I’m one of those people obsessed with the cult classic The Room. I can recite almost every line, have watched it over-and-over and am in awe of the enigma that is Tommy Wiseau.
As someone who wanted answers to my many questions, I was ecstatic to hear about Greg Sestero’s memoir The Disaster Artist.
I first heard the announcement that Simon and Schuster was publishing Greg Sestero’s book a few years back on How Did This Get Made?, the popular Earwolf podcast hosted by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas. Sestero, who played Mark in The Room, was a guest and the subject that week was, of course, the movie. You could hear the excitement in Paul’s voice as he tossed Greg question after question; it was awesome!
Naturally, I wanted more and was bummed I had to wait two years to get it. But just like they do with that damn football in The Room, time passed…
…and sure enough, the book’s finally been released! This memoir is not only the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time, but it dishes on a lot of great insider stuff: how Tommy came to make The Room, life on set, Greg and Tommy’s friendship, the absurdity and enigma that is Tommy Wiseau, the awkward sex scenes, Tommy’s obsession with James Dean, being forever young, and the spoons!
Apart from the hilarity, this story is also an inspiring one. Tommy happens to be a shining example of the American dream! He’s worked hard and it’s paid off in the most bizarre and fascinating way. I never thought I could get more out of The Room – it’s pretty one-dimensional, after all - but thanks to Greg and his co-author Tom Bissell, I have.
And if you aren’t already, here’s a rap about The Room to get you in the mood: