The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist

My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

Book - 2017
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"In 2003, an independent film called The Room--starring and written, produced, directed by a mysteriously wealthy social misfit of indeterminate age and origin named Tommy Wiseau--made its disastrous debut in Los Angeles. Described by one reviewer as "like getting stabbed in the head," the six-million-dollar film earned a grand total of $1800 at the box office and closed after two weeks. Ten years later, The Room is an international cult phenomenon. Thousands of fans wait in line for hours to attend screenings complete with costumes, audience rituals, merchandising, and thousands of plastic spoons. In The Disaster Artist, actor Greg Sestero, Tommy's costar and longtime best friend, recounts the film's long, strange journey to infamy, unraveling mysteries for fans--who on earth is "Steven," and what's with that hospital on Guerrero Street?--as well as the question that plagues the uninitiated: how the hell did a movie this awful ever get made?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781501184659
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 ROOM SES
Characteristics: 270 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Bissell, Tom 1974-


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Jan 21, 2018

The book, about a movie, that was just made into a movie... Simply put, "The Disaster Artist" is a great book. Author Greg Sestero tells the story of the making of the cult phenomenon, "The Room." While the behind the scenes look at Tommy Wiseau's famous movie is interesting, the best part of the book is Greg's friendship with Tommy. "The Disaster Artist" is easily the best book on friendship that I have read. See the movie. See the movie about the making of the first movie. But, most of all, read this book.

Sep 14, 2016

Some years ago, legendary film critic Ken Begg opined that the only way a truly great bad movie can be produced in an era of homogenization, market studies and test audiences is as a vanity project. The Room is certainly delightfully terrible in every aspect - from set design to music, but especially the script and acting - and every aspect was under the control of one remarkable man, writer-director-producer-star Tommy Wiseau. But who is Tommy Wiseau?

Since no one seems better qualified to answer that question than best friend and co-star Greg Sestero, it's a bit of a disappointment that he doesn't seem to have a complete answer. Even in private, Wiseau has been reluctant to discuss his life and deliberately mysterious. Even the source of The Room's six million dollar budget is unclear. Yet perhaps Sestero gives the only answer possible - Tommy Wiseau is The Room, and The Room is Tommy Wiseau.

Well-written and consistently entertaining, The Disaster Artist is not only a good description of a slow-motion catastrophe, but also an interesting portrait of struggling actors in LA.

Jul 13, 2015

This is an intriguing portrait of a bizarre man wrapped in a hilarious memoir about one of the worst movies ever made, a literary turducken. I loved it!

May 10, 2014

Tommy Wiseau's "The Room" has become this generation's "Plan 9" and "Rocky Horror Picture Show." A fixture at Cinema 21, "The Room" really has to be seen to be believed, as it defies all description and logic. In "The Disaster Artist," Greg Sestero, who co-starred in the film as Mark, tells the behind the scenes story, assisted by former Portlander Tom Bissell. There are really three stories here: 1. Sestero's (the least interesting of the 3) very typical following his Hollywood dream. 2. The often absurd making of the film. 3. Wiseau's story, which is maybe the most intriguing, as no one is really sure where he's from. I wish they would've explored Wiseau's life more, as well as the cult afterlife of the film. This book is much more entertaining if you've already seen the film. "You're tearing me apart Lisa!"

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