Tommy Wiseau, the writer-director-star of The Room and a man whose bottom has been seen by more people than it maybe needed to, had a Sunday night of swings and roundabouts.
James Franco won the Golden Globe for Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) for his portrayal of Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, and invited him up on stage. But then, when Wiseau headed towards the microphone to speak, Franco elbowed him out of the way. Boooo!
Like, fair enough, Wiseau is a really weird dude, so giving him the microphone during a ceremony being watched live by hundreds of millions of people is maybe not the greatest of ideas.
The Los Angeles Times asked Wiseau after the ceremony what he had been planning to say if he’d been allowed to speak, and he had a nice combination of self-promotion and heartfelt sentiment: “If a lot of people loved each other, the world would be a better place to live. See The Room, have fun, and enjoy life. The American Dream is alive, and it’s real.”
That’s quite nice. It’s a pretty nice message to try and convey through James Franco’s rude pushy arm, despite Wiseau’s absurd commitment to wearing multiple belts at once, and the very real possibility that he’s a vampire.
He’s wearing three belts in that picture, and his wallet chain goes under one of them, making the whole thing even more baffling.
In terms of subjects of biopics accompanying their portrayers onstage to receive an award go, Wiseau’s probably the best there is.
Imagine if, when Forest Whitaker won the Best Actor Oscar for The Last King of Scotland, the real Idi Amin had come up on stage with him. Not only was the man a monster, he’d been dead for three years, so he’d have been even scarier.
Or, when Leonardo DiCaprio won the Oscar for The Revenant, imagine if the reanimated, mauled corpse of Hugh Glass, dead since 1833 and not in good shape even then, had accompanied him onstage. Hideous. It doesn’t really bear thinking about. Also, Hugh Glass wouldn’t like the use of the word ‘bear’ in that sentence, as he had quite a rough time with one.