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    • Publication date:18 Jun 2015
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The Disaster Artist

My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

By Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell

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The Disaster Artist is the hilarious, behind-the-scenes story of cult cinematic phenomenon The Room, as well as the tale of an odd and inspiring Hollywood friendship.

Now a major motion picture, The Disaster Artist, starring James Franco, Alison Brie, Zoey Deutch, Lizzy Caplan, Zac Efron, Bryan Cranston, Dave Franco, Kristen Bell, Seth Rogen, Sharon Stone, and Judd Apatow.

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. Over a decade later, The Room is an international cult phenomenon, whose legions of fans attend screenings featuring costumes, audience rituals, merchandising and thousands of plastic spoons.

In The Disaster Artist, 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 an honest and warm testament to friendship.

Biographical Notes

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

Tom Bissell is the author of several books and a winner of the Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He writes frequently for Harper's and The New Yorker.

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  • ISBN: 9780751571769
  • Publication date: 23 Nov 2017
  • Page count: 304
  • Imprint: Sphere
A great portrayal of hopefuls coming to Los Angeles to pursue their ambitions, and an even greater examination of what it means to be a creative person with a dream and trying to make it come true....In so many ways. Tommy c'est moi
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I laughed so hard reading The Disaster Artist that I cried
Possibly the most important piece of literature ever printed
The Disaster Artist is not only the terrifically engaging tale of a bad Hollywood movie, it's one of the most honest books about friendship I've read in years
Finally, a hilarious, delusional, and weirdly inspirational explanation for the most deliciously awful movie ever made
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