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Bad to the Bone

The Disaster Artist turned the making of a turkey into award-winning gold. But is The Room really the best worst movie ever made?



ON APRIL 11, 2006, GEORGE HARDY woke up and discovered he was a cult film star. This was odd for a few reasons: Hardy is a dentist living in Alexander City, Alabama; he has no serious acting experience; and he hadn’t appeared in a movie in over a decade. But that film—an outrageously amateurish horror disaster called Troll 2 (1990), which features Hardy in a starring role— had built up a remarkable cult following on the internet.

He learned this when a reporter from Furman University’s school paper called to ask if he’d be attending the Troll 2 cast reunion that week. Cast reunion? Hardy was bewildered. “If you don’t believe me, go to IMDB,” the writer said.

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SIX MORE YEARS It was close to midnight on March 18th and a triumphant Vladimir Putin stood at a podium at his campaign headquarters near Red Square. Dressed in a jacket and open-necked shirt, Russia’s longtime leader looked weary but satisfied. He had just secured a fourth presidential term in a landslide election, extending his rule for another six years, until 2024 and maybe beyond. What will that mean for America and the world?