EXCLUSIVE: It’s been about 15 years since Tommy Wiseau released The Room, which has since become a so-bad-that-its-good cult phenomenon that led to the critically acclaimed The Disaster Artist. Now Wiseau and his partner in crime Greg Sestero are back with Best F(r)iends, and based on the exclusive clip above, they are taking it to another level when it comes to serving us some disastrous brilliance.
Best F(r)iends touts itself as a Los Angeles-based noir thriller with Wiseau in the lead role as a mortician named Harvey (this is already sounding fantastic). Sestero, who also wrote the film, stars as homeless drifter who is visibly covered in blood. The two embark on a money-making scheme, which unfolds throughout the film. Based on the title, I’m guessing they become best friends —or best fiends — while on this journey.
The clip gives off some bizarre Brian De Palma vibes with Wiseau presenting a dead body to a blood-soaked Sestero while comparing the corpse’s face to “Gary Grant.”
Directed by Justin MacGregor, the film — which, based on the clip, obviously has a bigger budget than The Room — is quite an epic as it will be released in two parts. The first set to debut March 30/April 2 and the second slated for June 1/June 2, 2018. It’s like Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 but in the style of Wiseau.
Volume 1 will focus on Sestero’s character, who is taken in by Harvey and together hatch an underground enterprise off the back of the mortician’s old habits. But greed, hatred and jealousy soon come in turn, and their efforts unravel, causing the drifter to run off with the spoils and leave the mortician adrift. Volume 2 will follow Sestero’s drifter as he makes a run for it. But while on the lam, he finds himself on an expedition across the Southwest, where he encounters wild and crazy characters through a series of twisted and dark foibles.
While his misadventure teaches him a valuable lesson about friendship and loyalty, Wiseau’s mortician carries the story home with more than a few surprises. Color us intrigued, puzzled, and a whole lot of other indescribable feelings.
The pic has its L.A. premiere March 28 at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, which will be followed by a Q&A session with Sestero and Wiseau.