The Disaster Artist is the behind-the-scenes story of one of modern cinema’s most outrageously infamous movies, The Room—called “the Citizen Kane of bad movies” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best worst movie ever” by Newsweek—and its eccentric and enigmatic mastermind Tommy Wiseau. An account of friendship, joy, sorrow, and ambition as well as a cinematic history lesson on the origins of truly independent cinema. Written by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell, featuring a foreword by James Franco.
From the actor who lived through the most improbable Hollywood success story with an award-winning narrative nonfiction writer comes the inspiring and fascinating story of a mysterious outsider who sundered every roadblock in the Hollywood system to achieve success on his terms. The Disaster Artist is a hilarious and poignant tale that speaks to anyone who has ever dreamed of following their creative dreams while rejecting societal norms.
Beneath the thousands of jokes made at The Room’s expense lies one of the most astonishing stories in modern Hollywood: the making of a film often hailed as the Citizen Kane of bad movies. In 2003, an actor with no film credentials, working on what would become his first feature, found himself embroiled in a strange production that began to spiral into a nightmare. But in many ways, Disaster Artist is the story of an alien from outer space who was never supposed to fit in Earth’s ways, let alone conquer it. Greg Sestero’s memoir is a riotous and moving tribute to friendship. Its dreams were realized against all odds, and official selections for editions: New York Times Bestseller, Washington Post Bestseller, Time Magazine Bestseller, and Kirkus Reviews Bestseller.
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From the actor who lived through the most improbable Hollywood success story with an award-winning narrative nonfiction writer comes the inspiring, fascinating, and laugh-out-loud story of a mysteriously wealthy outsider who sundered every roadblock in the Hollywood system to achieve success on his terms—the making of The Room, “the Citizen Kane of bad movies” (Entertainment Weekly).
In 2003, an independent film called The Room—written, produced, directed, and starring a very rich social misfit of indeterminate age and origin named Tommy Wiseau—made its disastrous debut in Los Angeles. Described by one reviewer as “like getting stabbed in the head,” the $6 million film earned a grand total of $1,800 at the box office and closed after two weeks. Now in its tenth anniversary year, The Room is an international phenomenon to rival The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Thousands of fans wait in line for hours to attend screenings complete with costumes, audience rituals, merchandising, and thousands of plastic spoons.
Readers need not have seen The Room to appreciate its costar Greg Sestero’s account of how Tommy Wiseau defied every law of artistry, business, and interpersonal relationships to achieve the dream only he could love. While it does unravel mysteries for fans, The Disaster Artist is more than just a hilarious story about cinematic hubris: It is ultimately a surprisingly inspiring tour de force that reads like a page-turning novel, an open-hearted portrait of a supremely enigmatic man who will capture your heart.