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The vodka used in the film is Sobieski Vodka from Poland. The amber liquid, although not identified in the film, is believed to be Scotch by many fans.
Greg Sestero stated in his book The Disaster Artist that Wiseau took 32 takes to say the lines "It's not true! I did not hit her! It's bullshit! I did not. Oh, hi, Mark!" Wiseau sometimes needed cue cards to help him with his lines.
Tommy Wiseau claims to have financed the film by importing and selling leather jackets from Korea. He refuses to further elaborate on this.
According to Juliette Danielle, when Tommy Wiseau said the line "In a few minutes, bitch," everyone on the set began laughing at him. Wiseau came out of the bathroom and demanded to know what was so funny.
Shot simultaneously on 35 mm film and high-definition video. Tommy Wiseau was confused about the differences between the formats, so he used both cameras on the same mount. He also purchased the cameras, instead of renting them as film productions usually do.
Drew Caffrey, who is credited as an executive producer and casting agent, died in 1999, three years before production began.
The phrase "Oh, hi" is spoken nine times, and "Oh, hey" seven times.
A billboard for the film was erected on Highland Avenue in Los Angeles. It stayed there for five years.
After a very limited theatrical run, the film has become popular as a "midnight movie," with a cult following. Audience members dress up as the characters, throw plastic spoons at the screen, and toss footballs to each other. Tommy Wiseau attends many screenings, and holds Q&A sessions with the audience.
Unlike most movies, where the sets are generally closed while filming nude sequences, Tommy Wiseau insisted that the set be open while filming the long love scene between Lisa and Johnny.
There are seven mentions of Johnny and Mark being best friends. Often at screenings of the film, attendees loudly count these mentions.
After filming the first love scene, Wiseau decided to write in a second love scene, but the actress playing Lisa was uncomfortable. As a compromise, the second love scene between Johnny and Lisa was created from unused shots from the first love scene (which is why the candles are already lit when they arrive).
Cartoon Network's block Adult Swim aired a somewhat censored version of the film every April Fools' Day from 2009 to 2011.
Filming took over six months. In that time, two cinematographers (along with their crews) resigned and three actors left, being either recast or replaced with a completely different character.
Kyle Vogt had to leave before all his scenes were shot because of a prior acting commitment. He told Tommy Wiseau about it months prior, and Wiseau assured him filming would be wrapped by that time. That explains why his character, Peter, is not at the party at the end. Peter's lines were given to Steven (Greg Ellery), a completely new character who unexpectedly shows up at Johnny's birthday party. One of Peter's last lines is "That's it; I'm done."
Mark (Greg Sestero) is named after Matt Damon. According to Sestero, Tommy Wiseau misheard the actor's name despite his obsession with the actor.
Tommy Wiseau esoterically addressed several fan questions in a special Q&A feature filmed for the DVD release. Among these are "Why is it called 'The Room'?" (to which Wiseau replies that the title is meant to evoke a safe place for viewers) and "Why is everyone playing football in tuxedos and standing only three feet apart?" (which Wiseau doesn't answer except to say that football is fun and that playing it without protective gear is a challenge).
According to Greg Sestero's book, Tommy Wiseau insisted on having his bare bottom filmed. "I have to show my ass or this movie won't sell" was Wiseau's reasoning.
The phrases "future wife" and "future husband" are spoken thrice and once, respectively, but neither "fiancée" nor "fiancé" is.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, script supervisor Sandy Schklair claimed that it was he who actually handled the direction of the film. According to Schklair, Wiseau was too busy with his acting duties leaving Schklair to do the directing. Schklair's claim was corroborated in the article by a cast member who remained anonymous. Wiseau has denied the claim.
A lot of the film's dialogue was dubbed in, which is why there are many out-of-sync scenes, particularly those involving Johnny. Tommy Wiseau was said to be unable to memorize lines, necessitating the use of cue cards, and the sound crew was reportedly plagued with difficulties.
Greg Sestero stated in his book The Disaster Artist that Tommy Wiseau took his movie so seriously during production, that he told Sestero that the lines he wrote were so amazing that they wouldn't be able to put people to sleep. Ironically, Sestero found some truth in that.
Much of the furniture and decor for the living room set was a complete display room taken from the window of a thrift shop. The glass-top television table supported by white pillars belonged to Tommy Wiseau. When the cinematographer complained that the set was too sparsely furnished, Wiseau sent the art department out to buy new items. They returned with framed pictures of plastic spoons, which Wiseau, impatient to continue filming, ordered hung up. Plastic spoons have become a staple of midnight screenings of the film, often being thrown at the screen upon the occurrence of a spoon shot. There are thirty-four spoon shots.
Greg Sestero, who played Mark, wrote a critically acclaimed book about his friendship with Tommy Wiseau and his experiences making the film entitled "The Disaster Artist." The book was published in 2013, the 10th anniversary of the film's premiere.
Juliette Danielle was shocked by the lengthy sex scenes during a screening; she thought they were going to last a couple of seconds. In fact, Tommy Wiseau was so pleased with the sex scene footage that he wanted all of it in the film, before being talked out of it by the editor. The first sex scene between Johnny and Lisa was nearly six minutes before being cut in half.
The film contains just over 10 minutes of sex scenes.
In his book "The Disaster Artist," Greg Sestero describes being originally hired as a line producer (despite having no knowledge of what that entailed, let alone experience). However, Tommy Wiseau always intended Sestero to play Mark, and since the role was already cast he devised a scheme to force out the original actor. Sestero, originally refused the role because the love scenes made him uncomfortable. Wiseau compromised by allowing him to wear jeans.
Despite Mark and Johnny's friendship being an integral part of the story they do not talk with each other until 38 minutes into the movie.
The script was originally written as a play, then a novel.
The woman in the flower shop was not an actress but the woman who actually worked there. According to Greg Sestero, Tommy Wiseau, upon seeing the dog, asked if it was "the real thing". Tommy wanted to know if it was a real, living, actual dog.
Although the rooftop scenes were shot with green screen, an actual rooftop was available but never used during filming.
Tommy Wiseau has recorded behind the scenes in both video and audio format, with the latter being used by the tape recorder seen in the film.
Juliette Danielle was originally cast as Michelle. When the original actress cast as Lisa was fired, Danielle offered to take over the role and won it after several other actresses auditioned.
Other actors were originally cast as Michelle and Mark, but either quit or were fired. Their scenes were re-shot.
Alex Rynders, a famous movie reviewer has once quoted, "The Room (2003) is something everyone should watch at least once, it's a great family movie."
As of 2015, James Franco is currently working to develop Greg Sestero's book "The Disaster Artist" into a film.
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A common belief is that Lisa and Johnny are drinking "scotchka", but according to the script it is in fact cognac and vodka.
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Despite being the main character, Johnny (Tommy Wiseau), has less than 40 minutes of screen time.
According to "The Disaster Artist," Greg Sestero broke up with his girlfriend just before second unit filming began for outdoor scenes in San Francisco. Tommy Wiseau, to Sestero's horror, decided to use this as inspiration and wrote a few new scenes between Johnny and Mark to film in SF, such as the talk in the coffee shop and the football game in the park.
Post release Tommy Wiseau has claimed that this film was always meant to be a comedy full of so-bad-it's-good elements. The rest of the cast has cast doubt on this theory however.
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There are eight instances of the phrase "Don't worry about it", plus one "Don't worry about that", one "Don't worry about me", two "Don't worry about Johnny"s, one "Don't worry about those fuckers", and two plain old "Don't worry"s.
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Lisa says, "I don't wanna talk about it" five times: twice to Claudette, once to Johnny, once to Michelle and Steven collectively, and once to Michelle only.
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