I didn't see a topic about this so-called "greatest bad movie of all time". Now that James Franco's The Disaster Artist is getting some critical acclaim and success I think it's time to talk about this movie. And those that are not familiar with The Disaster Artist - it is based on a book about making The Room and about the driving force behind that project - director and actor Tommy Wiseau. It was written by co-star Greg Sestero. That book also gathered some critical acclaim.
The Room that originally came out in 2003 on the other hand has not gathered any critical acclaim, but it has however become a cult classic. Last night I watched this movie online and I have to say that it is actually one of the worst movies I have ever seen and I am glad that I didn't pay to see it. Although I must admit that it was pretty enjoyable to watch, especially because of Wiseau's non-existent acting skills. Some scenes are legendary. Still, this is a one star movie.
What is more interesting than the movie is the story behind it and the mystical nature of Tommy Wiseau. Wikipedia article about The Room and Tommy are pretty expansive and there is many speculative topics about him in forums like Reddit and such. However, not much was known about this man until very recently.
It's obvious that he originates from Europe - I would say Poland, but there isn't much else that could be confirmed if you don't have proper authority to see his immigration papers. His age can only be speculated. I would say he is at least 60. He also seems to lie about everything and sometimes there isn't any consistency in his stories.
The most intriguing part is his wealth. Before starting to sell jeans he seemed to work a variety of low paying jobs. Somehow he managed to raise enough money to make a 6-7 million dollar movie (even this sounds pretty high considering really low production values) and it appears that he owns at least one building in San Francisco.
There's much in this case that seems rather fishy. Whole thing seems to be some kind of pyramid scheme or hoax. I mean considering that The Room is so bad movie - how much money can you make out of it.