The Disaster Artist - Greg Sestero

The Disaster Artist

By Greg Sestero

  • Release Date: 2013-10-01
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 5
From 292 Ratings


Now a major motion picture, The Disaster Artist, by Warner Bros. starring James Franco.

From the actor who somehow lived through it all, a “sharply detailed…funny book about a cinematic comedy of errors” (The New York Times): the making of the cult film phenomenon The Room.

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. Ten years later, it’s an international cult phenomenon, whose legions of fans attend screenings featuring costumes, audience rituals, merchandising, and thousands of plastic spoons.

Hailed by The Huffington Post as “possibly the most important piece of literature ever printed,” The Disaster Artist is the hilarious, behind-the-scenes story of a deliciously awful cinematic phenomenon as well as the story of an odd and inspiring Hollywood friendship. 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 one of the most honest books about friendship I’ve read in years” (Los Angeles Times).


  • More than what I expected

    By sammorris
    When I first saw 'The Room' 3 years ago, I was woefully unprepared for just how absurd, chaotic, and technically inept the film would be. Fortunately I was under the influence of both weed and alcohol while watching it, which allowed me to bypass any expectations (and therefore disappointment) and really enjoy the humor only experienced by seeing something miss its target by such a wide margin. When I found out a book had been written to tell the story of how such a tragic artistic mistake had come to fruition, I knew I had to read it. While watching the movie I often wondered what in hell was the auteur thinking? Now it appeared I would get that chance. While Greg Sestero's semi-autobiographical story gave me a lot of the fantastically ridiculous details I was hoping for, I was surprised to find a more human side to the spectacle that was Tommy Wiseau. The tale of a cinematic calamity was instead a study of a complex and at times tragic soul who was so cruelly treated by the world that he had to create his own planet in his head just to survive. Kudos to Sestero for a great telling of his own difficult life as an actor, a strange but meaningful friendship with the sad yet forcefully optimistic Bird-man, and the creation of a movie so gloriously bad, it's wonderful.

    By Z.R.O.
    I love B movies, and The Room is one of my favorites. When I saw a book existed about the film my curiosity peaked; however, I did not expect this book. The Disaster Artist is a fascinating look into acting, following your dreams and characters larger than life that you come to love and hate at the same time. I can't recommend it enough as long as you have watched The Room at least once.
  • Hillarious

    By Chubbyfunster8679
    Watch the movie then read the book!!
  • If You Don't Like It, Keep Your Stupid Comments In Your Pocket!

    By Levanger
    My niece and I found "The Room" on Vimeo quite by accident...our reactions ran the teeny gamut of baffled and confused to baffled and (highly) amused. The "dialogue" and quotes are just freakin' GOLD. You can't even call it a movie...I'm not sure what to call it, but after watching it we HAD to find out how this thing was ever made and who in the hell was behind it! So I found this book, written by the "line producer" Mark who also "acts" in What a great story! (as Tommy would say). The book is well-written and I give major kudos to Mark for seeing it through. Do what I did and watch "The Room" first, read the book, then go back and watch it again. A-hahahahaha.
  • Amazing!

    By BiancaMF
    This book is absolutely fantastic! If you love the movie you’ll love this book. You’ll laugh every chapter. What I truly appriciate about it, is that this is more than just your regular behind the scenes look. Greg takes you through his journey of fulfilling his dream. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!
  • Witty and insightful

    By Fox-tooth
    Explains the history of "The Room" without lessening its bizarre mystique; in fact it deepens the bizarreness and mystery somewhat. A front-row seat to the production of perhaps the weirdest movie in history.
  • Great book, but anyways, how is your sex life?

    By Jonoxen
    I love The Room and I loved the book. Great insight on how much of a crazy genius Tommy Wiseau is. If you are a fan of the movie, this is a must read.
  • Such A Great Find

    By SuzieeMac
    After first being introduced to The Room, I was intrigued to find out more about the movie and the man behind it all, Tommy Wiseau. I was skeptical to believe that anything related to the movie could be so well put together, even after reading all of these reviews. I must say, this book was awesome, from start to finish. I was laughing constantly and could not put the book down. Anyone who has seen The Room, I strongly encourage you to read this book, you will not regret it!
  • A must read for every fan of The Room

    By Shivalaktika
    You'll laugh on every single chapter, it was a great ride reading this book
  • If you’ve ever had a question about the Room, here you go.

    By michaelmentz
    If you’ve seen The Room, you will want to read this book. The film has spawned an unintentional legacy that will probably last for many years. If you’ve seen that film and been left wondering: “WHY?" Why are there spoons in picture frames, why do they throw a football around while wearing tuxedos, why is Lisa tearing Johnny apart, and a million other whys. This book will give you some answers. Not all. Some. And they only open the doors for more questions.