The Disaster Artist (eBook)

Description


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. 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 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.

About the Author


Greg Sestero is a French-American actor, producer, and writer. He costarred in the cult phenomenon The Room.

Praise for The Disaster Artist…


"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."
-A. J. Jacobs, author of Drop Dead Healthy

"A surprising, hilarious and compelling account of the making of the modern Plan 9 from Outer Space."
-Patton Oswalt, comedian andauthor of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

"Finally, a hilarious, delusional, and weirdly inspirational explanation for the most deliciously awful movie ever made."
-Rob Lowe, actor and author of Stories I Only Tell My Friends

"The Disaster Artisthas 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."
-Ben Fountain, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

eoeThe Disaster Artist doesne(TM)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 youe(TM)re glad you done(TM)t have to do it twice. Ite(TM)s like a wonderfully weird mash-up of a contemporary Candide and Sunset Boulevard.e
-Joel Stein, author of Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity

Product Details ISBN-13: 9781451661200
Published: Simon & Schuster, 10/01/2013
Language: en