'The Disaster Artist' Post-Credits Scene Makes One Of The Best Jokes In The Movie
About midway through watching The Disaster Artist, you feel a sudden pang of deep sadness over the fact that it all will end once the credits start rolling. Thanks to The Disaster Artist's post-credits scene, though, you'll get to bask in the glory of James Franco's imitation of The Room star Tommy Wiseau for just a little longer. You'll definitely want to stay in your seat to catch the Marvel-like ending tidbit, as (spoiler alert!) it involves a cameo from the real Tommy Wiseau. His interactions with Franco — still in costume as Wiseau — make for a delightfully meta moment of art imitating life.
In the post-credits scene, Franco and Wiseau meet outside at a party. Wiseau's character is named Henry, and Franco, of course is Tommy. Henry and Tommy joke around with each other, including Tommy asking Henry about his accent. He says, “Where are you from, New Orleans?” It's the perfect button on The Disaster Artist's greatest running joke, and you shouldn't miss it.
Like most things which have to do with Wiseau, his appearance in The Disaster Artist is a pretty funny story. When agreeing to allow Franco to make the film portraying his making of The Room, Wiseau made sure that he would appear in the film with a contractually obligated cameo. According to TheWrap, aside from the cameo, the only other stipulation made by Wiseau when signing over his life rights to Franco included that a Disaster Artist producer would have to listen to Wiseau's notes on a rough cut of the film — though Franco's team wouldn't necessarily need to follow them. On a side note, if anyone has a way of getting Wiseau's notes on that rough cut, they would probably be incredibly fun to read.
Not only did Wiseau insist on making a cameo, but he specified that his scene had to be one with Franco. Since Tommy couldn't lose his Eastern European-sounding accent, the scene had to be between two people with the same unidentifiable accent. The Disaster Artist's co-writer Scott Neustadter had originally written the scene to fit into the movie, but he told TheWrap that it seemed too absurd to have two people speaking in the same accent, so they put the scene after the credits.
The Disaster Artist is so great because it contextualizes The Room and Wiseau in such a realist setting. It's true that a scene with both Franco's Wiseau and the real Wiseau might have felt too corny or weird to the audience. Instead, what Neustradter and his co-writer, Michael H. Weber, wrote was a hilarious Hollywood party scene which reminds audiences that Franco's absurd character isn't embellished at all. Wiseau is really like that.
The post-credits scene isn't the only hidden moment in which someone from The Room appears in the movie about making it. During an audition scene towards the beginning of the movie, Greg Sestero, who played Mark in The Room, appears alongside Casey Wilson as an assistant casting director. Both the real Wiseau and the real Sestero's appearances also serves to show people how much the cast of The Disaster Artist looks like their real-life characters. Seeing Franco playing Wiseau alongside the real Wiseau is almost creepy since they're so alike, and it's no wonder that Franco's performance is already generating Oscar-buzz.
In addition to The Room stars appearing in The Disaster Artist, a ton of other famous actors make surprising appearances in Franco's new movie. From Melanie Griffith to Kristen Bell, it's packed with star power in the most perfect way. Wiseau always hoped to move to Hollywood and become a celebrity like James Dean, and with The Disaster Artist, he gets to be among some of the greatest actors around today.