“I have thoughts. Not exactly the same as you, but similar. They tell me that I’m fat or psychotherapy is… is not a worthwhile exercise, that it’s not real, that I should’ve aimed higher than a government job, that my potential is being squandered, that I’m unworthy of love.”
“But none of that’s true. So what do you do about it?”
“Well, I can't shut them off entirely, nor would I want to. But I can argue against them.”
In a sense, “The Disaster Artist” could be the master class on how not to make a movie. But that’s a pretty elaborate in-joke on which to squander the casting of the film’s lead role, especially when any number of genuinely great actors would have leapt at the opportunity to mock their profession. That much is clear from the caliber of performer drawn to participate in the movie’s tiniest roles: Sharon Stone shows up as Sestero’s agent. Bryan Cranston plays himself. Judd Apatow (who effectively discovered Franco on “Freaks and Geeks”) appears as an easily peeved Hollywood producer. Seth Rogen depicts exasperated script supervisor Sandy Schklair. The great Jacki Weaver wrestles with an impossible line (“I got the results of the test back, I definitely have breast cancer”). An unrecognizable Zac Efron plays the over-actor responsible for playing menacing gangster Chris-R in “The Room.” And Josh Hutcherson hilariously embodies the 27-year-old whom Wiseau cast as a mentally disabled teen. (And that doesn’t even include those like Zach Braff and J.J. Abrams who endorse Wiseau’s magnum faux-pus in the film’s prologue.)
The Disaster Artist received a stranding ovation at SXSW, was trending with top tweets from the festival and is being hailed as Franco’s best film to date.
Lionsgate has set a February 6 release date for The Voices. It will be available in select theaters and on VOD. Hopefully we see a trailer soon.
The dark comedy festival hit is directed by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and written by Michael R. Perry (Paranormal Activity 2). Ryan Reynolds stars alongside Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton and Jacki Weaver.
Likeable Jerry stumbles innocently into the role of a killer, guided along the way by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog.