Dave recently sat down with InStyle to speak about working with his brother, James Franco, in The Disaster Artist, his most embarrassing audition and more. You can read all about it bellow.
“At this point, there’s not much he can do that surprises me,” Dave Franco says of his brother, James. The upcoming comedy-drama The Disaster Artist, a tell-all about the making of 2003’s The Room (known as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies,” it tops most worst-films-of-all-times lists), marks the first time the Franco brothers will act together. The eldest Franco, who also directs, plays Tommy Wiseau—the enigmatic filmmaker who famously wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the box office flop-turned-cult classic—and stayed in character for the duration of shooting. “I think it just added to the whole meta weirdness of it all.”
Unkempt, dyed-jet black locks and a vaguely Eastern European accent notwithstanding, Dave kept his cool with an impressive turn as Wiseau’s co-star and IRL friend Greg Sestero, author of the book The Disaster Artist, on which the film is based. (Dave’s wife, Alison Brie, plays Sestero’s girlfriend, Amber, making it a true family affair. And pal Seth Rogen joins them onscreen too.) Here, Franco sat down to discuss his brother’s passion project (out Dec. 1), dyeing his hair blonde, and his most shameful audition story. Spoilers ahead.
Who first introduced you to The Room?
My brother [James] and I were both pretty late to the game. He actually read Greg Sestero’s book before ever seeing The Room—he’s probably the only person on the planet who did it in that order. But after reading the book, he watched the movie and then texted me and said, “If you haven’t seen this yet, watch it immediately. We need to make a movie about this.” I was working in Boston at the time, so I watched it alone in a hotel room, which is not the way to watch that movie for the first time—you watch it in a group where you can turn to people and say, “What the f-ck is going on?” So I finished that viewing feeling very unsettled, not knowing how to feel. But I eventually went to one of the infamous midnight screenings, where the audience is yelling at the screen and throwing things, and I immediately understood the cult status of the movie. Since then, I’ve seen The Room probably 25 times, which is more than I’ve seen any movie in existence.
Your character is put through the wringer during the audition process in the movie. Did you have a similar experience when you started acting?
Oh yeah, on my third audition ever, the casting director asked me to “slate” real quick. At the time, I didn’t know the terminology—it means to look a the camera and say your name—so I was like, “Sorry, say that again? I can’t quite hear.” I thought she said, “Can you sleep real quick?” So I got comfortable, leaned back, and pretended to sleep. Everyone behind the camera was so confused. I guess it shows that I wanted the part and I was willing to do anything.
November 20 Press