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 unravelling 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.
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By Thomas Guest on 05-06-18
A must, whether you've seen the movies or not...
So (with a nod to Ed Wood) The Room is almost certainly the worst film ever released. But behind this car crash is a hilarious, emotive, and surprisingly complex story about delusion, optimism, denial and friendship. I absolutely loved it.
Tommy Wiseau is a strange man of uncertain Eastern European origins (epitomised by his ability to self-fund a $6m movie despite an apparent lack of previous success other fields), but he carries a deep obsession with Hollywood and the American dream. Greg Sestero, the protagonist and narrator, both follows and supports Tommy’s pursuit to become the movie star he always knew he would be. Whilst I listened to this I had to remind myself that this isn’t a spoof, and whilst the laughs come thick and fast it soon becomes apparent the extent to which these two men really needed each other. As a narrator Greg imitates Tommy fantastically well - I don’t think I’ve ever finished a book so quickly. Oh, hi Mark.
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By Takeshi Takahashi on 03-08-18
The Wiseau Impression is worth it alone!
Greg Sestero does such an amazing reading of his tell-all book. Punctuated by a spot-on Tommy Wiseau Impression, he puts you through the journey, really his journey, in meeting this strange, long haired creature who would one day create such an infamous piece of cinema, and bring him along with it. The book goes back and forth from the early life of Greg chasing his actor dream to being on the set of the film which would one day bring him stardom, which balances it out nicely. He does not answer every question that a normal viewer might get from watching the film, or hell, even the questions from an obsessed fan, as the book would need to be a bible to do that, but it answers and keeps hidden enough things to keep the audience satisfied with the feeling of not knowing. If you wanted to read the book, hearing Greg do the Tommy impression should be enough for you to listen to this instead. Had a great time listening and would highly recommend!