The Disaster Artist

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

By Greg Sestero; Tom Bissell
(Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781451661194, 288pp.)

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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From the actor who lived through it all and an award-winning narrative nonfiction writer: the inspiring and laugh-out-loud funny story of a mysteriously wealthy social misfit who got past every road block in the Hollywood system to achieve success on his own terms—the making of The Room, “the Citizen Kane of bad movies” (Entertainment Weekly).

In 2003, an independent film called The Room—written, produced, directed, and starring a very rich 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 $6 million film earned a grand total of $1,800 at the box office and closed after two weeks. Now in its tenth anniversary year, The Room is an international phenomenon to rival The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Thousands of fans wait in line for hours to attend screenings complete with costumes, audience rituals, merchandising, and thousands of plastic spoons.

Readers need not have seen The Room to appreciate its costar Greg Sestero’s account of how Tommy Wiseau defied every law of artistry, business, and interpersonal relationships to achieve the dream only he could love. While it does unravel mysteries for fans—who on earth is “Steven,” and what’s with that hospital on Guerrero Street?—The Disaster Artist is more than just a hilarious story about cinematic hubris. It is ultimately a surprisingly inspiring tour de force that reads like a page-turning novel, an open-hearted portrait of an enigmatic man who will capture your heart.

About the Author

Greg Sestero is a French-American actor, producer, and writer. He costarred in the cult phenomenon The Room.

Praise For The Disaster Artist

"One of the worst movies of all time has spawned one of the most entertaining books I've read in years. It's a happy ending worthy of Hollywood."
-A. J. Jacobs, author of Drop Dead Healthy

"A surprising, hilarious and compelling account of the making of the modern Plan 9 from Outer Space."
-Patton Oswalt, comedian and?author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

"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

"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

?eoeThe Disaster Artist doesn?e(TM)t just answer the question:? How do awful cult movies get made?? It also reminds us how confusing, hilarious, and wonderful it is to be in your 20s, and why you?e(TM)re glad you don?e(TM)t have to do it twice.? It?e(TM)s like a wonderfully weird mash-up of a contemporary Candide and Sunset Boulevard.?e
-Joel Stein, author of Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity

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