Tommy Wiseau

Tommy Wiseau

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About

Tommy Wiseau is an American director, screenwriter, producer and actor[1] who is best known for directing, producing, writing, and starring in the 2003 independent romantic drama film The Room, which has become a cult classic for being one of the worst movies ever made.

Online History

Tommy Explains it All

On June 1st, 2011, the YouTube channel TommyExplainsItAll[2] was created. The channel houses the webseries Tommy Explains it All which features Wiseau talking to the camera on a variety of subjects ranging from acting to kissing. The first episode, which was uploaded on October 13th, 2013, covers the classic film Citizen Kane, as of July 2014 the video has gained over 5,000 views. The 9th and final episode, which was uploaded on October 23rd, 2013, was titled “Secrets To Success.” As of July 2014, the video has gained over 18,000 views.



The Tommy-Wi Show

On September 24th, 2011, YouTube channel Machinima[3] uploaded the first episode of the web series The Tommy-Wi Show which features Wiseau playing and discussing video games. The first video focused on Mortal Kombat and as of July 2014, has gained over 490,000 views. The series ran for ten episodes concluding with “Fight Night Champion” uploaded on January 8th, 2012, which has gained over 83,000 views as of July 2014.

Reputation

The Room

In 2001, Wiseau completed The Room as a play, and decided to turn it into a movie as well. After writing the script himself, he amassed $6 million according to an interview with Entertainment Weekly.[4]

The filmmaker has always refused to discuss where he got the movie’s $6 million budget, but he now hints that at least some of the money came from a clothing import business. ‘’I tell you a little bit, but that’s it,‘’ he says. ’’We import from Korea the leather jackets that we design here in America. If you work, you have to save money, right? I didn’t get money from the sky. I was preparing, let’s put it this way.’’

The film premiered at the Laemmle Theatre in Los Angeles on June 27th, 2003.

It went on to become a cult classic, with midnight showings in the style of Rocky Horror screenings popping up in major cities soon after its release. In February of 2014, James Franco announced[5] he would be directing a film about the making of The Room. In June of 2014, it was announced his younger brother Dave Franco would also star in the film.

Neighbors

On January 13th, 2009, YouTuber lucienpsinger[6] uploaded a trailer for Wiseau’s upcoming workplace sitcom Neighbors, which also starred Wiseau. As of July 2014, the video has gained over 390,000 views.



On July 14th, 2014, Wiseau uploaded a new clip from the sitcom, renamed The Neighbors through the YouTube channel The Neighbors.[7] The clip features a woman entering an “underwear party” and continues with a shot of the party, with little of the dialogue audible. Within 48 hours the clip gained over 46,000 views. The sitcom is scheduled to debut sometime in September 2014. The nonsensical clip and announcement of the show’s upcoming release was covered by many sites including IndieWire[8] and The AV Club.[9]



Wiseau released an equally nonsensical summary of the show and pilot on its website.[10]



Personal Life

Little is known about Wiseau’s personal life. However, Wiseau has claimed to have grown up in New Orleans, Louisiana, moving back and forth between the United States and Europe throughout his life.

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