Dave Franco Would Love to Get Tommy Wiseau to the Oscars

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Vanity Fair released an article yesterday which features Dave (and with it, we got a brand new photoshoot). In the article which you can read bellow, Dave speaks about The Disaster Artist, working with brother James, their production company and much more!

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At one point while making The Disaster ArtistDave Franco filmed a scene in which he had to calm down his brother, James Franco, who was—in character—thrashing around a film set nude, save for a small, strategically-placed piece of cloth; a wavy black wig; and enough facial prosthetics to make him look like “a vampire Frankenstein.”

“That was a strange scene to shoot, for obvious reasons,” laughs Dave, 32, as he leads me up Griffith Mountain on a hike he regularly takes with his wife, Alison Brie. “My brother was only wearing a cock sock throughout the entirety of the scene. That was actually the first day that Alison came to set, so that was the first thing that she witnessed. In that moment, she kind of succumbed to the fact that this movie was going to be strange and like nothing she had ever seen before.”

The Disaster Artist, which is directed by James and out in wide release Friday, is a comedy chronicling the making of 2003’s The Room—the film written by, starring, and directed by Tommy Wiseau, which has been christened both the worst movie ever made and, in the years since, a cult classic. The Disaster Artist recasts The Room as a triumph of the human spirit—proof that two wide-eyed dreamers can make a movie, no matter how nonsensical the plot, how disjointed the dialogue, and how inexperienced its 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 to be such a masterpiece that he screened it during the Oscar consideration window. Dave plays Wiseau’s best friend Greg Sesteros, a naïve actor swept up in Wiseau’s deluded optimism, who helps make The Room. (After seeing the film, the real Wiseau told Dave that Greg was “20 percent dorkier” than how Dave played him. “I don’t know exactly how to interpret that, but it’s a good note,” grins Dave.)

Though James has the flashier role, Dave has the more difficult one—keeping a straight face through his brother’s in-character hysterics and tethering Planet Tommy to reality, acting as Tommy’s go-between to less-deluded characters and the audience’s sympathetic stand-in. Because Dave finds this tricky balance, in his best performance to date, The Disaster Artist lands as the rare comedy that is as heartwarming as it is hilarious. And because of A24’s canny distribution strategy, the film is getting a glossy December 8 rollout—after earning rapturous reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival—and being positioned as an awards-season dark horse.

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Dave Franco talks “The Disaster Artist” and working with brother James

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Dave recently sat down with WWD where he spoke about The Disaster Artist, watching The Room and his family. The full interview can be found bellow and under the cut, plus we’ve added outtakes from the photoshoot to the gallery.

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Dave Franco has racks of Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren and Gucci set out before him — and an awards season-bait film to discuss — but before he can get to that, there are cat videos to be seen.

When the topic of feline companions comes up mid-shoot, a small frenzy ensues. Franco pulls up a video on his phone: The camera pans over to the two striped tabbies, brothers Harry and Arturo, lovingly grooming each other.

It’s another side of the youngest Franco brother, who is perched for a major breakthrough.

Franco arrives to his photo shoot wearing black jeans and a vintage-style T-shirt from Kelly Cole’s Los Angeles flagship, near where he lives with his wife of half a year, actress Alison Brie, and, yes, two cats. The 32-year-old is polite and approachable, friendly but reserved in the way many actors are while in the thick of press — and for his latest project, there’s been a lot of it.

Franco and his brother, James, are the stars of “The Disaster Artist,” a quirky biopic about the relationship between two best friends, actors Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau, who costar in “The Room.” The film is regarded — unofficially — as being the worst film ever made since its 2003 premiere.

Directed by James in-character as the eccentric, long-haired Wiseau, “The Disaster Artist” is based on Sestero’s 2013 memoir “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Film Ever Made.” It marks Franco’s first major project with James, who called him after reading Sestero’s book several years ago and implored his younger brother — filming in Boston at the time — to watch “The Room.”

“I watched the movie by myself in a hotel room, which is not the way to watch that movie for the first time just because you want a group of people you can turn to and say ‘What the hell is going on?’” recalls Franco, reclined on a love seat in Midtown Manhattan. “But soon after that I went to one of the midnight screenings, where people are yelling at the screen and throwing spoons, and I immediately understood the cult status of the movie.”
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Dave Franco and James Franco visit TwitterHQ

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Right after his appearance on Ellen, Dave visited TwitterHQ with his brother and The Disaster Artist director/co-star James Franco. The duo sat down for a Q&A, which you can watch bellow.


(Video) Dave Franco on Ellen

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Dave was this past Friday (December 1) on Ellen, where not only he spoke about The Disaster Artist but also about his cats. Spoiler alert? We got some cat footage! You can watch a clip from the talk show bellow.

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Dave and James visit Capital Radio Studios and Lorraine

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Hello Dave fans! Now that the Franco boys are in London, they’re out and about promoting The Disaster Artist. This morning they stopped by Capital Radio Studios before making an appearance on the british talk show, Lorraine! Photos have been added to our gallery, thanks to my friend Gabby from saoirse-ronan.com, and you can watch a clip from Lorraine bellow where the boys speak of the first time Tommy Wiseau watched the movie.

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Dave Franco on working in “The Disaster Artist”

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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.
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