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Now a major motion picture, The Disaster Artist, starring James Franco, Alison Brie, Zoey Deutch, Lizzy Caplan, Zac Efron, Bryan Cranston, Dave Franco, Kristen Bell, Seth Rogen, Sharon Stone, and Judd Apatow.

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.

©2018 Kelly Pietrangeli (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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what a story mark

the American dream through a twisted mirror. don't let anyone tell you it's impossible. be tommy

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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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Oh hi Mark!

I went into this book with middling expectations. I knew of the movie The Room and I also knew about the movie of this book staring James Franco, I hoped for something to keep my interest. What I found when listening to this story, was that it was full of intrigue and Tommy was a completely fascinating character, who seemed to have absolute self belief.
I assume that the book was mostly written by Tom Bissell, Greg didn't strike me as the kind of person who would use words like moreover or phrases like 'the film proper', I thought it was well constructed and liked how it told the story of the making of the movie in tandem with the relationship of how Greg and Tommy became friends.
The story starts out quite funny, but I found myself feeling more melancholy as it progressed, this didn't make me want to abandon it for a second.
To me, Greg turned into less of a likeable person as events unfolded, even though I could at points see where he was coming from. His narration of the book was very good and he was excellent at Tommy impressions.
I have since watched the movie of this book and have watched many scenes of The Room on YouTube, I have yet to source a Dvd version of it. I have found myself becoming a little obsessed with it and would definitely recommend this book to someone who enjoys the quirky things in life.

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Beautiful, bizarre, hilarious and incredible!

Greg Sestaro perfectly captures the amazing, painful and strange journey of his friend Tommy Wiseau.

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Good but clearly different recording sessions

Good but clearly different recording sessions, but it's good to hear it from the author himself

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A unique story about a bad film that became iconic

The film missed so many great moments told here by a fantastic Greg Sestero who narrates and does the best Tommy Wiseau impression I've heard to date. It's full of strangeness, humour and not afraid to explore to darker elements. Overall a very touching story on what it was like to make the 'It's so bad it became iconic' film The Room.

When watching The Room with a live audience and a visit from Greg and Tommy themselves at The Prince Charles in London somebody asked Tommy if there is anything he would change about The Room, Tommy replied 'Nothing' and I couldn't agree more.

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A bizarre sort of torture

A bizarre sort of torture that I just had to stick with. The snapshot of ‘The Room’ on YouTube is worth seeing just to believe it...’nice doggy’

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Stranger than fiction.

I really enjoyed this autobiographical story. It was hard to believe it was a true story at times. Sometimes it sounded like the narrator had changed part way through a chapter, which was quite distracting.

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Funny, Insightful, Essential for fans of The Room!

As a huge fan of The Room, I was very interested in The Disaster Artist, as I wanted to know more about the enigma that is Tommy Wiseau. I'm pleased to say that I was very happy with this audio-book. The writer, Greg Sestero (Who was friends with Tommy for many years, and played the role of Mark in The Room), provides wonderful narration, adding a degree of authenticity to the story, and fantastically impersonating Wiseau. I would say that The Disaster Artist is a must for people who are just as fascinated with the fantastically dreadful movie that is The Room, I would even say that it is enlightening! I would also recommend at least one viewing of the movie adaptation of The Disaster Artist, which is very entertaining, though it doesn't feel quite as insightful, especially if you haven't read/listened to the original work before.

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Greg Sestero’s narration nailed it

Through this book Greg Sestero gives us a more closer look to Tommy Wiseau, allows us to see how conflict and disastrous, yet somehow inspiring the man is, and in the process makes us feel sorry about him. Greg is definitely a talented writer, but to my surprise he also did a fantastic job narrating his own book, with his on point imitation of Tommy’s accent. I think he did a better job in that regard than James Franco did. Also reading this book makes me have a hard time seeing the movie version since it lacks a whole lot of details and it seemed so rushed. Moreover, Dave France just missed the whole point of Greg’s attitude towards Tommy.
In general this is the best book I’ve read and listened to for recent years. Well done Greg Sestero.

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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!