For fans of B-Movies, you know it doesn’t get much better than The Room by Tommy Wiseau. There are few films harder to watch (like Birdemic or Avatar), and even fewer that are more fun to riff or have more memorable lines.
You do have to give it up for Tommy, though. At least he had the balls to do what few of us would even try, and that is to finance, write, film, and star in your own movie. Grognard’s always watch a bad movie and think, “I could do better.” Well, independent people like Tommy, Neil Breen, John DeHart, and even the Palonia Brothers put their time and money where their mouth’s are and actually did it. And we are thankful.
In November, 2014, I had the pleasure of meeting Tommy at Comikazee in Los Angeles. His booth was adorned with copies of his movie, his brand of underwear, movie posters, and shirts with memorable quotes from The Room. He embraced the way his movie is perceived and decided to merchandise it and make some money from it. It worked. I walked away with an autographed Blu-Ray copy and a movie poster… And a PICTURE!
He was very friendly and talked to everyone that wanted to meet him. He would even do a live performance of “You’re tearing me apart, LISA!” upon request. When entering his booth I was greeted with a football being tossed at me, which immediately made me feel like, “Yeah, this guy gets it.”
If you ever get a chance to meet him at a con or anywhere for that matter, take the time to walk over and chat. He seemed very outgoing, friendly, and appreciative, which will make you appreciate him and his work even more.
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