"Finally, a hilarious, delusional, and weirdly inspirational explanation for the most deliciously awful movie ever made."
"A surprising, hilarious and compelling account of the making of the modern Plan 9 from Outer Space."
"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."
"A great portrayal of hopefuls coming to Los Angeles to pursue their ambitions, and an even greater examination of what it means to be a creative person with a dream and trying to make it come true.
"Possibly the most important piece of literature ever printed."
"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."
""The Disaster Artist" is not only the terrifically engaging tale of a bad Hollywood movie, it's one of the most honest books about friendship I've read in years."
"Reading 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... The Room has become a cult fave, and this book goes a long way toward explaining how and why."
"Funny, engaging....An improbably resonant tale of warped creativity and friendship."
"Even if you haven't seen Tommy Wiseau's cult film phenomenon, The Room, it would be a mistake to not pick up The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. "
"Hilarious... the stories behind the making of The Room are even more bizarre than one might expect; truly, like the film itself, they must be seen to be believed."
"By the end, it seems somehow fitting that Wiseau's enormous, unfulfilled ambition to make a great film has resulted instead in such a terrific book."
"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."
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
Greg Sestero is an actor, producer, and writer. He was born in Walnut Creek, California and raised between the San Francisco Bay Area and Europe. He is fluent in both French and English.
At the age of 17, Greg began his career in entertainment by modeling in Milan for such designers as Valentino and Armani. Upon returning to California, Greg went onto pursue acting and appeared in several films and television shows before co-starring in the international cult phenomenon The Room. Greg's many passions include film, sports, nutrition, animals, and traveling . This is his first book. Greg now resides in Los Angeles.
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.
oddball celebrity. 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.
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.
Universalizing Art: 'The Disaster Artist' and 'The Room'
The Disaster Artist is a book about the making of a film called The Room, which came out in 2003 and has since achieved a glorified cult status as possibly one of the worst movies ever made; its director/lead actor/writer, Tommy Wiseau has been called the Orson Welles of bad directors. The book is co-written by one of the actors in the film, Greg Sestero, and the journalist Tom Bissell, who wrote about The Room for Harper’s in 2011, and it gives an insider’s account of how such a strange and strangely beguiling film was made...
Book Review: The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero
Just over a decade ago, Tommy Wiseau was a wildly eccentric and possibly brain damaged aspiring filmmaker of unknown foreign origin (some believe he is an actual extraterrestrial) who somehow cobbled together $6 million to make, “The Room,” a vanity-dripping cinematic ode to his own misogyny and metaphorical frustration about his rejection from Hollywood. Full of plot holes, cringe-worthy dialogue and...
TheWrap’s Book Picks for the 2013 Holiday Season: Oz, Reality-Show Sex and ‘The Room’
f you’ve been lucky enough to attend a raucous screening of “The Room” with writer/director/producer/star Tommy Wiseau, then you should appreciate co-star Sestero’s hilarious account of making the movie he never actually wanted to star in. It turns out, Wiseau makes his best impression on the page, because Sestero and co-author Bissell perfectly capture...
The Disaster Artist
When I think about how the creation of great art has been represented by other artists, the first thing that inevitably comes to mind is a clip from an old Hollywood film set in old Europe about the life of a famous composer. Starved for inspiration, the composer takes his beautiful fiancée to a nearby park, and during a carriage ride, begins to notice the sounds of nature: the clip-clopping of the horse’s hoofs, the sweet melody of birdsong…
Book Review – The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
For those of you who have not seen the movie (or have only seen clips of it on Youtube), The Room is the only true and genuine 21st Century Plan 9 From Outer Space or Troll 2. While many directors trip into the pitfall of trying to make a bad movie on purpose and just end up making a bad movie, Tommy Wiseau truly believed that his magnum opus would change the world. The Room‘s story is deceptively simple...
Stranger than Fiction: An Interview with Tom Bissell
Ten years ago, Tommy Wiseau produced, wrote, directed, and starred in one of the best worst movies of all time. The Room, a six million dollar endeavor, was conceived as a “Tennessee Williams-like” drama, its insight into human relationships sure to place it in the running for an Oscar. The film, however, was not received as the auteur intended. Instead of winning accolades, its hilariously inexplicable writing, cinematography, and performances have earned it a devoted cult following...
Some quick thoughts upon finishing “The Disaster Artist”
I honestly have NEVER laughed this much reading a book, I’m talking laughing out loud. I read part of it in a café and I kept thinking I was annoying people who thought I was exaggerating. How can a book be that funny? It is. It really is. Especially when you can hear Mr. Wiseau saying every word…
“The Disaster Artist”
Talk about a Hollywood tragedy. Everyone who’s anyone has been subjected to Tommy Wiseau’s atrocious epic, “The Room,” but do disasterartistyou know what happened behind the scenes? Sestero, who played the Lothario character of Mark in the film, composes a hilarious ode to a disaster, but oddly enough leaves you understanding Wiseau himself. Interspersed, but never stepping on any toes, alongside the making of the film and Sestero’s struggles with gaining a toehold in Hollywood, is the story of a man who placed up a thick wall from which no one could broach...
The Disaster Artist reopens The Room—and uncovers even deeper mysteries
The Disaster Artist is a wildly entertaining, surprisingly touching book-length answer to that bewildered cry. Co-written by The Room line producer and star Greg Sestero, along with journalist/novelist Tom Bissell, it’s an essential chronicle of cinematic failure, in line with previous exemplars of the form such as Steven Bach’s The Final Cut (about the making of Heaven’s Gate) and Julie Salamon’s The Devil’s Candy (about Bonfire Of The Vanities)...
CCLaP - Book Review: "The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made"
While this book heralds itself as being Sestero's life inside The Room, The Disaster Artist reads more as Sestero's attempt to make sense of both writer/producer/director/lead actor Tommy Wiseau, depicted as an independently wealthy manchild who houses more 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...
The Shelf Life - THE DISASTER ARTIST: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
There are thousands of bad movies made every year, why THE ROOM has stuck–why it manages to be an exercise in continuity errors, rambling narrative, and plot canyons and yet be so entertaining is a fascinating question. The book examines why the film was made, who Wiseau actually is (genius, intentional or not?), and how movies get made (badly or not), but more than that THE DISASTER ARTIST is a fascinating page-turning story (almost impossible to believe it’s not fiction) of one man’s drive to create a work of art, what constitutes art, and what makes an artist...
BWW Reviews: THE DISASTER ARTIST Gives an Inside Look into THE ROOM
One pleasant surprise to The Disaster Artist is the writing itself. Co-written with author Tom Bissell, The Disaster Artist has a tongue-in-cheek narrative style that captures the humor-and horror-of Greg's experiences on and off the set. The descriptions of Tommy alone are enough to keep readers laughing throughout the book. One choice quote: "Tommy and I looked more like Marvel Comics nemeses than people who could be friends...
Huff Post Live: 'The Room' Star Tells All In New Book
'The Room,' a film released in 2003, became a cult classic after it grossed $1,800 at the box office. The film's co-star Greg Sestero and journalist Tom Bissell join us to reveal how the movie was made and to debut their book "The Disaster Artist."
‘The Room’ Star Greg Sestero on the Role He Never Wanted in the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
Sestero was hesitant, and for good reason. The script — devoid of any structure, consistent character motivation and logical plot development — was as puzzling as the mysterious millionaire he had met four years earlier in a San Francisco acting class, where Sestero says he was intrigued by Wiseau’s “comic-book pirate presence...
Rolling Stone: Remembering 'The Room'
As we walk up the street, Sestero adjusts his shades and glances up at a large billboard. For five years, Wiseau paid $5,000 a month for an unintentionally creepy advertisement to promote the film here. Now, it heralds the release of The Disaster Artist, so things have come full circle for Sestero. He says proudly, "I think people will really enjoy this book, and now, this sign. I wanted to be creative and give an homage to the infamous billboard that scared the life out of all those people driving through Hollywood."
‘The Room’ Behind-The-Scenes Book Release Party Will Feature New Documentary And Posters
In Tommy Wiseau‘s comedy of errors The Room, he regularly greets his friend with a loud, disingenuous and blandly hilarious line: “Hi Mark!” Next week in Los Angeles, those two words are sure to be on everyone’s lips because Mark himself, actor and author Greg Sestero, is finally releasing The Disaster Artist...
Read an Excerpt From The Disaster Artist, a New Tell-All About the Making of the Cult Flop The Room
On the first day of The Room’s production it was my job to make sure Tommy got up and to the set on time. This would remain my job for the entirety of filming, during which Tommy was routinely three to four hours late. In my defense, Tommy’s interior clock is more attuned to the circadian frequencies of a bat or possum than a man. He typically goes to bed around six or seven in the morning and gets up at three or four in the afternoon...
“Oh, Hi Mark!”: Q & A With The Room’s Greg Sestero On His New Memoir
In the book Sestero tells us how he met Wiseau, how he ended up starring in the “greatest bad movie ever made,” and shares his personal experiences as an actor living in Los Angeles and San Francisco. As a fan with more love for The Room than you can throw a plastic spoon at (plus not one, but TWO signed posters of Tommy Wiseau’s face), I was more than stoked to talk with Sestero...
The Greatest Book About The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made Is Coming
As the popularity of "The Room" has grown over the last decade, Sestero has emerged as an unlikely hero. He seems an unwitting accomplice to Wiseau's cinematic crimes, but also a sympathetic friend, appreciating the director's pure desire to create something, even if that something turned out to be "The Room."
“Oh hi Mark!”: Here’s an exclusive look at the introduction to Greg Sestero’s book about The Room
This book is about what might be the world’s most improbable Hollywood success story. At its center is an enigmatic filmmaker who claims, among many other things, to be a vampire. This man speaks with a thick European accent, the derivation of which he won’t identify. He also refuses to reveal his age or the origins of his seemingly vast fortune. His name is Tommy Wiseau...
Video Village With Ask Chris: Patton Oswalt Channels Tommy Wiseau From The Room
Greg Sestero has been acting since he was a teenager. He’s been in movies with Robin Williams, Jonah Hill, and a buncha other folks, but he’s best known for his role in the 2003 cult epic The Room. His new book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made is out next week, and it makes me wanna share this gut-busting parody from Patton Oswalt.
Scott Haze, James Franco Discuss Their New LA Theater, Upcoming Projects (Exclusive)
Franco: It’s moving full steam ahead. We’ve got an awesome script from [Scott] Neustadter and [Michael H.] Weber. Brandon Trost, our DP on “This Is the End” and “The Interview,” is going to shoot it. We’re planning to go in early December. My brother [Dave] is 100 percent in it and Seth Rogen, who’s producing via his company Point Grey, will probably play a part too...