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  • When he was twelve, Greg penned his own sequel to Home Alone, where Kevin is trapped in Disney World and he is helped by his neighbor Drake, who Greg saw himself playing. He personally mailed the screenplay to John Hughes' production company and waited weeks for a reply. Unfortunately, the screenplay was later mailed back to him, but attached to it was a handwritten note by John Hughes himself, which ended with, "Believe in yourself, have patience, and always follow your heart.”
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  • In a twisted kind of way, the ending is this, that the movie finally opens and Tommy gets to see his dream come true, even if it wasn't exactly the way he wanted.
  • Greg's revelation that Tommy's unscripted reaction to the dog in the florist's shop is the closest the film comes to portraying the man Greg became friends with: a cheerful, kind, spontaneous eccentric.
  • Despite their relationship clearly being dysfunctional and having serious repercussions for Greg, it's quite inspiring how Greg is committed to being Wiseau's friend, especially in the moments where it's made clear Greg is Wiseau's ONLY friend.
  • Greg's family, from his unsupportive mother, quiet evenings father, his brother with his girlfriend and himself watching the first cut of The Room and being viewers zero.
  • Greg and Tommy's impromptu soccer game shortly after they first met, where Tommy is surprisingly close to a nice, normal guy, even comforting Greg in the wake of losing a movie role he was sure he had, and telling him to never give up. He praises Greg for getting as close as he did, saying that he should be proud of himself because, "Many people never get close to anything." Greg notes that he was seriously bummed over losing that part, and was considering quitting acting — and that Tommy's pep talk actually helped a lot.
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  • Greg's closing thoughts on Tommy and The Room:
    Greg: The Room’s premiere was testament to Tommy’s unrelenting drive and determination. He’d inflict his vision on the world whether the world wanted it or not. He was a movie star whether the world saw it or not. In getting here, Tommy had sometimes been destructive and sometimes cruel. But how could I—how could anyone—not be moved by Tommy, who’d fought so hard against the unforgiving confines of his star-crossed life? The Room, I already knew, was a lot of things. A bad film, a funny film, a bizarre film, a glorious film, a vain film, an absurd film, an incompetent film, a powerful film, a fascinating film, a disastrous film, an independent film, an inexplicable film, and finally, a brave film. Sitting there in the theater, I let myself feel proud of Tommy, who believed his movie was a first-rate emotional drama that contained all his most profound ideas about life. In that regard, The Room was Tommy, and is Tommy—a man who remains the grandest and most sincere dreamer I’ve ever known. This is, ultimately, what redeems his immensely conflicted and complicated darkness. In the end, Tommy made me realize that you decide who you become. He also made me realize what a mixed blessing that can be. Although I knew Tommy’s film wasn’t going to be received the way he wanted it to be that night, I hoped he’d be able to recognize how incredible this experience really was. When I looked over at him, I couldn’t help but see a vision of the young boy who peered through a movie theater’s cracked door in Eastern Europe, newly in awe of life’s possibilities. Tommy removed his sunglasses and glanced back at me. He had tears in his eyes. He smiled, nodded, and turned toward the screen. It wasn’t often that you got to see a man whose dream was literally about to come true, but then the lights went down, and I couldn’t see him anymore.
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  • The moments in which Tommy's sweet, almost childlike side comes out. One scene in particular involves him telling Greg his dream is to own his own planet, which he would name "Tommy's Planet". He then tells Greg (who he met very recently) that he'd allow him to also live on this planet, and presents him with a gift - a pen with the image of a globe, labelled "Tommy's Planet". Bizarre, sure, but still kind of sweet.
  • As obnoxious as Tommy can be, Greg notes that he never was overtly cruel to Carolyn Minnott, never shouting at or belittling her the way he did pretty much everyone else.
  • While Greg gives away a lot of details about Tommy's famously off-limits background, he leaves out the most essential details. He doesn't disclose Tommy's birth name or birthplace, which he's implied to know, or age, which he definitely does know. These are the most burning questions people have about Tommy, but are also the ones he's most sensitive about, so give Greg credit for keeping them to himself. Sadly, the book angered Tommy anyway for how much it did reveal, but add another Heartwarming Moment for the fact that their friendship doesn't seem to have suffered from it.

The Movie

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I'm so happy I have you as my best friend.
  • A small one at the start. While Tommy is doing his "STELLA!" routine, he grabs a chair, sees that he's scaring the actress he's doing his scene with and moves away from her.
  • While shooting the infamous "I did not hit here" scene, Greg pleads with the frustrated crew to be patient with Tommy. He's the first one who gets the crew to start cheering for him when Tommy finally gets his lines (terribly) right.
    • Greg telling Tommy, "You've got this." He really, really doesn't, but at least Greg is supportive.
  • After being forced to listen to the audience's laughter through the premiere (The book ends right right before this), Tommy runs out to the lobby distraught, crying that he now knows once and for all what a failure he is. Greg reassures him by telling him that the audience in there are having the time of their lives because of his movie, and Tommy eventually rolls with it, jumping back on stage and thanking Greg after the screening ends.
    Greg: Do you think Hitchcock ever got a reaction like this?
    • The whole thing sums up why the movie became such a Cult Classic after all these years. Tommy may not have made the movie he set out to make, but it's still a movie that made so many people so happy.
  • There's something bizarrely cute about Tommy and Greg's friendship, since Greg seems to be the only person who accepts Tommy and, by doing so, allows Tommy to pursue his dreams. He even says that he never really went for it because he never had anyone to do it with.
  • Overlapping with Crowning Moment of Awesome: Anytime Tommy abuses a cast member, the crew and Greg immediately stand up to him. Of particular note is Raphael the DP laying into Tommy after Tommy publicly humiliates Juliette on set.
  • META: Tommy Wiseau himself loved the film, calling it 99.9% perfect (the 1/10th being a "lighting error," though it turned out it just looked weird because he was wearing sunglasses while watching the movie), in contrast to the book, which he had very mixed feelings about (both Greg and Tommy have said that Tommy only "approves" of 40% of the book, and Tommy himself has disputed its factual accuracy at points.)
    • Wiseau also came with the crew to the Golden Globes, and James Franco explicitly invited him on stage when Franco won for Best Actor in a Comedy, once again achieving a long held dream even if it wasn't in quite the way he expected.

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