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* ItsNotPornItsArt: Tommy insisted on screen-testing potential actresses for Lisa, his character's future wife, by having them make out with him. Most of the actresses simply walked out at this point; the rest were only convinced to stay when Greg assured them that this ''was'' a legitimate film, not a porno.



** To wit, Wiseau ''purchased'' half a million dollars worth of film equipment (a move not even most ''major studios'' would make), including his infamous side-by-side HD and 35mm film cameras yet has caused his second DP to resign because the former wouldn't rent a badly needed generator for $200 a day.

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** To wit, Wiseau ''purchased'' half a million dollars worth of film equipment (a move not even most ''major studios'' would make), including his infamous side-by-side HD and 35mm film cameras cameras, yet has caused his second DP to resign because the former wouldn't Tommy refused rent a badly needed generator for $200 a day.

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** During production, whenever asked why the crew had to build a facsimile of an alleyway, or film on a greenscreen rather than use the rooftop of an actual building Tommy owned, Wiseau's reasoning was this -- it's a "Hollywood movie", so it had to be shot extravagantly on sets rather than cheaply on location. Subverted, as both scenes wound up looking much more fake than the alternative and only wasted money.


** Wiseau named Greg's character after the lead actor in ''Film/TheTalentedMrRipley'': "[[Creator/MattDamon Mark Damon]]."

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** Wiseau named Greg's character after the lead actor in ''Film/TheTalentedMrRipley'': "[[Creator/MattDamon Mark Damon]]."" To be fair, there is an [[https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0198941/ actual Mark Damon]] but itís very hard to confuse the two.


* WeirdAlEffect: [[invoked]] Greg mentions the possibility of Tommy's "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!" line becoming more well known than than Creator/JamesDean's [[Film/RebelWithoutACause "You're tearing me apart!"]] As YouTube shows a video of the former having more hits than that of the latter. He's not exactly sure if he likes this fact.

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* WeirdAlEffect: [[invoked]] Greg mentions the possibility of Tommy's "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!" line becoming more well known than than Creator/JamesDean's [[Film/RebelWithoutACause "You're tearing me apart!"]] As YouTube shows apart!"]], noting with some concern that a video clip of the former having more Wiseau's version has ten time as many hits than that on Youtube as a clip of the latter. He's not exactly sure if he likes this fact.Dean's.


* DrivesLikeCrazy: Tommy drives ''so'' carefully (constantly going at least 20 mph under the speed limit, and slamming on his brakes the second he sees another car in a parking lot, no matter how far away) that it warps back around to this. Plus, he doesn't know how to use windshield wipers. He claims to have been in two near-fatal car accidents, which is probably the case, though Greg doubts how true they are.
** Played straight by Tommy during his confrontation with Greg over him talking to his hippie friend about him.

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* DrivesLikeCrazy: Tommy drives ''so'' carefully (constantly going at least 20 mph under the speed limit, and slamming on his brakes the second he sees another car in a parking lot, no matter how far away) that it warps back around to this. Plus, he doesn't know how to use windshield wipers. He claims to have been in two near-fatal car accidents, which is probably the case, though Greg doubts how true they are.
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are. Played straight by when Tommy during his confrontation with confronts Greg over him talking to his hippie friend about him.Tommy, where he becomes angry and unhinged and starts driving like the "normal" version of crazy.


* ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount: Wiseau's bank account is referred to as a "bottomless pit" by a bank teller.

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* ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount: Wiseau's bank account is referred to as a "bottomless pit" by a bank teller.teller, and Greg notes that it really must be for a bank teller to say something so unprofessional.


** It's strongly hinted that Tommy wrote the quotes from reviews in all the promotional material for ''The Room'', which are from nonexistent sources such as "Entertainment Today" and "Series/BeverlyHills90210" and say the same thing: "Tommy Wiseau is the new [[Creator/TennesseeWilliams Tennesse [sic] Williams]], a true ragin' Cajun."

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** It's strongly hinted that Tommy wrote the quotes from reviews in all the promotional material for ''The Room'', which are from nonexistent sources such as "Entertainment Today" and "Series/BeverlyHills90210" and say the same thing: "Tommy Wiseau is the new [[Creator/TennesseeWilliams Tennesse [sic] Williams]], a true [[RaginCajun ragin' Cajun.Cajun]]."


* ArgumentumAdNauseam: Every attempt to change Tommy's mind about a course of action is met with some variation of "I disagree with that" until the speaker gives up arguing in frustration (or quits the production altogether).



* ButThouMust: Every attempt to change Tommy's mind about a course of action is met with some variation of "I disagree with that" until the speaker gives up arguing in frustration (or quits the production altogether).


* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Greg saw ''Film/TheTalentedMrRipley'' and chillingly realized it was disturbingly applicable to his relationship with Tommy Wiseau. ''Tommy'' saw ''The Talented Mr. Ripley'' and thought "I can make a better movie than that".

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: ComicallyMissingThePoint:
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Greg saw ''Film/TheTalentedMrRipley'' and chillingly realized it was disturbingly applicable to his relationship with Tommy Wiseau. ''Tommy'' Tommy saw ''The Talented Mr. Ripley'' and thought "I can make a better movie than that".that".
** Greg's mother said "no sex, Tommy", and his awkward response was "Well, we all do.", not getting the implication that she was referring to her son.

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** Played straight by Tommy during his confrontation with Greg over him talking to his hippie friend about him.

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** Also done to a lesser extent with how Tommy tapes all the phone conversations made at his apartment, including Greg's. Greg only finds out by chance and confronts him about it. Tommy even uses the same tape recorder himself in the film itself while playing Johnny!


* OneOfTheKids: Yet another trope Tommy unsuccessfully aspires to. Mark notes that he's much more comfortable around actors in their teens and twenties than people (presumably) his own age. His habit of underestimating Greg's age only reinforces this.

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* OneOfTheKids: Yet another trope Tommy unsuccessfully aspires to. Mark Greg notes that he's much more comfortable around actors in their teens and twenties than people (presumably) his own age. His habit of underestimating Greg's age only reinforces this.


* ExtremeDoormat: Greg. Even considering the fact that Tommy never backs down no matter what, Greg is pretty submissive to him. By the time the timeline reaches actual production of ''The Room'', he offers absolutely no resistance to anything Tommy does or plans to do.

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* ExtremeDoormat: Greg. Even considering the fact that Tommy never backs down no matter what, Greg is pretty submissive to him. By the time the timeline reaches actual production of ''The Room'', he offers absolutely little to no resistance to anything Tommy does or plans to do.


* EasilyForgiven: The original actor cast for the role of Mark doesn't hold any hard feelings towards Greg for being complicit in screwing him out of the role. In fact, he takes it rather well and prophetically predicts they'll all be laughing about his someday.

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* EasilyForgiven: The original actor cast for the role of Mark doesn't hold any hard feelings towards Greg for being complicit in screwing him out of the role. In fact, he takes it rather well and prophetically predicts they'll all be laughing about his this someday.

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* EasilyForgiven: The original actor cast for the role of Mark doesn't hold any hard feelings towards Greg for being complicit in screwing him out of the role. In fact, he takes it rather well and prophetically predicts they'll all be laughing about his someday.

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