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

4.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,722 Ratings  ·  1,197 Reviews
From the actor who lived through the most improbable Hollywood success story, with an award-winning narrative nonfiction writer, comes the inspiring, fascinating and laugh-out-loud story of a mysteriously wealthy outsider who sundered every road block in the Hollywood system to achieve success on his own terms—the making of The Room, “the Citizen Kane of bad movies” (Enter ...more
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Simon & Schuster
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Patricia A
Oct 02, 2013 Patricia A rated it it was amazing
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Ha ha ha. What a story, Mark.
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
For those of you who aren't familiar with The Room, it is a glorious piece of American cinema directed, written, and produced by the handsome devil Tommy Wiseau––who also plays the lead role in the film, naturally.



… Okay, okay. So basically, this film is often regarded as being one of the absolute worst movies of all time. (Maybe only rivaled by the equally-ridiculous "Troll 2.") And Tommy Wiseau looks like a creepy muppet. That said, I'm a huge fan of The Room because I'm a sucker for hilarious
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David
Mar 04, 2014 David rated it really liked it
Optimal mental health—if such a thing there be—probably lies somewhere roundabout midway on the self-awareness continuum, but often without thinking, people assume that 'not giving a fuck what other people think' is a sort of modern virtue, suggesting confidence, strength of character, and (if nothing else) the sheer convenience of living only for oneself. If we stop and scrutinize the concept, however, we soon realize that it's an ideal sorely in conflict with the fundamental nature of our live ...more
Madeleine
(This review was originally written for and posted at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography's site. Again, I preordered this bad boy well before I knew I'd be writing about it for anyone other than myself and GR.)


In the long-running tradition of so-bad-it's-good entertainment, 2003's The Room is a fairly recent but impressively groan-worthy addition. Its low-budget approach to visual effects, a script held together by non sequiturs and the wealth of glaring continuity errors make it
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Jenna
I can remember when I was living in Los Angeles and seeing a billboard advertising for "The Room" movie, and there being an RSVP with a phone number. The billboard was there forever, but I had forgotten about it until I ordered the DVD online and saw the same image on the cover. It was funny to learn that Tommy Wiseau (whom the story is mostly centered on) paid for this prime billboard spot for five years...yes, FIVE YEARS! At $5,000 per week for the advertising space times fives years, I believ ...more
Caris
Apr 04, 2014 Caris rated it really liked it
Recommended to Caris by: David
Shelves: 2014
Last week, a coworker and I hopped on the light rail to get to a meeting downtown. This coworker of mine happens to be real bougie, and it took a great deal of coaxing to get her to take public transportation. But fuck that, right? I'm not trying to find parking downtown.

Everything went well for two stops.

At the third stop, a middle-aged man with a Thirstbuster and a great deal of sun damage boarded our car with his bicycle. The designated bicycle area was all full, so he was stuck with us. One
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Paul Bryant
Aug 16, 2014 Paul Bryant rated it liked it
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“Maybe I am too unique”


- Tommy Wiseau

The Room is a popular choice for the best worst movie ever*. It was a GIGANTIC VANITY PROJECT bankrolled by, produced by, starring, written and directed by a guy called Tommy Wiseau who was more than a little odd.

He was a guy in his 40s, long dyed black hair, looked like one of those heavy metal band guys who’ve been doing drugs and staying up late for 35 solid years, his face looked facelifted, puffy and like he never went outside and slightly melted,



and he
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Simone
Sep 23, 2013 Simone rated it it was amazing
Unlike the people rating a book they haven't read, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advance copy and have in fact read it, and as an avid fan of the 2003 cult hit, 'The Room' (I've seen it around 35 times) I can assure you it's everything I hoped it would be! Greg Sestero, star of the Room and Tommy Wiseau's right hand man (and line producer) reveals to us some of the greatest mysteries of the cinematic universe: how did this movie get made, and what is the deal with Tommy Wiseau? It ...more
Korey
Oct 02, 2013 Korey rated it it was amazing
I am a super fan of The Room and I am obsessed with that mystical muppet Tommy Wiseau so of course I had to blow off work yesterday and read this book in one sitting the day it came out. I cannot keep my stupid comments in my pocket anymore. I have to review this masterwork. I had ridiculously high expectations for this book and I am happy to say it totally delivered. I don't know if I have ever laughed out loud so hard when reading a book in my life. This is so consistently funny I had tears in ...more
Tom
Nov 10, 2013 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Disaster Artist is an amazing book, and I don’t mean that in the same way that people say the film The Room is amazing, i.e., amazingly bad. I mean that it is actually a really amazing character study of one Tommy Wiseau, the wealthy, earnest and completely bizarre auteur behind what has been called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies." As is often the case, truth is stranger than fiction, and the character of Johnny from the film only scratches at the surface of the weirdness of the real-life T ...more
Boyd
May 31, 2014 Boyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those who, like me, delighted in PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, generally considered to be the worst movie ever made, THE ROOM was, and is, a revelation. Even a movie starring the deceased Bela Lugosi and pocked with flying saucers variously identified by viewers as pie tins or paper plates cannot compare with the awfulness of Tommy Wiseau's self-directed, self-produced, self-written and self-starred-in masterpiece. Made for 6 million dollars, the film's inexplicably cheap-looking and ludicrous se ...more
noelle
Dec 18, 2013 noelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: do-not-own, ebooks
“Before running the scene one final time, Tommy wanted to talk to the flower shop owner about her dog. “So cute,” he said, as he petted the dog. “Hopefully he doesn’t bite me, my God.”
I think the owner somehow misinterpreted this as Tommy wanting the dog out of the next take. “Well,” she said, “he’s actually really old now. He just sits around. He won’t bother anyone. He kind of rules over this counter.”
Tommy nodded, smiling, still gazing down at the motionless little dog. “So is it real thing?”
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V
Mar 19, 2015 V rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, bio, non-fiction
So, a couple of weeks ago I went to see my first ever screening ofThe Room. And the moment I walked back into my apartment, I had a whole bunch of questions running around my mind. How was the movie financed, and why did it wind up looking cheaper than an American soap opera? Why was it narratively paced and staged like a short play in three acts? Did nobody tell Mr. Wiseau that stage plays function differently to movies? How did nobody try and rewrite the dialogue, to actually make it sound... ...more
Adam
Nov 16, 2013 Adam rated it it was amazing
"Colonel Tom Edwards: This is the most fantastic story I've ever heard.
Jeff Trent: And every word of it's true, too.
Colonel Tom Edwards: That's the fantastic part of it."- from Ed Wood's screenplay for Plan 9 from Outer Space

This book is fucking incredible. What I need you to understand if you're reading this review is that there is zero intended sarcasm or irony in that statement. This is, and I mean this with all sincerity, one of the best non-fiction books I've read and one of the greatest st
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Lea
Jan 01, 2015 Lea rated it liked it
I found this book incredibly sad.
Allison Floyd
Do you understand life? Do you?

You will, after reading The Disaster Artist. Or at the very least you'll embrace the confusion.

This is truly a glorious book. It induced riotous laughter, tears, and a profound gratitude for the absurdity of the human condition. I didn't think it was possible to be a bigger Room fan than I already was, but that was before Greg Sestero (Oh, hi, Mark!) peeled back the green curtain to reveal a Wizard more compelling, loathsome, lovable, hilarious, megalomaniacal, pa
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Rade
Dec 05, 2014 Rade rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, owned
"Oh, Hi Mark!"

Holy crap, what a ride haha. If you are not familiar with The Room movie,you are probably not the only one. It was the most absurd piece of American cinema directed, written, and produced by Tommy Wiseau. To say that Tommy is an absurd director and/or a crazy son of a bitch is an understatement of a century.

This book follows a young Greg Sestero who just so happens to costarring with Tommy in his movie. Sestero, from a very early time in his life dreamed of becoming an actor but h
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Natalie
Sep 02, 2014 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Absolutely hilarious - highly recommend to anyone who's a fan of Tommy Wiseau's 2003 masterpiece The Room or to anyone who's curious about how the film industry works in general.
Anna
May 19, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing
‘The Disaster Artist’ is one of the funniest books I have ever read. (Incidentally my award for most hilarious of all time goes to Lint.) It tells the tale of The Room, popularly known as one of the worst films ever made. For many years I’ve been attending a Bad Movie Night with friends and thus have seen a good many shit films. Forgettable bad films abound - creature features in which the CGI monster has barely been rendered, appallingly misogynistic action films, big budget extravaganzas with ...more
Leigh
Aug 28, 2014 Leigh rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, nonfiction, 2014
As earnestly terrible as The Room is as a movie, there's something unseemly and desperate about Greg Sestero's expose. Yes, the behind-the-scenes look at the disastrous filming production and production process are just as jaw-dropping as the quality of the finished product, but the creepiness of Sestero and Wiseau's relationship--from both parties, let's be real here--just made me feel sorry for Tommy and empathize less with Greg, who just seems like a standard LA douche telling all kinds of pe ...more
Shannon Alexander
Oct 02, 2013 Shannon Alexander rated it it was amazing
Of course, I bought this book because I love The Room. I enjoy the midnight showings and speaking in Room quotes whenever possible (oh hai doggie!) but I also want to better understand the whole enterprise because there is an undercurrent of cruelty in Room fandom; you ARE laughing at a man's accent, his acting, his appearance, and his attempt to make a real dramatic film. Some of this is tempered by Tommy's participation in the midnight showings but I really did enjoy getting fuller understandi ...more
Liam
Sep 09, 2014 Liam rated it really liked it
So The Room was a really bad movie that got made back in 2003. I think I only ever sat through the entire thing once - I've seen a lot of bits and pieces and clips from it, but not the entire movie very often. I sat down and re-watched it in anticipation of reading this, to refresh my memory. God it's worse than I remember.

I'm going to preface this by saying that I'm going off the assumption that the book is mostly (if not 100%) legitimately true-to-life. If it isn't, I am a sad Liam.

The book ju
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Harrietthespy
Dec 02, 2015 Harrietthespy rated it it was amazing
The Disaster Artist was everything I wanted it to be: a book that recounts the hilarious filmmaking process of The Room but also unveils some of the mystery surrounding Tommy Wiseau ...The candles, the music, the sexy dress. I mean, what's going on here?

And contrary to many other reviewers of this book, I believe Greg Sestero was an excellent narrator and is a kind and sensitive person. I did not get the impression that Tommy Wiseau would hold a grudge against him for writing this book. I hope n
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Kaila
Sep 29, 2015 Kaila rated it it was amazing
There is enough information about The Room elsewhere, so I’m going to talk about my own experiences. I’ve seen it about 10 times and only one of those times was in a theater. I was very, very confused when people started throwing plastic spoons at the screens. About halfway through, I finally got it. Mostly I’ve been “that one friend” who forces all of her friends to watch it after we’ve had just slightly too many Scotchkas. It’s been accompanied by the Rifftrax MP3 a few times, but I personally ...more
Andrew Hicks
Sep 07, 2015 Andrew Hicks rated it liked it
My self-assigned homework project for my second year on Goodreads is to read and review one five-star book from the reading lists of each of my five favorite new GR friends I made in my first year here. I've already reviewed Birds of America , a Snotchocheez favorite. And now, courtesy of Erin, my go-to Goodreads friend for celebrity memoirs, here's The Disaster Artist .

This is the backstage account of actor Greg Sestero's experience making The Room , the most notoriously bad movie since P
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Rebeca
Sep 07, 2015 Rebeca rated it it was amazing
...whatever Tommy had been running from, he'd managed to turn and face it down in his script. Instead of killing himself, he wrote himself out of danger.

I took this book with me while crusading through the odder parts of Miami today. I'd barely read fifty pages of it before it started to feel like the universe was trying to align perfectly and make me experience this story in full. For example, barely before 10 am, some woman on the street wandered into the Starbucks I was at. She kept trying
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Philipp
Mar 02, 2014 Philipp rated it really liked it
Have you ever seen The Room? If not, just watch this scene. Needless to say, it's great: "Oh hi Mark!".

If you ever wondered how that movie came to be, here's The Disaster Artist, by one of the movie's co-stars: Greg Sestero (who's Mark in the above scene). Did you know it cost 6 million dollars? Did you know it took forever to film? Did you know Wiseau kept on forgetting basic sentences he himself wrote? Did you know still no-one really knows where all this money came from? Did you know Wiseau
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Wealhtheow
Aug 18, 2014 Wealhtheow rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
"The Room" is one of cinema's greatest disasters, a film so bad that it has achieved a minor cult following. One of the actors wrote up his experiences behind the scenes, revealing that the process of filming was just as weird and senseless as the movie itself. Greg was also friends and roommates with Tommy Wiseau (the writer/director/producer/star of The Room), and spends a good portion of the book talking about their odd relationship, which was a mixture of extreme generosity and manipulative ...more
Eden
The Room is a low-budget film released in 2003 and is considered one of the worst movies ever made. I watched the movie once, back when Adult Swim aired it the first time for their annual April Fools prank. And that once was enough for me. I'm not a fan of the movie, so that's not why I read this book.

I was interested in the behind the scenes of the movie. In all honesty, I was just wondering how the movie even got made.

It was interesting to read about and frustrating at the same time. I have to
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Thomas Claxton
Jun 17, 2013 Thomas Claxton marked it as to-read
I've known about this book for a while now and I'm so excited to read this! I feel like I'm sitting on an atomic bomb waiting for it to go off!
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