We're very fortunate to have two experts this week joining us to discuss The Room. First off we have Steve Heisler from The AV Club who has made it his journalistic duty to learn everything he can about this disaster. Also joining us is Mark (Oh, hi Mark!), aka Greg Sestero who also worked behind-the-scenes as a producer. Tuxedo football, outdoor green screens, unnecessary double casting, Mark knows how it all came to be and he's here to share it all with us. Enjoy!
Episode 23 — The Room: Director\'s Edition
Posted 15 November 2011 - 04:21 AM
I've enjoyed so many YouTube clips of this film, and thanks to this episode, I can't wait to finally watch the full-length movie. It sounds EPIC. Any listeners want to share what their favorite scenes are? I love that the HDTGM crew played the flower shop scene twice. This episode was 'tearing me apart'... with laughter.
Posted 15 November 2011 - 05:04 AM
You're really doing yourself a disservice if you listen to this before watching the movie. Also, the Newgrounds The Room game is pretty amazing. You have to check it out, it does a good job of distilling the essence of this movie in playable form.
Posted 15 November 2011 - 05:12 AM
Amazing. Ugh-Mazing. You're my favorite podcast.
Julia, how can someone even BEGIN to chose a favorite scene? It's all glorious. The flower shop, the conversations between Lisa and her mother, the weird entrances and exits in scenes, the line delivery...You really have to let the entire film wash over you. Just soak it all in.
Posted 15 November 2011 - 08:33 AM
I'm about to listen to this podcast and everyone at work can't wait for me to bring it through, ever since I exposed them to this film last year.Just in case, you guys are keeping track of your overseas listeners, South Africa is definitely on the list. You guys are all brilliant and I can't wait to hear your comments.
@ Anne: You're right the entire thing is hilarious, but the ending is in a class of its own, especially when he humped the red dress, - I died on the spot!
Posted 15 November 2011 - 12:44 PM
I loved how Greg imitated Tommy's accent every time he talked about a conversation they had. I feel like there was SO MUCH stuff they didn't get into with Greg there. Maybe he is saving it all for his book?
And did anyone else feel like there was some holding back from Paul, Jason and June? Maybe they were being cautious with Greg there, but I expected this episode to be nuts. I was excited to hear Jason go apeshit with his anger. I would have loved for half of it to be with just them first.
Posted 15 November 2011 - 01:50 PM
It's true these DIRECTORS COMMENTARY episodes are more interviews and less of our regular rants. I see the benefits in both. However I thought Greg told some AMAZING tales that I've never heard and really gave you a lot of insight on the making of this wonderful disaster. Also Robin you are right, Greg couldn't get too into detail as his book publisher needed him to be selective with the stories that he told. Suffice to say the stuff we heard off air will make an amazing book.
Posted 15 November 2011 - 07:00 PM
So happy to have another excuse to watch this epic! It is true that it holds up to repeated viewings- or at least skipping the sex scenes and stock exteriors...Favorite scene? Just so hard to choose from the sublime flower shop to the acting tour-de-force of the final scene or the deft psychoanalysis dialogue related to the feminine mystique. Great to hear Jason's virgin experience of it too...I only wish that story of the guy who claimed to really direct The Room had been brought up...See Proudly Resents for that and check out this typically cagey and guarded interview with Tommy:
Posted 15 November 2011 - 10:45 PM
@Ghost There's also another episode in which they interview the REAL director of the movie- Tommy never gave him credit. This seems to hold up because Greg briefly mentioned that Tommy had someone stand in for him as director when he was acting in a scene (which was most scenes).
Picking apart this movie never gets old. Can't wait for the book.
Has anyone ever heard from the actress that plays Lisa? Poor girl.
Posted 16 November 2011 - 12:05 AM
There's a cinema in London (just off Leicester Square) called Prince Charles Cinema where they regularly show this - if you're ever in town you can find it here and more than likely catch a showing:
I've teased myself repeatedly with Youtube clips and not yet seen the main event but goddamn, it's right up at the top of the list. Thanks for the episode!