From left: Tommy, Greg, and the GM. I was a little far away.
Last night, I went to a screening of The Room, and Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero were visiting!
We got there about an hour early and were chatting with the general manager of the theater and some regulars of the screenings. We discussed how Tommy doesn’t get why people think his film is funny, as well as Greg’s upcoming book.
After about 20 minutes, Tommy and Greg walked through the front door and started saying hello to everyone! Well, at least Tommy did. You could tell from the start that Greg did not want to be there. Anyway, Tommy was shaking hands with everyone, and when he got to my friend Zach, something happened and Zach’s football dropped to the floor. Tommy immediately went after it and we ended up throwing the football around for a couple minutes with everyone there before setting up for the meet and greet.
Tommy was very friendly. He joked around a bit with everyone, and after each picture, gave people a moment to look at it and make sure they were happy with everything. For being such a weird guy, he really was pretty cool and not caught up in his “fame”. I concluded at the end of the night that Tommy knew The Room was a hit, but didn’t understand why people thought it was funny.
My signed shirt.
Greg, on the other hand, was a bit moody. I think he knows the movie is bad and is getting sick of the screenings, getting made fun of, and Tommy’s ignorant bliss. He wasn’t sociable at all, stepped away a lot to look at his phone, and didn’t say much when anybody talked to him, even if it was serious. One girl just asked when the book was supposed to come out, and he just said “Sometime soon” and that was that.
I got three pictures with them. However, in two, some random guy was standing with us because Tommy thought we knew him. In the only good one, I have no pupils.
The Q&A before the film was a good time, but Tommy got inexplicably fed up with people about halfway through. Greg maintained his indifference. However, they did talk about an animated version of The Room, the next Wiseau/Sestero film entitled Foreclosure, and Tommy’s upcoming underwear line.
They left and didn’t stay for the screening, but it was still fun. Everyone in the audience was pretty cool, and having it be so interactive helped me see a lot of funny things I never did before (plus, some of the commentary was priceless).
If any screenings of The Room take place near you, I would recommend going, whether Tommy and Greg are there or not. The Room is quite the cult obsession, and attending one of these screenings really brings out the peculiar togetherness of that.