The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made (Paperback)

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If you don't know about THE ROOM, it's hard to explain. It's a movie--indeed, a very bad movie: that much is clear. But how to describe its hilarity, its surrealism, its almost hypnotic effect on me and millions of others? Yes, I've long been obsessed with Tommy Wiseau's debut feature film: the story of a love triangle between the strangely-accented Johnny, his beautiful future wife Lisa, and his best friend Mark. THE DISASTER ARTIST, written by co-star Greg Sestero, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the doomed/enchanted production. It's a surprisingly touching book about friendship and ambition, and it offers lots of great stories. For instance, did you know that Wiseau once wanted Johnny's car to fly? Director's cut, anyone?

— Ben


Now a major motion picture, The Disaster Artist, by Warner Bros. starring James Franco.

From the actor who somehow lived through it all, a "sharply detailed...funny book about a cinematic comedy of errors" (The New York Times): the making of the cult film phenomenon The Room.

In 2003, an independent film called The Room--starring and written, produced, and directed by a mysteriously wealthy social misfit 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. Ten years later, it's an international cult phenomenon, whose legions of fans attend screenings featuring costumes, audience rituals, merchandising, and thousands of plastic spoons.

Hailed by The Huffington Post as "possibly the most important piece of literature ever printed," The Disaster Artist is the hilarious, behind-the-scenes story of a deliciously awful cinematic phenomenon as well as the story of an odd and inspiring Hollywood friendship. Greg Sestero, Tommy's costar, recounts the film's bizarre journey to infamy, explaining how the movie's many nonsensical scenes and bits of dialogue came to be and unraveling the mystery of Tommy Wiseau himself. But more than just a riotously funny story about cinematic hubris, "The Disaster Artist is one of the most honest books about friendship I've read in years" (Los Angeles Times).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781476730400
ISBN-10: 1476730407
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 7th, 2014
Pages: 270
Language: English