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The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made Paperback – October 7, 2014
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"The Disaster Artist has to be one of the funniest, most deliciously twisted tales I have ever read. This extraordinary book is many things: a guide on how to succeed, sort of, in Hollywood; a life lesson in the virtues of deaf, dumb, and blind persistence; a very surreal variation on the archetypal American story of the immigrant dream. But at its heart lies the story of a deep and abiding friendship that survives against all odds, and the insanely bizarre film that stands as proof." (Ben Fountain, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk)
"Finally, a hilarious, delusional, and weirdly inspirational explanation for the most deliciously awful movie ever made." (Rob Lowe, actor and author of Stories I Only Tell My Friends)
“A great portrayal of hopefuls coming to Los Angeles to pursue their ambitions, and an even greater examination of what it means to be a creative person with a dream and trying to make it come true….In so many ways. Tommy c’est moi.” (James Franco, VICE.com)
"The Disaster Artist is not only the terrifically engaging tale of a bad Hollywood movie, it's one of the most honest books about friendship I've read in years." (Los Angeles Times)
“A book about a cinematic comedy of errors . . . sharply detailed . . . funny.” (The New York Times)
"Even if you haven’t seen Tommy Wiseau’s cult film phenomenon, The Room, it would be a mistake to not pick up The Disaster Artist. " (The New York Observer)
"Hilarious . . . the stories behind the making of The Room are even more bizarre than one might expect; truly, like the film itself, they must be seen to be believed.” (The Paris Review)
“A story of obsession and friendship that only Hollywood can birth . . . Readers aren't propelled through this book simply wondering what will happen, they're more concerned with how in the world it all happened—whether they've never heard of The Room or they've watched it dozens of times.” (The Oregonian)
"I laughed so hard reading The Disaster Artist that I cried." (RollingStone.com)
“The Disaster Artist delivers an evenhanded portrayal of Wiseau and elucidates more than Room superfans had ever dreamt of learning about their craggy, pale-faced idol.” (Esquire.com)
About the Author
Greg Sestero is a French-American actor, producer, and writer. He costarred in the cult phenomenon The Room.
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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!
I'd never heard of the movie before, but I found a copy online and started watching it. As soon as I heard the first awkward line ("Hey babe, I have something for yyuuuu!"), I had to pause the movie because I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes.
I then went and got all of my coworkers and we dicked off work for 3 hours watching, pausing, rewinding, and rewatching it.
So this book inspired me to watch the movie which inspired a thousand jokes, and now my wall at work is covered with Johnny memes. I've since recommended the book to 3 or 4 friends who have also downloaded and read it, and I would recommend it to you as well.
SPECIAL NOTE: For those who have yet to read the book or see James Franco’s film adaptation, I highly recommend seeing the film first. Franco’s film is a faithful adaptation of the spirit of the book, but much was obviously excised and changed in order to adhere to feature film length, and I personally feel that the discoveries to be found by reading the true accounts after watching the abbreviated film translation will actually increase your appreciation of both.