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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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5 out of 5 stars
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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18 of 20 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Lindsay on 02-05-18

The book is harsher than the movie

What did you like best about The Disaster Artist? What did you like least?

What I liked best about the Disaster Artists was the author's attempt to understand Tommy since he is a character like none other. What I liked the least is Tommy. He is an incredibly uncomfortable and bizarre person.

Have you listened to any of Greg Sestero’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any of Greg Sestero's performances before, but I thought he did a great job narrating. His impression of Tommy was spot on and that really made the performance.

Do you think The Disaster Artist needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

If Greg were to write a follow-up book, it would be interesting to hear how his life and relationship with Tommy has evolved since the movie "The Disaster Artist" was released.

Any additional comments?

Full disclosure, I have never seen the movie "The Room", but I have seen numerous clips from the movie and know a decent amount about the movie, the plot and the notorious reputation that follows the movie and all those who have touched it. I did see the movie "The Disaster Artist" before reading the book the movie is based on. I was surprised to see how nicely the movie played up Tommy and how innocent and naive they made Greg out to be. In the book, Tommy isn't portrayed in such a flattering light, but Greg does really seem to express what is so captivating about Tommy.

The book was an entertaining read, but Tommy was exhausting and started to really annoy me, which made it a little challenging to continue with the book. What can you say? Tommy is like a train wreck that you can't look away from.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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