New York Times bestseller—now a major motion picture directed by and starring James Franco!
From the actor who somehow lived through it all, a “sharply detailed…funny book about a cinematic comedy of errors” (The New York Times): the making of the cult film phenomenon The Room.
In 2003, an independent film called The Room—starring and written, produced, and directed by a mysteriously wealthy social misfit named Tommy Wiseau—made its disastrous debut in Los Angeles. Described by one reviewer as “like getting stabbed in the head,” the $6 million film earned a grand total of $1,800 at the box office and closed after two weeks. Years later, it’s an international cult phenomenon, whose legions of fans attend screenings featuring costumes, audience rituals, merchandising, and thousands of plastic spoons.
Hailed by The Huffington Post as “possibly the most important piece of literature ever printed,” The Disaster Artist is the hilarious, behind-the-scenes story of a deliciously awful cinematic phenomenon as well as the story of an odd and inspiring Hollywood friendship. Actor Greg Sestero, Tommy’s costar and longtime best friend, recounts the film’s bizarre journey to infamy, unraveling mysteries for fans (like, who is Steven? And what’s with that hospital on Guerrero Street?)—as well as the most important question: how the hell did a movie this awful ever get made? But more than just a riotously funny story about cinematic hubris, “The Disaster Artist is one of the most honest books about friendship I’ve read in years” (Los Angeles Times).
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Any fan of “The Room” will enjoy the hilarious anecdotes and backstory. I enjoyed it greatly.
Read it in one weekend and..
I don’t know how to even read! Loved this book. It gives so much heart and insight to an amazing movie.
The Disaster Artist
This book made me see who the incredibly mystifying Tommy Wiseau really was; just a European young boy wanting to change his life and make his dreams come true.
While we definitely feel sympathy for Greg and the cast and crew during Wiseau’s meltdowns, we also feel for the young boy who would stop at nothing to have what he wanted.
I’ve never heard or seen of anyone else who is completely, 110% their unfiltered self in the way that Wiseau is.
Let me be honest; this movie is absolutely terrible. It’s hilarious to watch, but terrible. I’m not criticizing Greg and the other actors and crew, just everything else. Tommy’s insistence on a double camera format, how the dialogue had to be dubbed over, how most of that dialogue is nothing a native English speaker would say.
This book was entertaining from start to finish. Wiseau has publicly revealed almost nothing about his personal life, and it’s fun to learn his true (if half fabricated) past.
Thanks to Greg for writing this book, and for being friends with someone who truly exemplifies the definition of lonely.