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The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made [Kindle Edition]

Greg Sestero , Tom Bissell
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The hilarious and inspiring story of how a mysterious misfit got past every roadblock in the Hollywood system to achieve success on his own terms: a $6 million cinematic catastrophe called The Room.

Nineteen-year-old Greg Sestero met Tommy Wiseau at an acting school in San Francisco. Wiseau’s scenes were rivetingly wrong, yet Sestero, hypnotized by such uninhibited acting, thought, “I have to do a scene with this guy.” That impulse changed both of their lives. Wiseau seemed never to have read the rule book on interpersonal relationships (or the instruc­tions on a bottle of black hair dye), yet he generously offered to put the aspiring actor up in his LA apart­ment. Sestero’s nascent acting career first sizzled, then fizzled, resulting in Wiseau’s last-second offer to Sestero of costarring with him in The Room, a movie Wiseau wrote and planned to finance, produce, and direct—in the parking lot of a Hollywood equipment-rental shop.

Wiseau spent $6 million of his own money on his film, but despite the efforts of the disbelieving (and frequently fired) crew and embarrassed (and fre­quently fired) actors, the movie made no sense. Nevertheless Wiseau rented a Hollywood billboard featuring his alarming headshot and staged a red carpet premiere. The Room made $1800 at the box office and closed after two weeks. One reviewer said that watching The Room was like “getting stabbed in the head.”

The Disaster Artist is Greg Sestero’s laugh-out-loud funny account of how Tommy Wiseau defied every law of artistry, business, and friendship to make “the Citizen Kane of bad movies” (Entertainment Weekly), which is now an international phenomenon, with Wiseau himself beloved as an oddball celebrity. Written with award-winning journalist Tom Bissell, The Disaster Artist is an inspiring tour de force that reads like a page-turning novel, an open-hearted portrait of an enigmatic man who will improbably capture your heart.


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*Starred Review* Reading this downright thrilling book is a lot like watching Tim Burton’s Ed Wood: it’s sometimes infuriating, often excruciating, usually very funny, and occasionally horribly uncomfortable, but it’s also impossible to look away from. The Room, a 2003 film written, directed, and starring the inscrutable Tommy Wiseau, was massively and enthusiastically lambasted by critics, proclaimed by some as the worst movie ever made (an insult, some movie fans might say, to Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space). Sestero, who starred in The Room, teams up with magazine journalist Bissell (who previously wrote about the movie in Harper’s) to walk us through the unpredictable, confusing, and—it must be admitted—wildly incompetent production of Wiseau’s vanity project. This is a making-of book like no other, the day-to-day story about the filming of a movie that everyone involved with it, except its creator, knew was awful. But it’s also the story of a very interesting friendship between Sestero and Wiseau (who knew each other for several years before The Room), and the story of an enigmatic and incredibly self-absorbed man who, in making his film, seemed to be trying to exorcise a troubled past and build an entirely new version of himself. Wiseau, for all his eccentricities, comes off as a sympathetic fellow, someone we, like Sestero, can’t help rooting for. The Room has become a cult fave, and this book goes a long way toward explaining how and why. --David Pitt

From Bookforum

The Disaster Artist is co-written (or probably, judging by its wit and literacy, written) by journalist Tom Bissell, and with its allusions to Ripley and Sunset Boulevard, it understands the story it wants to tell. Tommy is a middle-aged man of some means and cloudy provenance, desperately lonely, waiting for the world to take notice. Greg is the beautiful young man who notices. —Louis Bayard

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (October 1, 2013)
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104 of 104 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Greg Sestero has done something fantastic. He's managed to perfectly pinpoint all of Tommy Wiseau's eccentricities and show us exactly why we should care about him. Our dear Sestosterone is not only talented at growing beards and playing football, he's also a great and engaging writer. As a longtime fan of The Room, I really enjoyed the way Greg switched between talking about his early years with Tommy and the actual drama happening on the set of The Room. Each anecdote is better than the last.

I think as fans we sometimes forget that these characters we see onscreen (and yell insults to on countless midnight screenings) are portrayed by actual human beings, separate from their characters. I loved reading about how Juliette Daniels ended up playing Lisa and Dan Janjigian's preparation for the Oscar-worthy role of Chris-R. The Disaster Artist has brought an entirely new dimension to The Room. The book's biggest feat was helping the reader understand Tommy Wiseau, as much as anyone can understand Tommy Wiseau. Some of the details that Greg shares with us break my heart. I now view Tommy in the same way one would view a vampire puppy-- with an equal mixture of "aw" and "eek".

I can be sure that the next midnight screening I attend, I'll be giggling to myself over how long it took to shoot the famous, "I did naaht heet her" line. Or over the real reason why Peter was blinking so much. Or whether the enigmatic Chloe knows what obscenities audiences yell when they see her name appear onscreen. Without this book I would never have known that I've memorized The Room better than Tommy Wiseau. It was a fantastic read and I'm so excited to see what Greg Sestero does next!
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Brutally Honest - Not What I Expected October 7, 2013
By Adara
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a huge fan of "The Room," I went into this book expecting to hear a first-hand account of the wackiness that must have occurred while filming and maybe a little inside info on Tommy Wiseau. I would have been perfectly happy if the book had been that simple, but it was that plus so much more. In a way, Greg Sestero has created the moving, raw, true-to-life biography that "The Room" was supposed to be. This isn't a funny book about a hilariously bad movie... It's a sad book about a deeply troubled man who was basically able to buy his way to fame. It's not a pretty picture that's painted here, but it's honest and like all things in life, there are shades of gray. Tommy is selfish, manipulative, and controlling, yet I can understand why Greg (or anyone really) would be drawn to him. Underneath it all he's still a little kid, and there's something refreshing about childlike idealism. Tommy really is the tragic figure he tried to portray in the character of Johnny, but not for the reasons he thinks. Also, the book is informative and interesting as it follows Greg through the excruciating process of trying to make it as an actor in LA. This book gave depth to "The Room" that I almost don't want it to have. It's harder to laugh knowing I'm laughing at a pathetic, pitiable human being who basically spent 6 million dollars to pretend he had friends. That's doesn't mean I won't laugh or I'll stop loving "The Room." I just didn't expect this book to have the depth that it does. Well done, Greg.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
You're probably interested in this book for the same reasons I was: You love/hate The Room, you want to read some funny behind-the-scenes stories about its making, and you're hoping to have some mysteries about the movie and its oddball director/writer/producer cleared up. Rest assured, you will get all that, and more, from reading this excellent book by Greg Sestero ("Mark"), and writer Tom Bissell. The Disaster Artist is part memoir of a struggling young actor, part "making of" of a cult classic, and part chronicle of the rise and fall of a bizarre friendship.

Fans of The Room tend to have a lot of questions. Why is the dialogue so odd? How old was Denny supposed to be? What happened to Peter? Who was Steven? Why the football? Why a rooftop? Why the pictures of spoons? What's with that flower shop scene? Who is Tommy Wiseau, really, and where did he get the money to film this thing?

Sestero does his best to answer these questions, though many things about Wiseau's past will probably forever remain a mystery. I don't wish to spoil the book for anyone, but I feel I must answer The Big Question in order to write a proper review and let the potential reader know what they are in for. Is Tommy Wiseau "in on the joke," so to speak? That is to say, is The Room intentionally funny?

The answer is no.

I've read a lot of funny books over the years, but I can't recall another that made me laugh out loud so often, or so hard, as The Disaster Artist. Sestero's insights into the making of "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" had me in childish fits of giggles, as did the glimpses into "Tommy's Planet." Wiseau, you see, always wanted a planet of his own.
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61 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evihrwon Bihtrae Meh! October 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Oh hai Mark, I see you right story about my movie the Room. How could you do this? HOW COULD YOU LOVE HIM? Why Lisa and Mark, why?!?!?!? I just want throw football 3 feet in alley way with Denny and oh hai Mark. This book betray me, and the test results came in. I definitely have cancer, SCREW THE WHOLE WORLD.

(this book is a phenomenal look into an insane genius, oh thanks Greg!)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest, enlightening books I've read in ...
One of the funniest, enlightening books I've read in a long time. Well-written and paced, this book will never bore you, and even reveals some secrets about Wiseau.
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
As a big fan of the movie, this book gives an amazing inside look into the bizarre world that is the room. Fans of the movie should certainly read this. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Hobo4lfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So glad I bought this. Read it in two days. Amazing book. Witty, sweet, poignant.
Published 8 days ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Get The Audiobook! Hilarious and Worth It.
Hearing Greg Sestero do his impression of Tommy Wiseau might be my new favorite thing. "The Disaster Artist" is an extremely well-written, brutally honest glimpse into the... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I love this book! Greg Sestero becomes 100% more interesting and charming after reading this, and Tommy is even more fascinating too. Read more
Published 12 days ago by joseph
4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood makes hundreds of films each year. This is the story behind...
"Oh hi, Mark."

This is a fascinating look at a train wreck. You don't want to watch, but you can't look away. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Odin
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could've been better...
Greg did a good job writing this and making it interesting. My biggest disappointment was that the book ends right at the beginning of the premiere of the film. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching
This book is accessible but always leaves room for some beautiful prose.

The thing that makes this book endearing is that Greg can look at Tommy both realistically but... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Juan Restrepo
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliantly written!
AMAZING book! seriously. this book takes a look deeper than I expected into Tommy Wiseau, Not just as the funny bad director that he is, but as a somewhat tragic figure and a... Read more
Published 20 days ago by josh
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommend
very funny book. written a great conversational and humorous manner. lots of info but doesnt' get boring. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Victorian Catmom
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Greg Sestero is an actor, producer, and writer. He was born in Walnut Creek, California and raised between the San Francisco Bay Area and Europe. He is fluent in both French and English.

At the age of 17, Greg began his career in entertainment by modeling in Milan for such designers as Valentino and Armani. Upon returning to California, Greg went onto pursue acting and appeared in several films and television shows before co-starring in the international cult phenomenon The Room. Greg's many passions include film, sports, nutrition, animals, and traveling

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