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The Disaster Artist : My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made - Greg Sestero

The Disaster Artist

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

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Published: 1st October 2013
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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 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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What a story, Greg!

By Wipey

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Pros

  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

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    This was a great book. It was interesting, funny, sad and somewhat scary.

    And eveb after reading the book there's still a mystery about Tommy Wisaeu.

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    ""The Disaster Artist" doesn'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're glad you don't have to do it twice. It's like a wonderfully weird mash-up of a contemporary "Candide" and "Sunset Boulevard"."--Joel Stein, author of Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity

    ISBN: 9781451661194
    ISBN-10: 1451661193
    Series: No
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 268
    Published: 1st October 2013
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 16.1  x 2.6
    Weight (kg): 0.47