10:00am PT by Rebecca Ford
'Disaster Artist' Subject Tommy Wiseau Follows 4 Accounts on Twitter (Including PewDiePie)
Tommy Wiseau, the writer-director-producer-star of so-bad-it's-good 2003 cult classic The Room, joined Twitter on Dec. 4.
"The main thing is to be much closer with fans. I just say, 'Hey, I'm very proud of what I did,' " says Wiseau, the inspiration for James Franco's The Disaster Artist. He's already accumulated more than 175,000 followers. "My goal is to reach 1 or 2 million," says Wiseau.
Recently, he's been using the account to promote the first-ever nationwide theatrical release of The Room, on Jan. 10.
But to anyone looking for a follow back, don't look too closely, as Wiseau only follows four accounts: his Room co-star Greg Sestero; the film's official account; the account for his latest movie with Sestero, Best F(r)iends Movie; and controversial social media personality PewDiePie. In February, the Swedish gaming vlogger was dropped by YouTube's Red subscription service and then-Disney-owned Maker Studios for his use of Nazi imagery and anti-Semitic comedy.
Wiseau says he doesn't personally know the social media star, but "he's a friend of a friend."
"He creates some stuff, and he's very interesting. I don't want to just follow big stars," he says. "For me, it's pretty awkward, and I say, 'Let's just do a little bit and see what direction we go in.'"
A version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.