In San Francisco, 1998, 19-year-old aspiring actor Greg Sestero meets a mysterious man named Tommy Wiseau in his acting classeswith Jean Shelton. After Wiseau attempts to perform a scene from Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, the performance is ripped apart by Shelton. Sestero becomes infatuated by Wiseau’s fearlessness on stage. Over the coming months, Sestero and Wiseau form a strong, albeit bizarre, friendship. On Wiseau’s suggestion, the two move to Los Angeles to give their acting careers a chance.
Sestero signs with Iris Burton, one of the top young talent agents. Wiseau, on the other hand, faces rejection from agencies, casting directors, and Hollywood insiders. Sestero develops a relationship with Amber, whom he meets at a nightclub. Wiseau grows jealous and temperamental, feeling dejected and hopeless and ready to return to San Francisco. Sestero’s auditions also dry up. He shares his frustrations with Wiseau, wishing that he could simply make a movie to supply himself with a role. Wiseau takes this suggestion literally.