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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (7 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476730407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476730400
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 (James Franco)

A book about a cinematic comedy of errors . . . sharply detailed . . . funny (New York Times)

I laughed so hard reading The Disaster Artist that I cried (Rolling Stone)

Possibly the most important piece of literature ever printed (The Huffington Post)

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 (Los Angeles Times)

Finally, a hilarious, delusional, and weirdly inspirational explanation for the most deliciously awful movie ever made (Rob Lowe) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Paterson on 4 Feb. 2014
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As if that movie couldn't get funnier, hearing Sestero's anecdotes on the nightmare shoot add a context that make scenes even more ridiculous. The book's narrative has two sections that it switches back and forth to: Sestero's life before, during and after meeting and sharing an apartment with Tommy Wiseau AND the story of the Room's production. The pace is brilliant. You won't want to put it down. The book gives insight into the enigma that is Tommy Wiseau, where he (possibly) came from and how he lives his life (which is even more insane than you'd think. For one thing he thinks he's a vampire.) The surprising thing about this book is that even with it's (frequent) laugh out loud moments, by the end it becomes very moving. I did not expect to tear up reading the final page, but I did. One of the best books I've read. And no I am not Tommy Wiseau don't even ask.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Wilson on 18 Dec. 2013
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I was seriously impressed by this book. I'll admit that based on what I knew about Greg Sestero before, that he was a pretty actor in a terrible/wonderful film and nothing else I'd heard of, that I had found the idea of him writing a book to be absolutely hilarious. But I'm so glad he did.

Sestero and Bissell present a refreshing, hilarious and poignant view of the young actor's struggles and an extremely candid story of the making of The Room. I'd expect anyone who knows the film relatively well to enjoy it just as much as I did - to be entertained, moved, shocked and to be content with the mystery that Tommy Wiseau's life.

It's good to see Greg Sestero as the star of the show, of sorts. The book is bloody brilliant. Order it for someone special. Then ask if they want it. Then declare you already ordered it. You think of everything! And, you won't regret it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on 5 Nov. 2013
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If you have any love for "The Room" or Tommy Wiseau, buy this book. It is without a doubt one of the most amazing things I've ever read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Bissett on 2 Mar. 2014
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THE ROOM truly is 'the CITIZEN KANE of bad movies'. A movie SO awful, IT has to be seen to be believed. What was intended to be a melodrama about a happy-go-lucky businessman, Johnny, who begins to suspect that his fiancee, Lisa, is having an affair (with his best friend, Mark), has now been labelled a 'black comedy' by Tommy Wiseau, who not only played Johnny, but was also the director, writer, producer and executive producer!!!! In the years following it's disastrous original release, THE ROOM has rightfully earned it's reputation as a 'cult classic', and at least, it wasn't made by a big Hollywood studio and featured famous movie stars (like for example, MOVIE 43 [2013], which is described as SO awful, it's AWFUL).

Playing Mark in THE ROOM is Greg Sestero, who is also Tommy's actual friend. Alongside Tom Bissell, Greg has written this excellent book which gives you an insight into what went into the making of the film, and also how Greg first met Tommy, and what convinced Tommy to make his 'masterpiece'. The film was in production for six months, and it wasn't all plain sailing: The behind-the-scenes crew had a difficult time dealing with Tommy's directorial styles.

There are so many memorable tidbits of information that this book gives. One of the film's infamous moments was when Johnny comes onto the rooftop, angrily complaining that he did not hit Lisa and throwing his bottle of water, only to go into a pleasant chit-chat of seeing Mark ('Oh, Hi Mark'). According to this book, it took thirty-two takes and three hours to do those seven seconds that has entered cinema history (for all the wrong reasons). I am not making this up!

So, if you loved THE ROOM for all of the wrong reasons, then you'll certainly love THE DISASTER ARTIST for all of the right reasons! Let's go and eat, Huh!

Reviewer: Ben David W
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M. on 16 Jan. 2014
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I don't usually write reviews, but this book was so brilliantly written I was energised to give my tuppence-worth. 'The Room' itself is a uniquely memorable U.S. cinematic oddity that gives rise to many questions concerning its plot, its background and its production. This truly compelling chronicle of the making of 'The Room' at last sheds light on its mysteries, also revealing many fascinating aspects of its enigmatic mastermind Tommy Wiseau. All this is enveloped in the engaging story of Wiseau and Sestero's friendship which has many extraordinary twists and turns.

It is also interesting to learn of the existence of extensive behind-the-scenes footage shot during the making of 'The Room'. One wonders whether this footage will ever be made into a documentary in its own right (or maybe there could be a film based on this book). It would be profoundly interesting to see, potentially drawing strong parallels with the 1968 William Greaves film 'Symbiopsychotaxiplasm' (that I would implore any fans of 'The Room' to investigate) in which the director baffles his actors and crew with difficult/angular dialogue and eccentric interventions, resulting in spontaneous dramatic by-products.

Sestero and Tom Bissell (and, by turn, Wiseau too) should be congratulated on all this - a terrific read. It should go without saying that to anybody acquainted with 'The Room' this book is a must-read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SoozUK on 12 Mar. 2014
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I wasn't expecting so much heart, wit and depth in a book from one of the actors in The Room. If you have been amused by "oh hi, Mark" clips on Youtube you need to buy this book. Greg Sestero deserves all the good things in the world for what he put up with.
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