You got roped into playing Mark after the original actor quit. When so many other people gave up, why did you stay?
Actually, the original actor didn’t quit. Tommy just didn’t think he was qualified to perform the love scenes… whatever that meant. The night before filming, he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I just figured I’d do it and nobody would see it.
But you never reached a breaking point where you wanted to be done with it?
No, because I’d known Tommy quite a while, and a lot of the crazy antics that the crew and cast experienced, I was well accustomed to. I knew it wasn’t coming from a bad place… just a lack of sense, of communication. But he was so innocent and genuine. I wanted to help him make his dream come true and, when you’re young, I think you let things slide for a lot longer than you would otherwise.
Speaking of crazy antics… tell us about an average day on the set of The Room.
It was the combination of someone who thought he knew what he was doing with a bunch of people who thought he had no idea what he was doing. So, every day was just surprising. You never knew what was going to happen next.