‘Oh, hi Mark!’: Greg Sestero finally at peace with role in The Room with release of The Disaster Artist


Greg Sestero.
Greg Sestero.

IT has been 15 years since Greg Sestero made the infamously disastrous The Room, and he is finally at peace with it.

The notoriously bad 2003 flop dubbed the Citizen Kane of bad movies has since gained cult hit status with late night screenings around the world packed out with fans of the nonsensical script and dreadful acting.

Sestero made the film with his acting class buddy, the quirky and mysterious Tommy Wiseau, which strained the friendship.

Sestero wrote about the making of the film in his book The Disaster Artist, which is now a feature directed by and starring James Franco as Wiseau.

“It’s been exactly a 15 year journey (since The Room) and I feel like I’ve really made peace with it and made something my own and redeeming and I can ultimately be proud of the entire experience,” he said.

“Had I just let The Room be what it is and let that define me more, it would have been something I would have been less comfortable with.

“Here we are celebrating the experience with a great film and something that I’m proud of, so I feel like the journey is now complete.”

From the writing stages, Sestero said he envisaged the book being adapted into a film, but it was only when Franco came onboard that he was confident it would not be another The Room debacle.

“I got a really good feeling because James Franco wrote a really good review of the book in Vice and really understood the story and compared it to Boogie Nights and The Master which is really the dream if you’re going to have a movie made of your story,” he said.

“I knew he was really on point with his thoughts and goals for the movie.”

Sestero said he was still friends with Wiseau, and the two have made a second film together Best F ( r ) iends.

“The making of (The Room) was really difficult and my role was to keep everything together (and) it really tested everybody on the film,” he said.

“It wasn’t what I signed up for and when the film was released I thought it was time to take a break and move on and I never expected people to respond to the film and love it.

“Tommy and I have known each for 20 years and have been through all those ups and downs and ultimately we helped each other out in a strange way.”

The Disaster Artist screens at Luna Leederville and Luna on SX from November 30 with a wider release December 7.

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