While it would've been better to dip him in amber to preserve for future generations, Tommy Wiseau is still up and about and making more stuff. But if his godawful sitcom, godawful talk show, or upcoming godawful horror movie prove anything, it's how impossible it is to make a genuine terrible masterpiece. So now Wiseau is going in an entirely new direction: not sucking at all. But in the process, he may have revealed more of himself than he realizes.
Good news for everyone who wants to see a space opera about exploring planets with a lead who pronounces "plan" like "flan": Wiseau is starring in the pilot of SpaceWorld, an animated series which bills itself as "what happens when you merge The Room with Star Wars." Written and directed by longtime Wiseau collaborator Brock LaBorde, it sees the world's worst actor / greatest performance artist play TX, an unhinged bounty hunter searching the Universe because he can't remember which planet he's from.
Opposite Wiseau is acting partner Greg Sestero (best known for writing The Disaster Artist and as Oh Hi Mark), playing his nemesis and unwilling best friend Drogol. Rounding out the cast is a wild bunch of zany space characters whose names we've already forgotten, so we're just going to call them First Draft Fraggle:
Bad Pun Shark Lawyer:
And Wookiee Bane:
But against all reasonable expectations, the pilot is pretty entertaining, in that incoherent "We're an Adult Swim show and we're high as balls" way that brought us such gems as Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law and Mike Tyson Mysteries. But completely opposite of the latter, SpaceWorld's biggest draw isn't turning a terrible human being into a wacky cartoon character, but turning a wacky cartoon character into a terrible human being.
While Wiseau likes to portray himself as everyone's favorite customer, there's also a well-publicized part of him that makes him seem like the absolute worst. But while thousands of film journalists have seen glimpses of that abusive Wiseau during interviews (sometimes while he's calling them "a p***k" to their face), he's never shown his true self more than as a cartoon space bounty hunter. Like Wiseau (allegedly), TX is emotionally unstable, reckless, and downright megalomaniacal. He also ignores sensible advice from his friends, whom he prefers to bully and intimidate into doing his bidding, often while putting them down with personal insults.
Whether Wiseau realizes it or not, a lot of the show's comedy comes from drawing parallels between his personality and that of the overbearing spaceship captain -- someone the other characters realize is insane but are powerless to stop. The pilot literally ends with his browbeaten assistant asking him, "So where do you want us to have to go now, TX?" A sentence we imagine Greg Sestero has muttered often after us hipsters made Wiseau the tyrant-king of ironic cinema.
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