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From The Actor Who Lived Through The Most Improbable Hollywood Success Story, With An Award Winning Narrative Nonfiction Writer, Comes The Inspiring, Fascinating And Laugh Out Loud Story Of A Mysteriously Wealthy Outsider Who Sundered 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 WeeklyIn , 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 Million Film Earned A Grand Total Of , 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 SpoonsReaders 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, The Disaster Artist Is Than Just An 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 A Supremely Enigmatic Man Who Will Capture Your Heart

10 thoughts on “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

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    Ha ha ha What a story, Mark.

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    For those of you who aren t familiar with The Room, it is a glorious piece of American cinema directed, written, and produced by the handsome devil Tommy Wiseau who also plays the lead role in the film, naturally Okay, okay So basically, this film is often regarded as being one of the absolute worst movies of all time Maybe only rivaled by the equally ridiculous Troll 2 And Tommy Wiseau looks like a creepy muppet That said, I m a huge fan of The Room because I m a sucker for hilariously bad movies There is nothing quite like The Room, and I m not sure how to describe it to those of you who haven t seen it It follows a pretty basic plot about a man named Johnny who is engaged to a woman named Lisa What Johnny doesn t know is that Lisa is cheating on him with his best friend, Mark And the story unravels from there, chronicling how Lisa and Mark s betrayal slowly ruins Johnny s life.Sounds pretty straightforward, right And yet there s something quite special about this movie What sets this film apart from other flat out bad movies is that every moment of it is completely ridiculous Every scene, every line is just so odd that all you can do is sit there and laugh uneasily the entire time Just some of the memorable lines Other WTF highlights include A weird man child character named Denny who lives in the same building as Johnny and Lisa who they ve adopted kind of A drug dealer shows up and tries to kill Denny which is never addressed again after it happens Lisa s mother casually mentions she s dying of cancer, to which Lisa shows no reaction and no one ever mentions it again Johnny, Mark, Denny, and some of their other friends play football in tuxedos in an alleyway for no reason I could go on and on, but I think I d have to just describe the entire movie scene by scene because like 90% of the scenes are completely irrelevant to the main plot and don t accomplish anything and are never acknowledged again after they transpire.Anyway, I found out maybe a year ago that Greg Sestero who plays Mark in the movie was going to write a book about his experience, and I was ecstatic There are so many mysteries surrounding this movie, and I was thrilled to find out I might finally get some answers out of Sestero especially because Tommy Wiseau himself tends to avoid answering questions about it and usually just says something like I checked for updates on this book regularly, but there seemed to not be much word about it anywhere until a few months before it was set to come out Then I finally found out it was coming out on my birthday and I was like, HELL YES I eagerly awaited the release of this book, and it was well worth the wait I expected it to be a fun read maybe kind of stupid, but fun I m happy to say that this book far exceeded my expectations and took a different approach than I anticipated.What I feared about this book was that it would end up being 200 pages making fun of how insane Tommy Wiseau is And while there are definitely a plethora of moments describing Tommy s unusual habits and qualities, I was glad that the book didn t antagonize or mock him to the extent I thought it might The book isn t just about how crazy Tommy Wiseau and his movie are It s also a pretty eye opening look into what it s like to be a struggling actor As well as chronicling his experience acting in The Room, Greg Sestero also shares his stories about trying to make it as a young actor the frustrating processes of auditioning, trying to get an agent, etc It also focuses a lot on the strange and unlikely but often oddly touching friendship between Sestero and Wiseau.BFFs 3Don t worry, there are plenty of hilarious anecdotes about the filming of the movie things that had me laughing harder than I ve laughed at a book in a long time For example, one of Wiseau s original plans for the film included a part in which Johnny s car flies off the roof and into the sky, to indicate that maybe Johnny is a vampire OMG I CAN T EVEN I WHAT But in the end, I found this book to actually be quite bittersweet While it s hilarious, it also shows Tommy Wiseau as a man who genuinely wanted to make an amazing film Especially learning about some of his horrific life experiences, and seeing how much time and effort he put into the movie, it is quite sad in some ways that his film ended up being such a laughing stock Of course, he still got he wanted in an unexpected way because the film does have hundreds of fans, and even ten years after its release, it still has a massive cult following So, I loved this book It s hilarious, it s touching and I learned a lot about one of my favorite bad movies.And of course I can t end this review without saying

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    This was a fascinating book about the making of the worst movie I have ever seen, The Room And in reading this book I learned that The Room was made with all seriousness and not as, like, a parody of a bad movie At the center of the narrative is Tommy Wiseau, a man who is secretive about his past, and everything in his life but who also wants to be a star, who wants, like all of us, to be seen and understood and loved This book is fucking hilarious, told through the eyes of Tommy s friend and an actor in The Room, Greg Sestero and his co writer Greg is a little smug but given the travails he shares throughout, that s kind of understandable But this book is also heartbreaking and I found myself filled with tenderness for Tommy who is so misguided, and so deluded but who is, also, incredibly committed to an artistic vision he has little control of Really, this is a story about loneliness and earnestness and The American Dream.

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    Optimal mental health if such a thing there be probably lies somewhere roundabout midway on the self awareness continuum, but often without thinking, people assume that not giving a fuck what other people think is a sort of modern virtue, suggesting confidence, strength of character, and if nothing else the sheer convenience of living only for oneself If we stop and scrutinize the concept, however, we soon realize that it s an ideal sorely in conflict with the fundamental nature of our lives we are social beings, enmeshed in countless relationships with others, whether they are close friends and family members or strangers we find ourselves driving 75 MPH beside on the highway both of us trusting that the other won t suddenly veer into our lane We don t even consider these kinds of relationships because they are usually automatic except maybe once in a while we marvel at the fact that we ve survived however many years without some asshole harboring a death wish driving head on into our car, killing us instantly In the end there are just so many tacit and fragile rules holding this thing called society together.What does this have to do with anything, you wonder Well, The Disaster Artist by actor Greg Sestero and writer Tom Bissell happens to be about a self styled actor director named Tommy Wiseau, who, if the particulars of this book are accurate, may be the most un self aware person I have ever heard of who is not a diagnosed psychotic Wiseau s magnum opus and only opus The Room from 2003 provides than enough evidence to support the case that the man has absolutely no understanding of how the world works and how he fits into it If you are unfamiliar with the film, I recommend it to you It is without a doubt one of the worst films ever made which of course makes it entertaining than many, many films that are objectively speaking better than it This highlight reel will give you some indication what the film s like I m not implying that anyone should be limited by social conventions but neither should one perhaps flout these conventions without understanding them or at least being aware of them It s as if Wiseau were dropped on the planet earth by an alien spacecraft and his only preparation for life on this planet was reading the Cliff s Notes on human civilization What else can you say about a strange looking man of indeterminate age and origin who imagines that suddenly he can decide to be an actor, a screenwriter, and a film director without any of the necessary skills or qualifications This is a man who is unable to assimilate normal casual human behavior in his day to day life how can he hope to emulate other behaviors Lacking much empathy in his real life, how will he empathize with the characters he will play Can such a level of narcissism even crawl out from under the weight of its own immediacy Well, one logical solution is for the narcissist to write the role for himself and to make that role as approximate to his own peculiar personality as is possible He can go even one step further he can position that self characterization in a world that is entirely contrived to express his own childishly narcissistic agenda As Sestero Bissell points out in the book, one commentator said that The Room was essential a 6 million daydream in which an adolescent mentality i.e., Wiseau s gets to act out his suicide and watch his friends mourn him and regret how poorly they ve treated him Was there any petulant teenager who didn t have this fantasy at some time But not all of us had millions of dollars to pour into a vanity project that would literalize the fantasy The Disaster Artist is told from the perspective of Wiseau s co actor in The Room and erstwhile friend Greg Sestero, a pretty boy actor and former model who is I believe the only actor in the film that had a professional credit to his name Sestero and Wiseau made for an odd couple Sestero was young, tall, blond, and handsome while Wiseau was an eccentric raven haired European, trollish in appearance and significantly older although he would never reveal his actual age The two met in acting class in San Francisco Sestero was fascinated by the oddball Wiseau, whose acting was so bad that it beggared belief After all, it s not easy to be that ostentatiously awful But Wiseau was, and Sestero was intrigued Gradually, as Sestero gets to know him better, Wiseau becomes all the mysterious He won t discuss his past or what he does for a living or where he gets all his money or where he was born or how old he is Sestero, whose mother is French, is convinced he is not French, based on his accent, but his accent is strangely indeterminate a mongrel accent that s impossible to pinpoint Naturally, Sestero s girlfriend, his mother, and his friends are all leery of Wiseau and advise him to steer clear.As Sestero enjoys some limited measure of success in his career, their relationship becomes strained Wiseau grows increasingly jealous of Sestero s auditions and his new friends At one point when Sestero is dozing off on the sofa one night, Wiseau makes an ambiguous comment about sharing a bed Is Wiseau in love with Sestero Does he want to be Sestero Suddenly Wiseau decides he s going to be an actor too despite the fact that he s too old, too unattractive, and too untalented to embark upon a career When he grows despondent from his lack of success in the acting biz, Wiseau elects to write, direct, and star in his own self financed movie The Room, which is not only the self aggrandizing vanity project to end all vanity projects it s also a sort of revenge on everyone who rejected him and even on Sestero himself The Disaster Artist surprised me I expected it to have a lot of interesting gossip, but I didn t actually expect it to be a good book And it is If you need any convincing, I stayed up until 3 AM last night finishing it, and I was so tired this morning that I took a vacation day at work It s than a behind the scenes tell all, it s also an engrossing character study I don t know to what extent this book is Sestero s and to what extent it s Bissell s, but Sestero s first person persona is likable and generous to a fault, as he navigates the unforgiving and unending road to stardom and exposes this odd little man named Tommy Wiseau, who took a shortcut Ironically, The Room did make Wiseau a star of sorts, in the sense that infamy is a parallel route to celebrity.

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    Tommy Wiseau is a weird, weird dude who spent 6 million of his own money to make a terrible, terrible movie.

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    This review was originally written for and posted at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography s site Again, I preordered this bad boy well before I knew I d be writing about it for anyone other than myself and GR In the long running tradition of so bad it s good entertainment, 2003 s The Room is a fairly recent but impressively groan worthy addition Its low budget approach to visual effects, a script held together by non sequiturs and the wealth of glaring continuity errors make it either instantly derided or ironically charming, depending on the viewer s stomach for shoddy craftsmanship and clueless defiance of cinematic etiquette For the enviably unfortunately uninitiated, The Room is yet another take on the love triangle template, offering up one tale of a fellow whose quietly mundane existence will be predictably turned upside down by the barely concealed affair between his fianc e and best friend, the latter played by Greg Sestero, who also served as the flick s line producer What sets The Room apart is its enthusiastic departure from the conventions that make a movie watchable The acting is uneven, as even the talented cast members could only do so much with the ridiculous script and inept director Dramatis personae inexplicably come and go with all the finesse of a drunken hippopotamus, and they cling to and then disregard their motives with similarly contrary abandon The dialogue is wooden at best and hilariously incoherent at worst Plot lines are introduced, run with and cast off without resolution In short, this is the very stuff that cult followings are made to immortalize, and the audience participation that screenings both public and private invite help to reshape this train wreck into sublime chaos While this book heralds itself as being Sestero s life inside The Room, The Disaster Artist reads as Sestero s attempt to make sense of both writer producer director lead actor Tommy Wiseau, depicted as an independently wealthy manchild who houses insecurities than does a comprehensive guide to mental maladies, and his self funded, self promoted and self delusional labor of love Sestero, with enough writing assistance from journalist Tom Bissell to warrant a co authorship, explores the torturous trajectory of The Room from nascence to its opening night, as well as the strained but symbiotic friendship between Wiseau and Sestero Sestero s own faltering forays into Hollywood are chronicled as a sort of apologetic explanation for why he stuck with a project he clearly expected to fizzle into obscurity and stuck by a man who gave him both a place to live and an opportunity for work in exchange for the mind bogglingly creepy way that Wiseau leeched off Sestero the successful actor and infinitely attractive and youthful of the two as if Sestero s good looks and acting chops were things he could possess for himself via sheer proximity.Much of the book is devoted to recounting Wiseau s especially memorable bouts of weirdness, jealousies and general inability to function as an adult Goading Sestero into nearly abandoning him just to prove that he has the power to offend producing a demo reel fashioned nearly blow for blow from a scene in one of Sestero s other movies spectacularly failing to remember the very lines he wrote subjecting the whole of The Room s creative team to his unnecessary and gratuitously filmed nudity spending extravagantly on the film when he feels it s in the best interest of his vision but skimping on paychecks and other details he arbitrarily dismisses as minor.To me, if not for a friend s firsthand assurance that Sestero is a genuinely likable guy who regards his accidental ascent to pseudo fame with equal parts wry humor and gratitude, the book s tone that of a young actor desperate to make it in L.A., whose naivete, curiosity and willingness to look beyond his vampiric guardian angel s downright hostile quirks all work together to cement an uneasy friendship that barely survives a disastrous attempt at living together would be off puttingly glib Wiseau is painted as the perennial though unintentional sad clown who would be a tragic figure if not for his nigh unflappable hubris But Sestero does, to his credit, try to soften his description of a man who has clearly suffered some obsessively guarded psychological setback that has seemingly forever grounded him in the defensive, combative mindset of a newly minted teenager An example All attempts to inject a hint of unscripted coherence in Wiseau s film are met with such disproportionate resistance and unfounded accusations that it s unsurprising the film went through several incarnations of its cast and crew Sestero attempts to explain that, to the best of his understanding, Wiseau sees all attempts at changing his project for the better as mutinous trespasses, a threat to the tenuous authority he has purchased with his self propelled picture Even in the instances where Sestero seems inexplicably passive in his inability to assume control when Wiseau has lost all touch with reality, there is a strong undercurrent of desperately gleaned sympathy that keep his remembered interactions buoyantly surreal rather than needlessly cruel.Still, the bulk of the book s humor is at Wiseau s expense, as it is impossible to read about his diva sized antics, tantrums, paranoia and obstinate refusal to divulge personal details without cackling the nervous guffaws of tension eroding disbelief because Wiseau s fiery outbursts are in no way proportional to their triggers The Sunset Boulevard and Talented Mr Ripley quotes that begin each chapter and, later, the copious nods to both films just may be the most perfect encapsulation of Wiseau within these pages This is a man who is painted as sleepwalking through life, who literally cannot help how bizarre he is, who rewrites his own personal history as he sees beneficial.The lingering effects of The Disaster Artist are an increased sense of respect for the hapless players at the mercy of Wiseau s deranged puppet master as well as a nagging suspicion that 6 million can t quite buy talent but it sure can stack the odds in one s favor if one is hellbent on crafting a blockbuster from incoherence and birthing a star from a woeful dearth of thespian proficiency, reality be damned.

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    I can remember when I was living in Los Angeles and seeing a billboard advertising for The Room movie, and there being an RSVP with a phone number The billboard was there forever, but I had forgotten about it until I ordered the DVD online and saw the same image on the cover It was funny to learn that Tommy Wiseau whom the story is mostly centered on paid for this prime billboard spot for five yearsyes, FIVE YEARS At 5,000 per week for the advertising space times fives years, I believe that adds up to 1.3 Million and it all came out of his pocket as well as the cost for the movie 6M and only earned 1,800 at the box office.I was reading an article where James Franco was listing his three favorite books of 2014 and my interest was peaked when he mentioned this book He said that Seth Rogan had bought the rights to make a film about it, or something to that nature I decided to read the premise and I knew I had to purchase it once I read all of the praise it had received and what it was about Not only that, but I ordered the DVD as stated above so I could really jump into the experience and even had a friend watch along with me I swear we laughed so hard that my stomach hurt the next day The movie was so intriguing that my friend also bought the book Although we purchased the book we broke down and ordered the audiobook as well, of which I would recommend because Greg Sestero narrator and co author really nails Tommy s accent and makes the experience that much enjoyable.So what s it about Well, basically it is about what most consider the worst movie of all time It s terrible It s so terrible that it s good, in a comedy sense The movie was directed, produced, written, and starred Tommy Wiseau, a man of mystery He speaks with a thick eastern European accent and has an incredible amount of money that one can only speculate where it came from considering he was poor until his thirties Tommy has a love for America and the film industry and knows that the only way he will ever star in a movie is by making one himself and on his own dime Tommy has a mindset that his film is spectacular and worthy of an Oscar It s not This movie has plot holes galore, the acting is terrible, it goes in way too many directions, a random actor appears at the end that hasn t been in the entire movie and who in the hell he is was never implied There is a scene where four friends dress in tuxedo s and throw a football aroundwhy Who knows In another one, they go to a coffee shop where we see various people ordering drinks and then he sits and talks with his friend about basically nothing My favorite was when two characters just squat down in the doorway and have a conversation He thrived on scenes that would normally be cut out of a movie because it adds absolutely nothing to the movie or doesn t progress it in any way It basically makes no sense and has zero continuity, but this book helps give some idea into the making of the script and its origins Afterward, I actually wanted to watch it again and again with a new perspective I ve seriously never laughed so hard and the whole experience of watching the movie and reading the book was incredibly fun I highly recommend for those with a well rounded sense of humor.

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    Maybe I am too unique Tommy Wiseau The Room is a popular choice for the best worst movie ever It was a GIGANTIC VANITY PROJECT bankrolled by, produced by, starring, written and directed by a guy called Tommy Wiseau who was than a little odd.He was a guy in his 40s, long dyed black hair, looked like one of those heavy metal band guys who ve been doing drugs and staying up late for 35 solid years, his face looked facelifted, puffy and like he never went outside and slightly melted, and he had a weird voice with an unplaceable European accent so that English sounded like his third language, he d got this mangled syntax and every well known phrase would come out wrong and in the movie, he s like an alien trying hopelessly to pass as human, his reactions slow, off centre, he chuckles inappropriately, his lines are all in this monotonous singsong, he s mesmerizingly terrible You think there s something fairly wrong with that guy In The Room the other main male character is played by the author of this book Greg Sestero, who was a young pretty blonde cardboard cutout actor wannabe when the story opens,and also when it closes, because if you check your IMDB young Greg has hardly had what you might call a career in movies I think Greg s mom was right IRRATIONAL, DIM WITTED AND ALL ROUND CREEPYThere are three stories told in this book first, the painful, unfunny and quite dull story of how Greg tried to become a Hollywood actor headshots, agents, blagging, auditions, managers, callbacks, all the stuff made great fun of in the character of Joey in Friends, and here it s so not that much fun Then, in an acting class Greg befriends the older weirdo Tommy, and this friendship is story number two It s probably the best part, a friendship barely recognisable as such by Greg, until, reluctantly, it dawns on him that he actually really likes Tommy Who appears to have no other friends The third story is how they made The Room, and this does have a certain humour to it but it turns out that jeering at egomaniacs is not that funny when the egomaniac is a sympathetic character Because however irrational, frankly dim witted and all round creepy Tommy is, he s not a bad man He s a sad man He s lonely No one cares about him, he s lost And he s picked up this absurd dream of being an actor from somewhere and he made a lot of money selling knock down schmatter in San Francisco and now he decides that if Hollywood will never like him, he ll be his own Hollywood I found I couldn t laugh heartily at his antics, the laughs died in my throat OUTSIDER ART We have moment to moment acting in my film Words are secondary Tommy WiseauOutsider Art that s what The Room is, like the Watts Towers, the recordings of Daniel Johnson or the beach sculptures at Roth neuf by the Abb Four It s by a person who does not recognise the agreed upon common or garden reality most of us subscribe to It s not knowing, unlike your John Waters or your Russ Meyer, not deliberately bad like Pink Flamingos or Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. It s raw Most people will laugh at it I did a couple of times It s excruciating but most of it is, unfortunately, only bad, rather than so bad it s good Well, its fans disagree with me, they laugh till their sides split I don t have a good explanation for this, but I just saw a movie called Satan s Little Helper, and that was in the same badness ballpark as The Room, but without any of the technical ineptitude SLH had all the professionalism of any modern low budget horror movie it was its ideas which were awful, plus having an unbearable kid as the main role who did most of the talking throughout the movie I was praying he d be the first victim, but no such luck Other eyegogglingly eptless nightmares I have seen or failed to make through in recent times Suspiria, Switchblade Romance, The Woman, The Counselor, Brick and Zak and Miri Make a Porno. In all of these cases the badness comes from the horrid inhumane or stupid ideas in the movie They re all technically good But The Room has no technical competence There s no coherence in the script Many plot points are mentioned once once only There are continuity errors by the dozen All the actors are first timers or are embarrassed to be there There is no relief to be had from this relentless tsunami of crapness on every possible filmic level from minute one to minute last A SCENE FROM THE ROOMJohnny I never hit you You shoulda hed any secrets from me I m your future husband.Lisa You sure about that Maybe I ll change my mind Johnny Don t talk like that Whaddoo mean Lisa What do you think Women change their minds all the time.Johnny Throws head back and runs hands through hair in a gesture of carefree merriment Haha You mus be kidding aren t you.Lisa Look, I don t wanna talk about it I m going to go upstairs and wash up and go to bed Johnny How durr you tok to me like dat Pushes her back onto the couch. You should tell me everything.Lisa I can t talk right now Johnny Why Lisa WHY Lisa please talk to me PLEASE You re part of my life, you re everything I could not go on without you Lisa.Lisa You re scaring me He s scaring everyone at this point Johnny I never hit you YOU RE TEARING ME APART LISA Lisa Scared and hostile Why are you so hysterical Johnny Pushing her back on the couch a second time Do you ustellife note I think he means Do you understand life Do you Now Lisa finally gets up off the couch without being pushed back, third time lucky, walks up the stair, but pauses and turns to Johnny Lisa Sudden change of tone to warm and friendly Don t worry about it Everything will be alright Johnny You drive me crazy Lisa Goodnight Johnny.Johnny Don worraboudit I still love you Goodnight Lisa A QUOTE FROM JULIETTE DANIELLE who played Lisa It s hard to remember a time before The RoomI know what you mean, Juliette It s currently on Youtube so you can join in all the fun.

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    In 2003, a movie called The Room opened in Los Angeles The film a drama about a woman Lisa who betrays her fianc Johnny with his best friend Mark was written, directed, and financed by Tommy Wiseau, who also stars as Johnny The movie, often called one of the worst films ever made , garnered less than 2,000 in it s initial run and looked like it was headed for the movie junkyard Wiseau, however, had other ideas The auteur kept the movie open and continued to advertise it on a large billboard for the next five years Wiseau, who has long black hair and a thug like visage, is a rather oddball leading man but his movie caught on The Room gained traction as a quirky comedy, and became a cult hit I agree that The Room is among the worst films ever made, but it s VERY FUN to watch Greg Sestero, the co author of this book, played Mark in The Room Sestero s relationship with Tommy Wiseau, however, started before the movie was even conceived This memoir, written years after the film became a big hit, tells the story of Sestero s friendship with Wiseau..and the making of The Room Nineteen year old Greg met Tommy in a San Francisco acting class Greg s attention was caught by Tommy s terrible but wildly spirited rendition of Stanley Kowalski from A Streetcar Named Desire and the two aspiring actors became scene partners..and eventually friends Heavily accented Tommy who s very secretive about his age, country of origin, and source of wealth is an odd but amiable fellow He allowed Greg to live in his empty Los Angeles apartment so the young man could pursue his acting dream Greg worked hard to break into the business and had limited success getting small parts and starring in a straight to DVD horror movie.In time Tommy joined Greg in Los Angeles, but was unable to make any headway as an actor So Tommy decided to write and produce his own movie, which turned out to be The Room and Greg was eventually pegged to co star In The Diaster Artist , Sestero and his co author Tom Bissell alternate between sections that describe Greg s youthful struggles to succeed as an actor, and sections about the making of The Room In the parts about Sestero, we learn about 12 year old Greg s Home Alone 2 screenplay his teen age modeling gig in Europe his mother s doubts about his choice of career his acting classes his bit parts his friendship with Tommy his move to L.A his attempts to secure an agent his minor roles his supplemental job in a men s clothing store his girlfriend and so on.In the sections about The Room , we get a blow by blow description of the film s production Much of this is laugh out loud funny, because Tommy knew nothing about movie making Thus, once Wiseau finished his rather confused script, he bumbled about auditioning actors hiring and firing crew members purchasing equipment choosing his bizarro wardrobe designing scenery directing the film arranging for the premiere and much Greg s descriptions of Wiseau s efforts are intentionally humorous, as he describes Tommy s total inability to remember the lines he wrote for himself his eccentric decisions about d cor which generally came from thrift stores and staging his flaky green screen additions his insistence on extensive love scenes that feature his naked butt his outrageous over acting his decision to feature incongruous scenes like one where the actors toss around a football while wearing tuxedos his personal on set toilet, which cost thousands of dollars..but had a curtain instead of a door and so on.The movie set wasn t all fun and games though, because Tommy could be difficult The auteur was hours late to the set every day was sometimes insensitive to the actors fired people willy nilly didn t air condition the overheated sets didn t supply drinking water rejected suggestions for improving the movie etc.Most of the cast and crew came to believe the movie would be a total failure that no one would see Thus, they became lackadaisical about their jobs, and after a while production values plummeted Little did these people know that good natured insults and lightweight objects would be hurled at the screen night after night as fans repeatedly watched and made fun of the cult hit To add to the success story of The Room , James Franco optioned The Disaster Artist for a movie Franco directed the film, which stars himself as Tommy Wiseau and his brother Dave as Greg Sestero I like Franco s movie, which outlines the story of Tommy and Greg s offbeat bromance. and exemplifies the craziness surrounding the making of the original film Some of the most popular scenes in The Room were re shot pixel by pixel for The Disaster Artist , and it s fun to see the dual scenes side by side in Franco s movie The thing I like least about Sestero and Bissell s book is the long and speculative fantasy tale about Tommy s early life The authors suggest that Tommy was born somewhere in Eastern Europe had a difficult abusive childhood ran away from home worked as a prostitute made his way to the United States became very wealthy perhaps illegally and so on There are even tongue in cheek suggestions that The Room was a creative money laundering scheme Though some of this may or may not be true, there s no proof and these scenes are boring They should have been left out IMO Overall, I like The Disaster Artist book, but I have reservations about Sestero s ambivalent attitude toward Wiseau Sometimes Greg speaks highly of Tommy at other times he makes nasty observations about his friend comments that seem hyperbolic and disingenuous Though Greg s sometimes acerbic criticism of Tommy may be justified, Sestero seems VERY ungrateful to the person who made him a success If not for Tommy Wiseau, Sestero would probably be an unknown Moreover, Tommy actually comes across as a sympathetic figure a lonely man, out of his element, who works very hard to be successful You have to admire that If you re interested in this saga, you should first watch The Room then read The Disaster Artist and finally see Franco s film I promise you, you ll get a lot of laughs.You can follow my reviews at

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    I was going to write a full review of this, but really everything I has to say boils down to the following list of directions.One Watch the movie The Room IMMEDIATELY Two Read this book.Three See The Disaster Artist Bonus points if you choose to listen to either of the How Did This Get Made podcast episodes about it Double bonus points if you, like me, develop a crush on Jason Mantzoukas following the above.That is all review to come