The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg SesteroFrom 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 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, The Disaster Artist is more 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.
DISASTER ARTIST: My Life Inside THE ROOM, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
Sestero details the troubled development and production of the cult film The Room , his own struggles as a young actor, and his relationship with Room director Tommy Wiseau. In December , a film adaptation of the same name was released, directed and produced by and starring James Franco as Wiseau, with his brother Dave Franco in the role of Sestero. Sestero is at first perplexed by Wiseau's over-the-top acting technique, his unusual physical appearance, his mysterious accent and his eccentric behavior, which includes a fascination with American culture and a refusal to discuss his past. At the same time, Sestero admires Wiseau's boldness and his genuine enthusiasm for both life and acting. The two form an odd but affectionate bond as Sestero begins to learn of the many contradictions of Wiseau's personality. Sestero signs with talent agent Iris Burton ; as he slowly accrues more acting credits and makes other friends, Wiseau grows jealous, schemes to earn similar acknowledgement such as earning a SAG card by producing and starring in a commercial for a company he himself owned , and threatens to evict him from the Los Angeles apartment he is loaning to him, leading Sestero to become uncomfortable with their relationship.
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Tommy Wiseau's magnum opus The Room has slowly become the stuff of cinematic legend. Destined for the scrap heap of film obscurity, two friends - who shared a deep passion for the The Room' s quirks and eccentricities invited - others to see the film in an empty L. A cinema. It is from there that a worldwide phenomenon was born. For those unfamiliar with the magic of The Room, it is the epitome of B-movie cinema. A film so bad that fans around the world, including myself, gather for midnight screenings to witness its corny dialogue, wooden acting, red herrings, continuity issues, green screen disasters, characters disappearing and framed pictures of spoons, all wrapped in a tale of love, betrayal and loss.
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