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Ha, ha, ha! What a story, Mark!,
This review is from: The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made (Hardcover)
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 , 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