begin an affair. As the wedding approaches and Johnny's influence at his bank slips, Lisa alternates between glorifying and vilifying Johnny to her family and friends, making false accusations of domestic abuse and defending Johnny against criticisms. Meanwhile, Johnny, having overheard Lisa confess her infidelity to her mother, attaches a tape recorder to their phone in an attempt to identify her lover.

Denny, a neighboring student whom Johnny financially and emotionally supports, has a run-in with an armed drug dealer, Chris-R, whom Johnny and Mark overpower and take into custody. Denny also lusts after Lisa, and confesses this to Johnny. Johnny spirals into a mental haze and calls upon Peter, his and Mark's psychologist friend. Peter alternates between defending Lisa and assessing her as a sociopath, which results in Mark, feeling guilty about his and Lisa's affair, briefly trying to murder him.

At a surprise birthday party for Johnny, one of his friends catches Lisa kissing Mark while the other guests are outside and confronts her about the affair. Johnny announces that he and Lisa are expecting a child, only for Lisa to tell the guests that she lied about it. At the end of the evening, Lisa flaunts her affair in front of Johnny, who attacks Mark.

After the party, Johnny locks himself in the bathroom in despair. When he leaves, he retrieves the cassette recorder that he attached to the phone and listens to an intimate call between Lisa and Mark. Outraged, Johnny berates Lisa for betraying him, prompting her to end their relationship and live with Mark. Johnny has an emotional breakdown, destroying his apartment and committing suicide via gunshot. Hearing the commotion, Denny, Mark, and Lisa rush up the stairs to find his body. Mark blames Lisa for Johnny's death, admonishes her for her deceitful behavior, and tells her to get out of his life. Denny asks Lisa and Mark to leave him with Johnny, but they stay and comfort each other as the police arrive.


Photograph of a man with a collared shirt facing the camera.
Greg Sestero, who portrayed Mark in The Room and served as its line producer, wrote The Disaster Artist based on his experiences working on the film.
  • Tommy Wiseau as Johnny, a successful banker who is engaged to Lisa
  • Greg Sestero as Mark, Johnny's best friend, who is having an affair with Lisa
  • Juliette Danielle as Lisa, Johnny's sociopathic fiancée, who engages in an affair with Mark
  • Philip Haldiman as Denny, a young neighbor whom Johnny treats as a son
  • Carolyn Minnott as Claudette, Lisa's mother
  • Robyn Paris as Michelle, Lisa's best friend
  • Scott Holmes as Mike, Michelle's boyfriend
  • Dan Janjigian as Chris-R, a drug dealer who threatens Denny
  • Kyle Vogt as Peter, a psychologist and friend of Mark and Johnny
  • Greg Ellery as Steven, a friend of Johnny and Lisa



Tommy Wiseau originally wrote The Room as a play in 2001.[3][6] He then adapted the play into a 500-page book, which he was unable to get published.[7] Frustrated, Wiseau decided to adapt the work into a film, producing it himself to maintain creative control.[7][8]

Wiseau has been secretive about how he obtained funding for the project, but told Entertainment Weekly that he made some of the money by importing leather jackets from Korea.[3] According to The Disaster Artist (Greg Sestero's book based on the making of The Room), Wiseau was already independently wealthy at the time production began. Over several years, he had amassed a fortune through entrepreneurship and real estate development in Los Angeles and San Francisco.[9] Wiseau spent the entire US$6,000,000 (equivalent to about $8,000,000 in 2017) budget for The Room on production and marketing.[3] Wiseau stated that the film was relatively expensive because many members of the cast and crew had to be replaced.[10] According to Sestero, Wiseau made numerous poor decisions during filming that unnecessarily inflated the film's budget—Wiseau built sets for sequences that could have been filmed on location, purchased unnecessary equipment, and filmed scenes multiple times using different sets.[11] Wiseau also forgot his lines and place on camera, resulting in minutes-long dialogue sequences taking hours or days to shoot. Wiseau's actions further caused the film's budget to skyrocket, according to Sestero.[12]

According to Sestero and Greg Ellery, Wiseau rented a studio at the Birns and Sawyer film lot and bought a "complete Beginning Director package", which included two film and HD cameras.[13] Wiseau was confused about the differences between 35 mm film and high-definition video. He wanted to be the first director to film an entire movie simultaneously in two formats. He achieved this by using a custom-built apparatus that housed both cameras side-by-side and required two crews to operate.[14][7] Only the 35 mm footage was used in the final edit.[15]


Man photographed from the chest up in front of a brick wall.
Tommy Wiseau in a promotional image for The Room as Johnny.

Wiseau hired actors from thousands of head shots,[6] and most of the cast had never been in a full-length film. Sestero had limited film experience and only agreed to work as part of the production crew because he had known Wiseau for some time before production began. Sestero then agreed to play the Mark character after Wiseau fired the original actor on the first day of filming. He was uncomfortable filming his sex scenes and was allowed to keep his jeans on while shooting them.[16]

According to Greg Ellery, Juliette Danielle had "just gotten off the bus from Texas" when shooting began, and "the cast watched in horror" as Wiseau jumped on Danielle, immediately beginning to film their "love scene".[13] Sestero disputed this, stating that the sex scenes were among the last filmed.[17] Wiseau said that Danielle was originally one of three or four understudies for the Lisa character, and was selected after the original actress left the production.[10] According to Sestero, the original actress was "Latina" and came from an unidentified South American country; per Danielle, the actress was closer to Wiseau's age with a "random" accent.[18] Danielle stated that she had been cast as Michelle, but was given the Lisa role when the original actress was dismissed because her "personality...didn't seem to fit" the character.[19] Danielle corroborates that multiple actors were dismissed from the production prior to filming, including another actress hired to play Michelle.[19]

Even though Kyle Vogt (who played Peter) told the production team that he only had a limited amount of time for the project, not all of his scenes were filmed by the time his schedule ran out. Despite the fact that Peter was to play a pivotal role in the climax, Vogt left the production; his lines in the last half of the film were given to Ellery, whose character is never introduced, explained, or addressed by name.[16][13][20]


The original script was significantly longer than the one used and featured a series of lengthy monologues; it was edited on-set by the cast and script supervisor, who found much of the dialogue incomprehensible. An anonymous cast member told Entertainment Weekly that the script contained "stuff that was just unsayable. I know it's hard to imagine there was stuff that was worse. But there was."[3][21] Sestero mentions that Wiseau was adamant characters say their lines as written, but that several cast members slipped in ad libs that made the final cut.[16]

Much of the dialogue is repetitive, especially Johnny's. His speech contains several catchphrases: he begins almost every conversation with "Oh, hi!". To dismissively end conversations, many characters use the phrase "Don't worry about it", and almost every male character discusses Lisa's physical attractiveness (including an unnamed character whose only line is "Lisa looks hot tonight"). Lisa often stops discussions about Johnny by saying "I don't want to talk about it". Despite the significant amount of dialogue regarding Johnny and Lisa's forthcoming wedding, characters only use the words "future husband" or "future wife" rather than "fiancé" or "fiancée".[22]

In The Disaster Artist, Sestero recalls that Wiseau planned a subplot in which Johnny was revealed to be a vampire because of Wiseau's fascination with the creatures.[23] Sestero recounts how Wiseau tasked the crew with devising a way for Johnny's Mercedes-Benz to fly across the San Francisco skyline, revealing Johnny's vampiric nature.[24]


Principal photography lasted six months. It was mainly shot on a Los Angeles soundstage, with some second unit shooting in San Francisco, California. The many rooftop sequences were shot on the soundstage, and exteriors of San Francisco greenscreened in.[3] A behind-the-scenes feature shows that some of the roof scenes were shot in August 2002. The film employed over 400 people, and Wiseau is credited as an actor, writer, producer, director, and executive producer. Other executive producer credits include Chloe Lietzke and Drew Caffrey. Lietzke had no involvement in the film and Caffrey had died years prior to filming, according to Sestero.[25] Wiseau had several problems with his behind-the-camera team, and claims to have replaced the entire crew four times.[3][26] Some people had multiple jobs on the film: Sestero played the role of Mark, worked as a line producer, helped with casting, and assisted Wiseau.[20] Wiseau frequently forgot his lines or missed cues, and required numerous retakes and direction from the script supervisor; much of his dialogue had to be dubbed in post production.[27]


The Room
Soundtrack album by Mladen Milicevic
Released 2003
Genre Film score, R&B
Length 56:28
Label TPW

The score was written by Mladen Milicevic, a music professor at Loyola Marymount University. Milicevic later provided the score for Wiseau's 2004 documentary Homeless in America and Room Full of Spoons, the 2016 documentary on The Room.[28][29]

The soundtrack features four R&B slow jams which play during four of the film's five love scenes; Michelle and Mike's oral sex scene uses only instrumental music. The songs are "I Will" by Jarah Gibson, "Crazy" by Clint Gamboa, "Baby You and Me" by Gamboa with Bell Johnson, and "You're My Rose" by Kitra Williams & Reflection. "You're My Rose" is also reprised during the end credits. The soundtrack was released by Wiseau's TPW Records in 2003.[30]

All music composed by Mladen Milicevic, except where noted.
Track listing
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "The Room"   2:14
2. "Red Dress"   1:09
3. "I Will" (Kitra Williams, Jarah Gibson) Wayman Davis 3:28
4. "Lisa and Mark"   1:30
5. "You're My Rose" (Kitra Williams, Wayman Davis) Kitra Williams 2:22
6. "Red Roses"   3:15
7. "Street"   0:53
8. "Life"   2:43
9. "Street Two"   1:05
10. "Crazy" (Clint Gamboa, Wayman Davis) Clint Gamboa 2:52
11. "Chocolate is the symbol of love."   1:52
12. "Chris-R"   1:43
13. "Reason"   0:52
14. "Johnny Mark and Denny on the Roof"   1:09
15. "Lisa, Michelle, and Johnny"   1:55
16. "Yes or No"   1:20
17. "I'll record everything."   1:13
18. "XYZ"   1:05
19. "Mark and Peter"   1:08
20. "Jogging"   1:36
21. "Baby You and Me" (Kitra Williams, Clint Gamboa, Jarah Gibson) Clint Gamboa, Bell Johnson 3:17
22. "Happy birthday, Johnny."   1:36
23. "Lisa and Mark"   0:52
24. "Fight During the Party"   1:16
25. "Johnny in the Bathroom"   1:42
26. "Tape Recorder"   3:56
27. "Johnny Becomes Crazy"   2:48
28. "Why? Why Johnny?"   2:39
29. "Reflection (You're My Rose)" (Kitra Williams, Wayman Davis) Kitra Williams 2:42

Directorial credit dispute

In a February 11, 2011 Entertainment Weekly article, veteran script supervisor Sandy Schklair announced that he desired credit for directing The Room. Schklair told EW that Wiseau became too engrossed with his acting duties to direct the film properly and asked him to "tell the actors what to do, and yell 'Action' and 'Cut' and tell the cameraman what shots to get." The script supervisor also said that Wiseau asked Schklair to "direct [his] movie", but refused to give up the "director" title. The story is corroborated by one of the film's actors (who requested anonymity) and also Sestero in The Disaster Artist. Sestero describes Schklair taking charge of numerous sequences in which Wiseau found himself unable to remember lines or adequately interact with the rest of the cast, but jokes that claiming directorial credit was like "claiming to have been the Hindenburg's principal aeronautics engineer".[31] Wiseau has dismissed Schklair's comments, saying, "Well, this is so laughable that… you know what? I don't know, probably only in America it can happen, this kind of stuff."[8]



The basic premise of The Room draws on specific incidents from Wiseau's own life, including the details of how Johnny came to San Francisco and met Lisa, and the nature of Johnny and Mark's friendship.[32][33] According to Greg Sestero, the character of Lisa is based on a woman to whom Wiseau once proposed with a US$1,500 diamond engagement ring, but who "betrays him multiple times", resulting in the breakup of their relationship.[34]

Sestero further postulates that Wiseau based Lisa's explicit conniving on the character Tom Ripley, after Wiseau had a profound emotional reaction to the film The Talented Mr. Ripley, and matches elements of its three main characters to those in The Room; Sestero has likewise indicated that the character Mark was named for the Ripley actor Matt Damon, whose first name Wiseau had misheard.[35] Wiseau also drew on the chamber plays of Tennessee Williams, whose highly emotional scenes he enjoyed acting out in drama school – many advertising materials for The Room make explicit parallels to Williams's work.[3][36]

In his direction and performance, Wiseau attempted to emulate Orson Welles, Clint Eastwood and James Dean, especially Dean's performance in the film Giant,[37] and went as far to directly use quotes from their films – the line "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!" is derived from a similar line performed by Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.[38]

Inconsistencies and narrative flaws

The script is characterized by numerous inexplicable mood and personality shifts in characters. In analyzing the film's abrupt tone shifts, Greg Sestero highlighted two scenes in particular. In the first scene, Johnny enters the rooftop in the middle of a tirade about being accused of domestic abuse, only to become abruptly cheerful upon seeing Mark; a few moments later, he laughs inappropriately upon learning that a friend of Mark's had been severely beaten. On set, Sestero and script supervisor Sandy Schklair repeatedly tried to convince Wiseau that the line should not be delivered as comical, but Wiseau refused to refrain from laughing.[39] In the second instance, occurring later in the film, Mark attempts to kill Peter by throwing him off a roof after Peter expresses his belief that Mark is having an affair with Lisa; seconds later however, Mark pulls Peter back from the edge of the roof, apologizes, and the two continue their previous conversation with no acknowledgement of what just occurred.[40]

In addition to being rife with continuity errors, the film has several plots, subplots and character details whose inconsistencies have been commented on by critics and audiences.[41] The Portland Mercury has stated that a number of "plot threads are introduced, then instantly abandoned."[7] In an early scene, halfway through a conversation about planning a birthday party for Johnny, Claudette off-handedly tells Lisa: "I got the results of the test back. I definitely have breast cancer."[10] The issue is casually dismissed and never revisited during the rest of the film.[7][10] Similarly, the audience never learns the details surrounding Denny's drug-related debt to Chris-R, or what led to their violent confrontation on the roof.[7][42]

Beyond being Johnny's friend, Mark's background receives no exposition; when he is first introduced he claims to be "very busy" while sitting in a parked car in the middle of the day, with no explanation ever given as to his occupation or what he was doing. In The Disaster Artist, Sestero states that he created a backstory for the character in which Mark was an undercover vice detective, which Sestero felt united several otherwise disparate aspects of Mark's character, including the secretive nature of various aspects of his behavior – including marijuana use – his mood swings, and his handling of the Chris-R incident. Wiseau dismissed adding any reference to Mark's past to the script.[43] The makers of The Room video game would later introduce a similar idea as part of a subplot involving Mark's unexplained backstory, much to Sestero's amusement.[44]

At one point, the principal male characters congregate in an alley behind Johnny's apartment to play catch with a football while wearing tuxedos. When Mark arrives, he is revealed to have shaved his beard, and the camera slowly zooms in on his face while dramatic music plays on the soundtrack. Nothing that is said or occurs during the scene has any effect on the plot; the scene ends abruptly when the men decide to return to Johnny's apartment after Peter trips. Wiseau received enough questions about the scene that he decided to address it on a Q&A segment featured on the DVD release; rather than explaining the scene, though, Wiseau only states that playing football without the proper protective equipment is fun and challenging.[4] Greg Sestero has been questioned about the significance of Mark's shaving, though his only response for several years was "if people only knew."[16] Sestero describes in The Disaster Artist that Wiseau insisted he shave his beard on-set just so that Wiseau would have an excuse for Johnny to call Mark "Babyface," Wiseau's own nickname for Sestero, and that the revealing of beardless Mark would be "a moment". Sestero further detailed how the football-in-tuxedos scene was concocted on set by Wiseau, who never explained the significance of the scene to the cast or crew and insisted that the sequence be filmed at the expense of other, relevant scenes.[45]



The film was promoted almost exclusively through a single billboard in Hollywood, located on Highland Avenue just north of Fountain, featuring an image Wiseau refers to as "Evil Man": an extreme close-up of his own face with one eye in mid-blink.[10][6] Although more conventional artwork was created for the film, featuring the main characters' faces emblazoned over the Golden Gate Bridge, Wiseau chose the "Evil Man" for what he regarded as its provocative quality; around the time of the film's release, the image led many passers-by to believe that The Room was a horror film.[10] Wiseau also paid for a small television and print campaign in and around Los Angeles, with taglines calling The Room "a film with the passion of Tennessee Williams".[3] Wiseau hired publicist Edward Lozzi in his efforts to promote the film after Paramount Studios rejected distributing it.[36]

Despite the film's failure to enjoy immediate success, Wiseau paid to keep the billboard up for over five years, at the cost of US$5,000 a month.[46][47] Its bizarre imagery and longevity led to it becoming a minor tourist attraction.[3][48] When asked how he managed to afford to keep the billboard up for so long in such a prominent location, Wiseau responded: "Well, we like the location, and we like the billboard. So we feel that people should see The Room. […] we are selling DVDs, which are selling okay."[6]

Critical reception

The Room premiered on June 27, 2003 at the Laemmle Fairfax and Fallbrook theaters in Los Angeles. Wiseau additionally arranged a screening for the cast and the press at one of the venues, renting a spotlight to sit in front of the theater and arriving in a limousine.[3] Ticket buyers were given a free copy of the film's soundtrack on CD. Actress Robyn Paris described the audience laughing at the film, and Variety reporter Scott Foundas, who was also in attendance, would later write that the film prompted "most of its viewers to ask for their money back — before even 30 minutes [had] passed."[3] described Wiseau's speaking voice in the film as "Borat trying to do an impression of Christopher Walken playing a mental patient."[49] The Guardian described the film as a mix of "Tennessee Williams, Ed Wood, R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet".[50]

The Room has received negative reviews for its acting, screenplay, dialogue, production values, score, direction, and cinematography. The film is described as one of the worst films ever made by several publications.[51][52] On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 26% based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 2.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A bona-fide classic of midnight cinema, Tommy Wiseau's misguided masterpiece subverts the rules of filmmaking with a boundless enthusiasm that renders such mundanities as acting, screenwriting, and cinematography utterly irrelevant. You will never see a football the same way again."[53] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 9 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[54] Despite the criticism, the film has received an ironic positive reception from audiences for its perceived shortcomings, with some viewers calling it the "best worst movie ever".[55]

In 2013, The Atlantic's Adam Rosen wrote an article entitled "Should Gloriously Terrible Movies Like The Room Be Considered 'Outsider Art'?" where he made the argument "The label [of outsider art] has traditionally applied to painters and sculptors... but it's hard to see why it couldn't also refer to Wiseau or any other thwarted, un-self-aware filmmaker."[56]

In a 2017 interview for a Vox video, The Disaster Artist co-writer Tom Bissell explained his views on The Room's popularity, as well as his personal enjoyment of the film, by noting that:[57]

It is like a movie made by an alien who has never seen a movie, but has had movies thoroughly explained to him. There's not often that a work of film has every creative decision that's made in it on a moment-by-moment basis seemingly be the wrong one. [...] The Room, to me, shatters the distinction between good and bad. Do I think it's a good movie? No. Do I think it's a strong movie that moves me on the level that art usually moves me? Absolutely not. But I can't say it's bad because it's so watchable. It's so fun. It's brought me so much joy. How can something that's bad do those things for me?

Midnight circuit

Wiseau and Sestero with microphones on the theatre stage with multiple musicians behind them.
Wiseau and Sestero taking questions from audience members before a showing of The Room.

The Room played in the Laemmle Fairfax and Fallbrook for the next two weeks, grossing a total of US$1,800 (equivalent to $2,395 in 2017) before it was pulled from circulation.[3][58] Toward the end of its run, the Laemmle Fallbrook theatre displayed two signs on the inside of the ticket window in relation to the film: one that read "NO REFUNDS" and another citing a blurb from an early review: "This film is like being stabbed in the head."[59] During one showing in the second week of its run, one of the few audience members in attendance was 5-Second Films' Michael Rousselet, who found unintentional humor in the film's poor dialogue and production values. After treating the screening as his "own private Mystery Science Theater", Rousselet began encouraging friends to join him for future showings to mock the film, starting a word-of-mouth campaign that resulted in about 100 attending the film's final screening. Rousselet and his friends saw the film "four times in three days," and it was in these initial screenings that many of The Room traditions were born, such as the throwing of spoons and footballs during the film.[3]

After the film was pulled from theaters, those who had attended the final showing began e-mailing Wiseau telling him how much they had enjoyed the film. Encouraged by the volume of messages he received, Wiseau booked a single midnight screening of The Room in June 2004, which proved successful enough that Wiseau booked a second showing in July, and a third in August. Celebrity fans of the film included Paul Rudd, David Cross, Will Arnett, Patton Oswalt, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Seth Rogen, and James and Dave Franco. Kristen Bell acquired a film reel and hosted private viewing parties;[60] Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas would also slip references into episodes of Mars "as much as possible".[3] The film eventually developed a national and international cult status, with Wiseau arranging screenings around the United States and in Canada, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.[2]

The film had regular showings in many theaters worldwide, with many as a monthly event.[61] Fans interact with the film in a similar fashion to The Rocky Horror Picture Show; audience members dress up as their favorite characters, throw plastic spoons in reference to an unexplained framed photo of a spoon on a table in Johnny's living room, toss footballs to each other from short distances, and yell insulting comments about the quality of the film as well as lines from the film itself.[51][3][62][63] Wiseau has claimed that it was his intent for audiences to find humor in the film, although viewers and some of the cast members generally have viewed it as a poorly-made drama.[64][65]

Home media

The Room was released on DVD in December 2005, and Blu-ray in December 2012.[2][66][67]

The DVD's special features include an interview with Wiseau, who is asked questions by an off-screen Greg Sestero. Wiseau sits directly in front of a fireplace, with a mantel cluttered by various props from the film;[49] next to him sits a large framed theatrical poster for the film. A few of Wiseau's answers are dubbed in, although it is evident that the dubbed responses match what he was originally saying. Wiseau fails to answer several of the questions, instead offering non sequiturs.[68]

Among the outtakes included on the Blu-ray is an alternate version of the Chris-R scene, set in a back alley; instead of tossing a football, Denny is playing basketball and attempts to get the drug dealer to "shoot some H-O-R-S-E" with him to distract him from the debt. Another bonus feature on the Blu-ray is a more than half-hour long fly-on-the-wall style documentary about the making of The Room. The documentary includes no narration, very little dialogue, and only one interview (with cast member Carolyn Minnott), and consists largely of clips of the crew preparing to shoot.[68]

Wiseau announced plans in April 2011 for a 3D version of The Room, scanned from the 35mm negative.[8]

Other media


In June 2011, it was announced that Greg Sestero had signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to write a book based on his experiences making the film. The book, titled The Disaster Artist, was published in October 2013.[69]

A film adaptation of The Disaster Artist was announced in February 2014, produced by Seth Rogen and directed by James Franco.[70] Franco has stated The Disaster Artist was "a combination of Boogie Nights and The Master".[70] The film stars Franco as Wiseau and his brother Dave Franco as Sestero, with the script written by The Fault in Our Stars screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. On October 15, 2015, it was announced Seth Rogen would co-star (playing Sandy Schklair), and cinematographer Brandon Trost served as the DP.[71] On October 29, 2015, it was announced that Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema would distribute The Disaster Artist. Filming began December 7, 2015.[72] A work-in-progress version was screened at South by Southwest in March 2017, with the wide release beginning on December 8, 2017.[73]

Video game

In September 2010, Newgrounds owner Tom Fulp released a Flash game tribute, in the form of a 16-bit styled adventure game played entirely from Johnny's point of view. The game's artwork was provided by staff member Jeff "JohnnyUtah" Bandelin, with music transcribed by animator Chris O'Neill from the Mladen Milicevic score and soundtrack.[74]

Live performances

On June 10, 2010, the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center presented a live play/reading based on the original script for the movie. Wiseau reprised his role of Johnny and was joined by Greg Sestero playing the role of Mark.[75]

In 2011, Wiseau mentioned plans for a Broadway adaptation of the film,[76] in which he would appear only on opening night: "It will be similar to what you see in the movie, except it will be musical. As well as, you will see… like, for example, Johnny, we could have maybe 10 Johnnys at the same time singing, or playing football. So, the decision have to be made at the time when we actually doing choreography, 'cause I'll be doing choreography, as well I'll be in it only one time, that's it, as Johnny."[8] He mentioned the plans again during a 2016 interview, describing his idea for it to be a "musical slash comedy."[77]

Web series

On October 21, 2014, cast member Robyn Paris launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the budget for her comedy mockumentary web series, The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? A Mockumentary. On completion, the campaign had raised US$31,556 (equivalent to $32,621 in 2017) from 385 backers.[78] Although a number of the original cast appeared in the series, Wiseau, Sestero and Holmes are not involved.[79] The series premiered at the 24th Raindance Film Festival on September 30, 2016,[80][81] and debuted on the website Funny or Die on November 30, 2017.[82]


There is a fan-made musical called OH HAI!: The Rise of Chris-R.[83]

In popular culture

The comedy show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! on Adult Swim featured Wiseau prominently in the fourth season March 9, 2009 episode titled Tommy.[84] Recruited as a "guest director", Wiseau is interviewed in mockumentary style, along with the show's leading actors, during the production of a fake film titled The Pig Man. Two scenes from The Room are featured during the episode. Adult Swim broadcast the movie three times from 2009 to 2011 as part of their April Fools' Day programming. In 2012, they showed the first 20 seconds of it before switching to Toonami for the remainder of the night.[85]

On June 18, 2009, a RiffTrax for The Room was released, featuring commentary by Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy, formerly of Mystery Science Theater 3000.[86] This was followed up with a live theater show by RiffTrax on May 6, 2015,[87] which was shown in 700 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. The show screened once more on January 28, 2016 as part of the Best of RiffTrax Live series.[88]

On his 2009 DVD My Weakness Is Strong, comedian Patton Oswalt parodied The Room with a fake infomercial. The spoof also features a cameo from Jon Hamm.[89]

In 2010, the film was mocked on the Internet comedy series Nostalgia Critic, which highlighted the film's bad acting and writing, but encouraged viewers to see the movie: "It truly is one of those films you have to see to believe."[90] The episode was taken down following claims of copyright infringement from Wiseau-Films. It was replaced by a short video titled "The Tommy Wi-Show", in which host Doug Walker, dressed as Wiseau, mocked the threatened legal actions. The main review was later reinstated.[91] Both Greg Sestero and Juliette Danielle have praised the review, and Sestero later made a cameo appearance on The Nostalgia Critic episode "Dawn of the Commercials", reprising his role of Mark.[92] Both Wiseau and Sestero appeared in separate episodes on Walker's talk show, Shut Up and Talk.[93][26]

In Wiseau's 2014 sitcom pilot The Neighbors, the character Troy watches The Room in a scene.[94]

In 2015, Sestero starred in the 5-Second Films feature Dude Bro Party Massacre III, directed by Michael Rousselet, the patient zero of The Room cult movement.[55][95]

The Sunday, July 5, 2015, installment of Amy Dickinson's advice column Ask Amy unwittingly featured a hoax letter that derived its situational premise from The Room and, even after being edited for publication, retained phrases from the film's dialogue;[96] Dickinson addressed the hoax in the following Saturday's July 11 edition of the National Public Radio comedy and quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, where she appears as a regular panelist,[97] and in her July 20, 2015 column.[98][99]


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