James Franco talked learning to speak like Tommy Wiseau, staying in character to direct “The Disaster Artist,” and joining a Hollywood ukulele circle during a behind-the-scenes interview for his Variety cover shoot.
Franco said that Greg Sestero, who wrote the book “The Disaster Artist” along with Tom Bissell after co-starring in “The Room,” had saved tapes of Wiseau speaking from 20 years ago, not knowing they’d be an incredible tool for someone playing Wiseau down the road.
“Tommy recorded everything, every phone call,” Franco explained. “He’d drive around in his car and record himself and just talk to himself. And 20 years ago, Greg had taken those tapes, not knowing what he was going to do with them and not realizing they’d be the best bit of preparation for somebody playing Tommy. So he gave me those recordings — Tommy now knows I have them. It’s just Tommy, talking to himself in the most private of moments. I would just listen to tapes of Tommy talking to himself in his car from 20 years ago.”