Tommy Wiseau, the deliberately enigmatic over-actor behind the eternally running, awesomely bad cult film The Room (not to be confused with this year’s Oscar-winner Room, or any other movie that might win an Oscar, ever), is a difficult man to imitate. Like the case of Arnold Schwarzenegger, there is a tendency to think “generic foreign accent #4” suffices, rather than actually listening to the way the real person talks. And that’s made harder by the fact that nobody knows precisely what accent Wiseau has, since his only answer to the question, “Where are you from?” is always just “I’m an American with accent.”
Zach Spound, however, doesn’t just talk like Wiseau in this mashup spoof: he sings and kinda-raps like him. Or rather, like we would he imagine him to do, since the world has never yet been blessed by Wiseau rapping, and could probably not handle it if he did (he has sung “Happy birthday” at a few midnight screenings by request, but he always trails off into “Et cetera, et cetera” after a couple of bars). Spound also arranged the music in this parody, in which he plays Wiseau as Alexander Hamilton, somehow existing in modern-day San Francisco. Hey, it makes as much sense as the actual plot of The Room. Director/cowriter Jeremy Fassler is Greg Sestero’s Mark as Aaron Burr, and Denny has been replaced by Hamilton‘s Angelica. All your favorite catchphrases are adapted into song lyrics.
The one thing missing is Hamilton‘s deliberate reverse-racial casting – The Room with a nonwhite cast could potentially do for the original what Scary Movie did to Scream. Surely somebody on YouTube can get on that next.
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Images: Walter Bedeker
HT: The AV Club