“The Room” actors Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau are back in a new two-part film called “Best F(r)iends,” which Sestero wrote while high.
“It was written while I ate a few edibles,” Sestero told an audience before a screening of part one at Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn on Tuesday night. After the screening ended he joked, “I wasn’t lying about that edible. I’m pretty sure you guys figured that out.”
The film follows a homeless man named Jon (Sestero), who begins working for a mortician named Harvey (Wiseau) who collects dead people’s gold teeth. The pair then begin selling the dental scraps for cash, which inevitably leads to a fist fight on the ledge of a cliff on the California coast.
“It was inspired by a road trip Tommy and I took back in 2003,” Sestero, 39, said. “We went up the California coast. I thought we were just going up to have a good time, but Tommy thought I was bringing him up there to try to kill him.”
There was only one hotel room left in Bodega Bay, where Hitchcock filmed his classic film “The Birds,” and Sestero was worried they wouldn’t get a place to crash if the hotel employees saw Wiseau in his signature “full vampire” attire.
“His hair was everywhere and it wasn’t cool at that time,” the “Disaster Artist” author said. “So I had him meet me around the back and he thought that was like a ploy so he doesn’t get caught on camera when really it was just to stay there.”
He added, “[Tommy] was like, ‘It was a strange vibration, you know. You look at me funny way. You ask me to meet you in back.’”
Sestero said the next day driving along the coast he thought about what would happen if he really did try to kill Wiseau, and thus “Best F(r)iends” was born.
As for the dental scrap sales, Sestero says his brother, who’s a dentist, told him about the real-life side hustle that actually exists.
“They’re actually making more money doing that than dentistry … So I looked into all that,” he said, jokingly adding, “I tried to make it as realistic as possible since its inspired by true events.”
Volume 2 of “Best F(r)iends” comes out in June.