Do you need to see The Room before seeing the Disaster Artist?


The Disaster Artist follows the creation of the phenomenon known as The Room. But do you need to see the original movie before seeing this one?

When it comes to The Disaster Artist, many of us are prepared to witness the insanity that continues to be Tommy Wiseau. The story of the creation of The Room is one that still baffles fans to this day. But do you have to see The Room before seeing The Disaster Artist?

In my opinion, yes. There are so many little moments that are important because I knew what was happening in the movie. James Franco does incredible as Tommy Wiseau and I think you miss a lot of his performance if you don’t know what Johnny is like. Johnny, Wiseau’s character in The Room, is iconic as is the man himself.

But does Wiseau’s eccentric behavior extend past his work in The Room? I don’t think so. I didn’t really know who he was before I saw the movie. I’d hear stories of the film but that was it. It is another thing entirely to actually see the insanity that is The Room and what went into making it.

Going into the movie knowing a little of the behind the scene going ons helped me to appreciate the work that the Franco brothers and Seth Rogen did. Seeing Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and June Diane Raphael in it was incredible (their podcast How Did This Get Made? was based on the idea of how did The Room get made).

But I knew about all of the background stuff so I can’t speak to seeing it when not knowing anything. So maybe just watch the original before taking this movie on.

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The Disaster Artist is in theaters now. This is one movie you definitely don’t want to miss. I just highly suggest that you push through and watch The Room beforehand. You won’t regret it.