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

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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 ...
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Overview

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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"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." —-Booklist Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451661200
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 47,606
  • File size: 24 MB
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Meet the Author

Greg Sestero is a French-American actor, producer, and writer. He costarred in the cult phenomenon The Room.
Tom Bissell is the author of several books and a winner of the Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He writes frequently for Harper’s and The New Yorker.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Loved this book. Very well written!

    If you've ever seen The Room, or are a fan of The Room, this book makes the movie ten times funnier and that's saying something. It was so ridiculously funny I was crying laughing at nearly every paragraph in certain chapters. I love how Tommy Wiseau MADE Greg say those stupid lines like, "keep your stupid comments in your pocket!" Or why Tommy felt SO COMPELLED to moon us in the shot (and why it was done continuously to "make sure they got it"!!!!) Omg.

    What it also captures is the friendship the two had. I always wondered why Greg had Tommy as a friend or how they met. It was based on a mutual liking to make it as an actor. What was so great was that, though Tommy was this spectacular failure, he never let it keep him down. He encouraged Greg and Greg owed him a ton for getting where he was. Which explained a lot of why Greg felt like he owed Tommy (besides the fact he was getting paid well for doing The Room...and he needed the cash).

    All-in-all, great great book. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    This is a truly compelling book. Not just a tale of one of the w

    This is a truly compelling book. Not just a tale of one of the worst (and most hilarious) movies ever made, but also a thrilling, funny, compelling and at times dark tale. This is so much more, than just a making of. This is a modern day Sunset Boulevard. On acid!

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