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Publisher's Summary

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, an open-hearted portrait of an enigmatic man who will improbably capture your heart.
©2013 Greg Sestero and Thomas Carlisle Bissell (P)2014 Tantor
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Critic 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)
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By marcus on 06-15-14

It Starts coming Together

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Unfortunately, I wouldn't because most of my friends haven't seen "The Room," but for the few who have, definitely. I think this book is strongest for fans of "The Room".

What other book might you compare The Disaster Artist to and why?

I have no earthly clue, it's a memoir describing the creation of a cult classic that jumps between its production and the events leading up to it. I literally can't think of a single book I've read or listened to like this one.

Which character – as performed by Greg Sestero – was your favorite?

His imitation of Tommy Wisseau is phenomenal. He could start a TPW animated show playing Tommy and I'd watch it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Can you really trust anyone?"

Any additional comments?

I reiterate that this book is definitely for those who've seen "The Room" and love its wonderful absurdity. I think that may be a prerequisite to reading this.

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By Henry Strickler on 08-28-14

You Have to Listen to This Book!

What did you love best about The Disaster Artist?

This story is hilarious and extremely insightful. The narrator gives firsthand accounts of the insane magic of The Room and Tommy Wiseau himself. His impersonation of Tommy is spot on and so much fun to hear. The writing in general is clear and funny, especially in the various eccentric elements of Tommy Wiseau's life. This also provides a little insight into the life of a young struggling actor which was a nice offshoot I didn't expect.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Disaster Artist?

That is hard to choose. Probably Tommy's acting scenes.

What about Greg Sestero’s performance did you like?

Extremely well done. A few words are blurred but it hardly matters. He nails the most important aspect which is Tommy's voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, absolutely. It's great and terrible that it's only 11 hours, because I loved every minute and couldn't stop listening.

Any additional comments?

Definitely, definitely worth your money. It doesn't matter if you've seen The Room or heard of Tommy Wiseau before. If you haven't you'll want to, and if you have, it will be that much better knowing what went on behind the scenes of the best bad movie ever made.

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12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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