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on May 6, 2006

A while back I blogged about Tommy Wisseau’s The Room, which for years has screened monthly in L.A. in screenings organized by the filmmaker. Now, NPR has picked up on the story:

The consensus is that the movie is so bad it’s actually painfully funny to watch. What makes the experience so much fun are the hundred or so fans that routinely show up for screenings.

During the movie, audience members shout out their own commentary about the dialogue, the sets — and notably, the framed photograph of a spoon that inexplicably reappears. Each time this happens, plastic spoons are thrown at the screen, in the can-do spirit of Rocky Horror Picture Show fans.

Fans of The Room are cheering a cinematic train wreck. And the film’s writer, director and star — Tommy Wiseau — even attends some of the screenings.

Wiseau is cagey about where he got the reported $6 million he spent to finance The Room. The mystery has fueled numerous theories. But with so many people buying the DVD, soundtracks and T-shirts, it’s easy to see why Wiseau goes along for the ride.

Click on the link above for a Realplayer link that contains footage from the film as well as audience reactions.

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