Greg Sestero returns to Vancouver’s Rio for screening of The Room

Tommy Wiseau’s best friend is coming back to Vancouver where it all started.

Greg Sestero, actor and author of The Disaster Artist, will be back at Vancouver’s Rio Theatre this week to screen fan favourite The Room and share a sneak peek of his and Wiseau’s latest collaboration, Best F(r)iends.

Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau in The Room. Credit: Wiseau Films

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Greg Sestero (left, as Mark) and Tommy Wiseau (as Johnny) star in The Room.

Sestero famously starred as Mark in the 2003 American independent feature-length film The Room. The drama was written, directed, produced by and stars Wiseau as a San Francisco-based banker whose fiancee Lisa cheats on him with Mark.

The $6-million film was bankrolled by Wiseau himself and served as a vanity project of sorts. It is often heralded as the worst film ever made due to its choppy editing, melodramatic dialogue and delivery, plot holes and poor set design but has since rallied a cult following of viewers at midnight screenings and fan events around the world.

Sestero later co-wrote a memoir titled The Disaster Artist in 2013, which shared tidbits from behind the scenes and explained his strange friendship with the elusive and private Wiseau.

In 2013, Sestero hosted a screening of The Room at Vancouver’s Rio that was attended by actor James Franco who was in town shooting The Interview. It was Franco’s first time seeing The Room.

Franco enjoyed the crowd experience so much, he later sought Sestero’s memoir to use as inspiration for a film of the same name. The Disaster Artist is now in theatres and has since netted a Golden Globe nomination for Best Comedy and Best Actor (Franco).

Best F(r)iends is the latest collaboration between Wiseau and Sestero. The film is directed by Vancouver’s Justin MacGregor, who also met Sestero for the first time at the Rio.

“We did the opposite of what Tommy did with The Room,” said MacGregor.

“He had all that money, and then – God bless that movie, we all love it – he made something godawful. We’ve done quite the opposite. We had nothing, and with good story and good filmmaking and good creative minds coming together, we’ve done something we’re proud of.”

Screenings scheduled for Jan. 13 and 14 are sold out, but a new screening has been added on Jan. 15. Ticket information and other details

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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