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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
The phrase "Oh, hi" is spoken nine times, the phrase "Don't worry about it" eight times, and "Oh, hey" seven times.
Drew Caffrey, who is credited as an executive producer and casting agent, died in 1999, three years before production began.
Unlike most movies, where the sets are generally closed while filming nude sequences, Wiseau insisted that the set be open while filming the long love scene between Lisa and Johnny.
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.
There are seven mentions of Johnny and Mark being best friends. Often at screenings of the film, attendees loudly count these mentions.
Cartoon Network aired a somewhat censored version of the film every April Fools' Day from 2009 to 2011.
Kyle Vogt had to quit the film because of a prior acting commitment. He told Tommy Wiseau about it months prior, though Tommy assured him filming would be a wrap by that time. That explains why his character, Peter, is not at the party at the end. Peter's lines were given to Greg Ellery, who unexpectedly shows up at Johnny's birthday party. One of Peter's last lines is "That's it; I'm done."
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).
The phrases "future wife" and "future husband" are spoken thrice and once, respectively, but neither "fiancée" nor "fiancé" is.
Filming took over six months.
A lot of the film's dialogue audio was dubbed in, which is why there are many out-of-sync scenes, particularly those involving Johnny.
Greg Sestero was originally hired as a line producer. But when the original actor cast as Mark quit the film, Wiseau persuaded Sestero to take over the role. According to Sestero, he at first turned the role down because the love scene made him uncomfortable. He explains that this is why he is wearing jeans during that scene.
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.
The script was originally written as a play, then a novel.
Much of the furniture and decor for the main "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 Wiseau.
Juliette Danielle was originally cast as Michelle. She ended up replacing the original actress who was cast as Lisa.
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.
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.
Other actors were originally cast as Michelle and Mark, but they quit the film due to creative differences. Their scenes were re-shot.
Mark (Greg Sestero) is named after Matt Damon. According to Sestero, Tommy Wiseau misheard the actor's name despite his obsession with the actor.
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Greg Sestero, who played the lead role of Mark, wrote a critically acclaimed book about his experiences making The Room. The book was published in 2013 on The Room's 10 year anniversary.
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Juliette Danielle was shocked by the lengthy sex scenes during a screening, which she thought they were going to last a couple of seconds.
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Although the rooftop scenes were shot with green screen, an actual rooftop was available but never used during filming.
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Greg Sestero broke up with his girlfriend at the time when second unit filming began for outdoor scenes such as the coffee shop.
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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.
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Johnny (Tommy Wiseau), has under 40 minutes of screen presence.
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