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Johnny (The Room)

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Johnny
The Room character
First appearanceThe Room (2003)
Last appearanceThe Room Tribute (2010)
Created byTommy Wiseau
Based onTommy Wiseau[1]
Portrayed byTommy Wiseau
Information
OccupationBanker
FamilyDenny (adoptive son)
Significant otherLisa (engaged)

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Johnny is a fictional character and the main protagonist in the 2003 independent romantic drama film The Room. He is portrayed by Tommy Wiseau, who also wrote, directed and produced the film.[2][3] Johnny also appears in the 2010 video game of the same name.[4]

Johnny is a successful banker residing in San Francisco, California with his girlfriend of seven years Lisa and their adopted son Denny.

One of Johnny’s famous lines "You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!" was a homage to one of James Dean's lines in Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Wiseau’s scene took many attempts to film because he kept saying, "You’re taking me apart, Lisa!".[5]

Biography[edit]

Much like Wiseau, (the actor who plays Johnny), Johnny's origin are a mystery. His accent suggests that he came from Eastern Europe; in the movie he claims to have moved to San Francisco from somewhere else. Johnny seems to have a strange personality. He is often distant seeming, rarely smiles, and prone to temper tantrums. Despite this, Johnny appears to have a large amount of friends. Johnny is engaged to Lisa; his "future wife" and they live with their adopted son Denny, who Johnny looks out for. Johnny's circle of friends include Mark, Peter, (his personal psychologist), Mike and Steven. However, Johnny's "best friend" Mark secretly dates Lisa behind his back, which leads to their fallout after Mark and Lisa admit to Johnny that they are seeing each other. Johnny feels betrayed by Mark's actions and feels heartbroken over Lisa's affair which leads to his suicide. Mark blames Lisa for the tragedy and they break up immediately.

Reception[edit]

Wiseau's portrayal received overwhelmingly negative reviews. IFC.com described Wiseau's speaking voice in the film as "Borat trying to do an impression of Christopher Walken playing a mental patient."[6] While Flavorwire said "If there is a 21st-century Edward D. Wood Jr., it is probably Tommy Wiseau."[7]

References[edit]

  1. https://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/why-the-room-is-a-better-movie-than-james-francos-the-disaster-artist
  2. https://www.vulture.com/2017/11/everything-we-definitely-know-about-the-rooms-tommy-wiseau.html[dead link]
  3. https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/12/2/16720012/the-room-tommy-wiseau-backstory-explained
  4. "The Room Tribute". Newgrounds.com. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  5. https://www.timeout.com/newyork/comedy/5-revelations-about-the-room-from-the-disaster-artist
  6. ""Everyone Betray Me!": A Primer on "The Room"". Ifc.com. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  7. "So Bad It's Good: The Transcendent Peculiarity of 'The Room'". Flavorwire.com. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2018.


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