Tommy Wiseau brings ‘The Room’ to Whitman

Mallory Martin

This past Saturday, Dec. 3, saw students lining up to get into the WEB-sponsored Q&A with famed flop director Tommy Wiseau and a screening of his magnum opus, “The Room.”

The mood in the Maxey auditorium was rowdy and eager. Most of the viewers were first-timers, but that didn’t stop them from adding shout-outs throughout the film. “The Room” is watched much like the cult-classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which WEB screened earlier this semester. Audience members are encouraged to participate with the film by periodically throwing spoons at the screen, chanting at the Golden Gate Bridge and yelling out callbacks after key lines or whenever they feel like it.

“This kind of thing, I think, is great to get the school together,” said first-year Claire Skach after the screening. “It gives people a common, safe and funny experience to share.”

“I enjoyed it immensely,” added first-year Theo Ciszewski. “It was a hilarious experience.”

As fun as the movie was, it was glaringly apparent that director Tommy Wiseau’s appearance was what truly made the event. Senior Nick Michal, WEB’s cinema director and the coordinator for the event, expected nothing less.

“Once I decided that I wanted to show the film, I knew I had to go for broke and try to get Tommy Wiseau to come for the screening,” said Michal of his efforts. “He’s the mastermind behind the movie: the director, producer, writer and star: and if a movie this ridiculous has so much of one person in it, it would have to be fascinating to have him talk about the film and answer questions.”

Wiseau spoke for a bit before the film, as well as taking photographs, signing various items and answering questions afterwards. It’s been said that he has always leaned towards mystery, and this evening was no different. Often choosing to answer students’ queries with long, unrelated and rambling answers, he would disclose little about himself or his film. He did, however, offer students interested in film or “anything else” some personal advice.

“Art is you, me, they as a community. Anything can be art. Let go and have fun. Never call yourself an amateur, that puts you down and puts you in a category,” said Wiseau.

The final question, which nobody seemed able to ask or answer, was whether Wiseau is aware that his “great art” is famous for being a laughingstock or whether he truly thinks he’s made a masterpiece.