In a while while The Disaster Artist Dave Franco filmed a scene in which he had to calm his brother, James Franco, who was -in his character -revolving around a naked set, keep a small piece of cloth strategically placed; a wavy black wig; and enough facial prosthetics to make him look like "a Frankenstein vampire."
"That was a strange scene to shoot, for obvious reasons," laughs Dave, 32, as he leads me up Griffith Mountain on a regular walk with his wife, Alison Brie. "My brother only wore a rooster's sock in the whole scene," Dave continues. "That was actually the first day that Alison came to be established, so that was the first thing she witnessed." At that moment, she almost succumbed to the fact that this movie was going to be strange and did not look like anything she had seen before. "
The Disaster Artist, directed by James and released in large format on Friday. , is a comedy that narrates the making of 2003 The Room the film written, starring and directed by Tommy Wiseau that has been named the worst movie ever made and, over the years since then, a cult clbadic. The Disaster Artist revisits The Room as a triumph of the human spirit, proof that two open-eyed dreamers can make a film, no matter how crazy the plot, how disconnected the dialogue is, and its inexperienced filmmaker.
In The Disaster Artist, James plays Wiseau, a real-life enigma who claims to be from New Orleans, despite his thick Eastern European accent, and who believed The Room as a masterpiece that was projected during the Oscar's consideration window. Dave plays the best friend and co-star of Wiseau Greg Sesteros, a naive actor dragged down by the deceived optimism of Wiseau, who helps make The Room. (After watching the movie, the real Wiseau told Dave that Greg was "20 percent more dumb" than Dave. "I do not know exactly how to interpret that, but it's a good note," smiles Dave)  Although James has the most striking role, Dave has the most difficult: maintaining a serious face through the hysteria of his brother's character and uniting Planet Tommy to reality, acting as his intermediary between the least excited characters and the public. Because Dave finds the ultimate balance, in his best performance to date, the film works as a clever and moving comedy. And because of A24's clever distribution strategy, The Disaster Artist gets a brilliant performance on December 8, after gaining enthusiastic reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, and positioning himself as a dark horse of the awards season.
"When we started doing it, we knew there was a possibility that nobody would see it because it's based on The Room, that most people in the world have never heard," says Dave. "The fact that people are responding as they have been is surreal, we could not be happier."
Although Dave can not process The Disaster Artist successfully awards the hype- USA Today published an article last week entitled, "Why?" James Franco and Seth Rogen's biggest bet could send them to the Oscars, "the actor admits that one aspect of reaching the ceremony is incredibly tempting.
"Honestly, what excites me the most is the idea of taking Tommy Wiseau to the Oscars," says Dave, taking a minute to imagine the scenario: Wiseau finally got the result he imagined for ] The Room after having suffered almost 15 years of ridiculous and so evil is-good notoriety. "What a beautiful story it would be," says Dave. "It just makes me smile to think it."
It would have been easy for the brothers Franco ridicule T ommy and The Room in The Disaster Artist. But James and Dave did not want to tell the story from the obvious perspective, which is part of the reason why Wiseau himself has been on board to help promote The Disaster Artist -participating in interviews of press and appears in the premieres.
"The first time we met Tommy face to face was in the middle of production … and he was very sweet and shy in an endearing way," says Dave. "I think he acknowledged that we were treating his story with respect, instead of taking the easy route, where I think a lot of people would tackle these kinds of movies and try to make fun of Tommy and The Room and everyone involved. It was never our intention, we wanted it to be a love letter for him and for people who pursue their dreams and do not accept a no for an answer. "
However, in typical Wiseau fashion, the filmmaker was not content to recreate his story. for mbad audiences of well-known actors, he demanded, in his contract, to perform with James Franco at some point in the film. Hence the post-credit sequence in which Wiseau in real life collides with James-as-Wiseau at a rooftop party and makes a hilariously forced talk.
"It's completely improvised," Dave explains. "Tommy ended up hitting my brother at the scene and inviting him to go home with him, when you take a step back, that's even weirder because my brother is playing Tommy, so he's basically hitting himself."
As in the case of the film, Dave explains: "There are so many meta and strange levels."
Another layer of meta-reality is that the film, about a kind of brotherhood, presents the Franco brothers as co-stars for the first time. In a way, it seems poetic that, when the brothers finally collaborated, the badociation produced the best criticisms any brother had ever received.
"From the beginning of my career, I made the conscious decision to separate from him in terms of work because I did not want to be mentioned as James Franco's little brother for the rest of my life," explains Dave, who is seven. years younger than James. They are also separated by another brother, Tom (who has a secret cameo in The Disaster Artist ). Although James approached Dave over the years offering him parts, Dave constantly rejected the papers, mostly by text message. However, with The Disaster Artist, says Dave, "it felt like not only at the right time, but in the right project and the right character, we both really relate to these guys, strangely enough Look like they represent all the actors that come to Los Angeles "
Like Greg, Dave says he spent his early years as an actor in Hollywood with the impression that every project he booked would be a masterpiece.
"He" We were in sets where we thought everything was fine to the point where people were talking about the awards in the movie, "Dave explains." I bought in the drum and then the movie came out and not only It was good, it was complete bullshit. "
While Dave adapted to the industry's regular tears, his naivety faded.
" As an actor, I probably read 100 scripts per year, and maybe there are two or three to those who really responded, and wanted to fight, but all the other actors in the city also responded to those two or three scripts. "Dave says, one of those papers was the part in Little Miss Sunshine that finally went to Paul Dano -like it should have, adds Dave, who says that Dano was" much better " of what I would do "have ever been".
From The Disaster Artist, it seems that both Dave and his brother have experienced an artistic awakening. They co-created a production company called Ramona Films, named after the street where they grew up, and have begun to develop films that vary in gender and budget, but that represent "something we have never seen on the screen before".
After finishing the walk, we moved to a picnic table in Griffith Park and ordered peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. ("I know it sounds weird, but they're really good," Dave tells me at the park cafe.) Visibly excited when he talks about Ramona Films, Dave explains that before The Disaster Artist he and James never talked about the job. Now they are only realizing that they complement the artistic tendencies of others. "In general, James is prone to say yes to everything and I'm prone to say no," Dave explains. "I think the influence I had on him is to slow him down and be more conscientious about the projects he decides to undertake, on the other hand, he has made me not be so quick in my judgments and realize the potential in certain projects "
Currently, Dave seems to be personally as well as professionally accomplished. He and Brie (who plays Greg's girlfriend in The Disaster Artist ) were married in a discreet ceremony at the end of February. "There's something that feels better, more established," Dave says of the marriage. "I have my person now, and there is something very comforting about that."
Dave was the first to marry his brothers, and he admits that the milestone could have had an impact on James: "I know it inspired something like change in him, where he has started to slow down and start valuing a little more his Personal life. "
He and Brie are homemakers who enjoy watching a movie every night at the house they are renovating and sharing with their loved ones cats, Harry and Arturo. ("I thought I could end this interview without mentioning my cats," Dave laments, shaking his head.) After the walk, he tells me he has a pre-interview for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and he head to San Francisco the next day for more promotion.
Dave's first job was working at a family video store in Palo Alto when he was 14 years old. Because it was illegal for him to work so young, he was paid essentially for free rentals, and he remembers movies like Stand by Me and Fight Club which sparked the understanding that he wanted to make movies . Years later, when he moved to Los Angeles, he says that his brother's manager put it together to take an acting clbad.
"I just wanted to find a way to make movies, and it happened through acting," says Dave. . "But it could have been on different routes."
That Dave is finally making movies, in any capacity, is all he ever wanted. And he's so excited about how The Disaster Artist turned out he does not care how long it lasts in the award talks. "I swear, if everything ends now, I love the movie and that's all I could ask for," he tells me.
Performing The Disaster Artist with his wife, brother and friends was such a rewarding experience that he only expects one thing in the future: "People ask me what I want to do within 5 or 10 years, and the real answer is that I hope I'm doing exactly what I'm doing right. " now, working with my friends and family on projects. "
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