Oh Hi Mark: Greg Sestero on The Disaster Artist, Tommy Wiseau and more

Oh hi Mark… you look great, you look a babyface.

There’s so much to unpack about endlessly entertaining cult favourite The Room that 14 years after it’s release people are still talking about it, cinemas around the world are still screening it, and we’re about to get a film dedicated entirely to the making of the greatest, most confusing, and strangely beautiful “disasterpiece” ever made. That film is James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, where he plays the one, and definitely only, Tommy Wiseau as he sets out with his best friend Greg Sestero (played by Dave Franco in the film) to make “real Hollywood movie”.

While he was touring Australia to promote The Disaster Artist, the real Sestero, who wrote the behind-the-scenes book upon which the film is based, kindly sat down with The Iris to talk about his journey to this point as well as his favourite nuggets of The Room trivia, how he views the film adaptation, and where he think he’d be if all those years ago he landed the role of Trip Fontaine in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, which he auditioned for before he became known to the world as “Mark” (what a story Mark).

Watch our two-part interview with Greg below, and remember: if a lot of people love each other, the worl’ would be a better place to live.

In part one, Greg talks about how writing The Disaster Artist affected his relationship with Tommy Wiseau, and why he stuck with The Room in the first place.

In the second part of our chat, Greg discusses James Franco’s adaptation and let’s us know his favourite piece of The Room trivia.

The Disaster Artist releases at Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Luna Cinemas and Cinema Nova on the 30th November and nationwide on the 7th December.


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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is an Editor-At-Large at the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.