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Dec 8th
11:16 am
Zac to cameo in 'The Disaster Artist'  
From THR's Borys Kit:
Zac Efron is reteaming with his Neighbors cohort Seth Rogen for The Disaster Artist, New Line’s making-of movie about the 2003 drama The Room, widely considered one of the worst movies of all time.

Rogen is one of the stars of Disaster Artist and producing it with his Point Grey Pictures partner Evan Goldberg, Vince Jolivette and Good Universe.

James Franco is directing and also starring in the movie which is based on a 2013 book by Greg Sestero, who starred in Room, and Tom Bissell.

New Line’s movie is planned as a buddy comedy about two outsiders who embark on a delusional journey to make their dreams come true.

Franco is starring as the eccentric Tommy Wiseau, the director and star of the 2003 drama, which developed a strong cult following, including among celebrities who loved it in a "so bad it's good" way.

Wiseau had no filmmaking experience when he set out to write, direct and produce The Room, which centers on a man named Johnny whose fiancee, Lisa, cheats on him with his best friend, Mark.

Dave Franco is playing Sestero, the actor who played Mark in Room.

The movie began shooting Monday in Los Angeles, adding Ari Graynor, Jacki Weaver, Hannibal Buress and Andrew Santino.

The movie is also attracting high-profile celebs who are fans of Room, with Josh Hutcherson and Kate Upton already on board for a parts.

In a cameo, Efron will play a drug dealer.

FTR, Zac is likely playing the Dan Janjigian who played the drug dealer, Chris-R. In the original movie, Chris-R attacks Denny for drug money owed. Denny's actor, Philip Haldiman, will be played by Josh Hutcherson. You can see this clip under the cut, be prepared for lolz.

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Bee: Zac - WAYF Portraitjeezbee on December 8th, 2015 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yay! I wanted him to have a cameo in that movie and got it. I even looked at script pages a while ago to see if there is anything suitable.

Now, I didn't want him to have any significant part (because honestly, I'm not sure how this movie will do at the bo and he has enough comedies already) but a cameo is zero risk and I think this could potentially become a cult movie. Also, the premise while not super commercial is sort of interesting, the book it's based on is supposedly pretty good and the screenwriters who adapted it are good too.

I like that it's another movie on his IMDb, hopefully something funny for him to do, another indicator that he's accepted in the Rogen & co crew, 1 or 2 days of work which doesn't impact any of his other projects... I really don't see any downsides but only potential upsides.

Edited at 2015-12-08 05:40 pm (UTC)
kleth on December 8th, 2015 09:06 pm (UTC)
Yes. A cameo is a good move (provided, of course, that he performs it well). Zac gets noticed for his acting and all the other parameters of his history and image get ignored. Recall all the good press he got for his cameo in that Josh Radner movie he shot in Ohio several years ago.

"...another indicator that he's accepted in the Rogen & co crew"

Accepted isn't the right word. They love him, as hinted in many of the interview comments beginning with Neighbors I and all the teasing to which they subject him. And who can blame them?

Zac is smart enough to go along with this hazing. I think he admires Rogen and what the hell, the match-up got him his biggest box-office success.

Edited at 2015-12-08 09:14 pm (UTC)
WAYF2015IloveDjZac on December 8th, 2015 05:43 pm (UTC)
Aliciapop86 on December 8th, 2015 06:36 pm (UTC)
Good for Zac.

Too bad they couldn't get Jennifer Lawrence to play the girl. The original actress looks like her.
Bee: Zac - GQ - Lying on Car 1jeezbee on December 8th, 2015 07:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks for adding that scene. I haven't seen the movie (yet) but it really looks as lulz as its reputation.

[Spoiler (click to open)]If they stick to the version of the script pages I have, the filming of this scene should be included in a condensed, shortened version. I can't wait to see that.

I'm really surprised how thrilled everyone how knows The Room and is looking forward to The Disaster Artist is about Zac's casting. A nice surprise I should say.
dewgdewg on December 8th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
The book is awesome and the project could be promising if it wasn’t James Franco ego and involvement, by the news seems like James Franco isn't doing this by what is right for the project, seems like he’s doing it to give his friends a opportunity to reunite and have some fun, and yeah, all his last movies are like this actually, and all of them are criticized by this, it's like a festival of miscast

It's weird because I think Zac Efron would be nice as Greg Sestero, while Chris-R could be made by someone as Channing Tatum, Tommy Wiseau is the hardest role and could be played by someone as Joaquin Phoenix, James Franco I think that would be my last choice

Some scenes like Tommy deciding to be a underwear model just because Greg is will be nonsense because James Franco isn’t that ugly while Dave isn’t THAT good looking, the have pretty much the same face, and they’re already looking like they’re just cosplaying the characters
Bee: Zac - People Sex - Flipped Collar 1jeezbee on December 8th, 2015 11:05 pm (UTC)
I think Zac shouldn't be a problem because it's just such a small role and as long as he captures Dan's over the top performance, he should be fine. But just based on watching the clip above, I agree that Channing would have probably made a good Chris-R too.

I assume you've seen the pic of James & Dave in character already. To me they look close enough but I have no idea if they fit performance-wise, so I'll take your word for it. I can understand the concern about casting James & friends (and the general weariness about James directing and producing); I guess based on the little I know, turning it into a bit broader comedy might have been the only viable option commercially (and even then I'm pretty skeptical about its prospect as I hinted at in my earlier comment). This movie might have been better off as an indie but who knows if they would have gotten financing then at all.

I definitely think this is a project which is a bit more risky in approach/topic and can go either way, which is one reason why I'm glad Zac has only a cameo (because that won't hurt him if it ends up being crap). But it might end up pretty good; Seth & co pulled off This is the End which had also a ridiculous premise and many people were skeptical about it. Who knows.... fingers crossed I guess.