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The Disaster Artist by Tom Bissell & Greg Sestero
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The Disaster Artist

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

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Narrator Greg Sestero
Length 11 hours 38 minutes
Language English
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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 co-starring 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 $1,800 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.

Tom Bissell is the award-winning author of Chasing the Sea, God Lives in St. Petersburg, The Father of All Things, Extra Lives, and Magic Hours. He writes for Harper's Magazine, Slate, The New Republic, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. He is also a contributor to several publications, including Grantland and The New Yorker. He is a winner of the Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Tom lives in Los Angeles, California.

Greg Sestero is an actor, producer, and writer. At the age of 17, he began his career in entertainment by modeling in Milan for such designers as Valentino and Armani. Upon returning to California, he went on to pursue acting and appeared in several films and television shows before co-starring in the international cult phenomenon The Room. His many passions include film, sports, nutrition, animals, and traveling. Greg now resides in Los Angeles.

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Reviews

"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." ---Booklist Starred Review Expand reviews