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10 Life Lessons From Tommy Wiseau's reddit AMA: OHAI, LIFE ADVICE!

By Jodi Smith | Lists | March 17, 2015 |

By Jodi Smith | Lists | March 17, 2015 |

Auteur, actor, and football-tosser Tommy Wiseau took time out of his busy schedule to swing by reddit for an AMA. You may ask why Wiseau decided to do an AMA. Is it because Rifftrax is doing a Live show riffing on cult classic The Room? No. The reason is that Wiseau has a brand new television show, available on HuluPlus only, called The Neighbors.

The Neighbors is a sitcom about the relationship between a group of neighbors who live in an apartment building. The lead character is Charlie, the manager of the building. The tenants are a diverse group of personalities, all of different ages and backgrounds, constantly bringing their problems to charlie and his secretary / girlfriend Bebe. The character of Princess Penelope creates a commotion after she witnesses the ghost of her uncle Prince Charles. It is a fresh and humorous look at human behavior through different points of view. This cocktail of characters always guarantees plenty of surprises. The demographic is all inclusive.”

Holy. Shit. Anyway, Wiseau was kind enough to give out these 10 life lessons while answering questions in his AMA. Trust me, these are totally life lessons coming from the man that penned a jerking-off-into-a-dress-before-suicide scene in his movie.


1. On one’s history:
“Well, you know, we’re all curious. We all live in America, and we are all curious bout people, who they are, where they come from. I’m very private person, I keep that way, that’s my choice. I am America, I keep that way. Thank you for asking that.”

2. On powerful women:
“First of all, you can compare Lisa to Eleezabeth Taylor, to when she did CLEOPATRA. The ladies, they don’t have to wear jeans, they can wear dresses to be very powerful. So Lisa’s character is very powerful. She represents American society. So that’s my answer. Move on, next one!”

3. On writing:
“I would say, think about 20% FIRST before you get to 100%. If you think about 20%, you will get to 100%. With original material, if people say negatives about you, let it go, move onto something else.”

4. On having friends:
“Well, we [Greg Sestero (Mark in The Room)] talk, but actually, probably, we just released a script, original script, available, THE ROOM, original one, because there was a lot of controversy, agin, I’m sorry for some of you guys in America we call “douchebags” - I’ve been filming the past 20 years, shame on you who are bashing THE ROOM as well as the actors in THE NEIGHBORS. It is new entertainment, and people reallyreally enjoy it. That’s all I’m gonna say, moveonnextquestion.”

5. On how to be successful:
Okay! That’s good question! Well first of all - if you look at background, you work hard, you make money. It’s no secret, okay? You work VERY hard, you make money. Well I work very hard, 24/7, several days a week, okay? And the specific how I make monies will be in book. THE DISASTER ARTIST by Tommy Wiseau, when I write it soon. Yes.”

6. On how to hype future projects:
Yeah, I am working on new project, it’s called THE FORECLOSURE, we will be casting soon, we have already soon, and we have a vampire movie. And THE NEIGHBORS, we have 12 episodes of THE NEIGHBORS.”

7. On setting the record straight:
“Yes, I am, because as you probably kneow, DISASTER ARTIST is not 100% correct, and some people - again - are very disrespectful of my lief. How dare you to bash me, to say negative things about me and my life when you don’t even know me? Shame on you.

So yes, absolutely, you know. We in America, you know, we have very dedicate people, from New Orleans, and some of the function that people have are completely disrespectful. Shame on you if you blast my project. We are very dedicated to our art - shame on you, I would say, again! You know who you are!

And also you can add, about script, how dare you say that was not the script on the production of THE ROOM. How are you have powers to criticize someone you don’t even know? When you say it’s not a camera, or we have only this one camera, or this one or that one? Shame on you. Move on, next question.”

8. On regrets about The Room script:
“Yeah, well, thank you for the script, yes. We sell the script with undewerear. I design the underwear. Not just the leather jacket, but to respond to your question, definitely - definitely the aspect of what we are doing is entertainment. That’s what we do. That’s all I want to say.”

9. On basing characters on real people:
“Oh yeah, we have many Claudettes in the country, with cancer - again, one of the things I like it when people ask why we don’t talk about it, yeah, is because someday we have a cure for it. Because it’s a very private thing, you know? Many Claudettes in America relate to cancer.

Many Dennys, many Johnnys, many Marks, because everything is coming from life, real life.

THE ROOM is a red flag for society, for people to do better, to be better to each other basically. I’ve been doing this for 12 years, saying that.”

10. On discrimination:
“That’s a… I’ll be honest with you… I like everybody so I don’t want to discriminate who’d be my neighbor. But it would be fun to live next to Clint Eastwood, for example. Or Orson Welles, but he’s not around. So I can’t discriminate. I don’t care who they are, as long as they are sincere about life.”