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Mar 26th
11:40 pm
On the set of The Greatest Showman + Disaster Artist at SXSW  
The Greatest Showman

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The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist premiered in SXSW and got great feedback and reviews so far.

Zac role is very small so he's not mentioned in all reviews (plus there are only a handful of festival reviews so far) but here are a few examples...

James Franco, meanwhile, makes for a terrific double threat. While he’s clearly having a blast in the role of his career, he’s also a generous director who gives his all-star ensemble — which also includes the likes of Judd Apatow, Megan Mullally, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Bryan Cranston and Jacki Weaver — ample opportunity to shine.

An unrecognizable Zac Efron plays the over-actor responsible for playing menacing gangster Chris-R in “The Room.”

It’s the smaller cameo roles like Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, Jacki Weaver, and Nathan Fillion in particular that take the film to another level that’s at times befitting of the film’s former title The Masterpiece.

Screen Anarchy
There is also much fun to be had in spotting the countless cameos along the way, the funniest being Zac Efron, who plays the ‘actor’ who plays the intimidating roughneck with the humorously non-frightening name; Chris R. Who is the other Chris warranting a last name initial distinction?

The supporting cast is great, from those playing people fans of The Room will recognize like Josh Hutcherson as Philip Haldiman (Denny), Zac Efron as Dan Janjigian (Chris-R), Jacki Weaver as Carolyn Minnot (Lisa's mom) and Nathan Fielder as Kyle Vogt (Peter) to those playing people behind the scenes, like Seth Rogen as Script Supervisor Sandy Schklair, Jason Mantzoukas as one of the camera rental people and pretty much anybody that's funny in a walk on.

Next Projection
The Disaster Artist packs a surprisingly emotional punch. It also accounts for the film’s insane supporting cast, which is one of the best ensembles the medium has seen in years. Seth Rogen, Zach Efron, Alison Brie, Melanie Griffith, Sharon Stone, Judd Apatow, Hannibal Buress, Jacki weaver and countless others weave in and out of the story as various important pieces in the puzzle.


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cindiest on March 27th, 2017 06:31 am (UTC)
It brightens my heart when he gets good reviews. He is worthy of them
kleth on March 27th, 2017 04:17 pm (UTC)
But where to see this film. Anyone have any info on its wider release?
Beejeezbee on March 27th, 2017 06:16 pm (UTC)
New Line (WB) owns the distribution rights but hasn't set a release date yet. There was talk if they might sell them to a different distributor because this movie while great is a bit hard to market (not their usual broad comedy) but there has been no update on it since then. Hence, either we'll hear about a release date from WB at some point or news about a new distributor next - when? nobody knows. Either way, I think this movie would probably be best served if released in the slower autumn months like September, so I wouldn't expect it to come out soon-ish.