Soon to be a major motion picture, The Masterpiece, starring James Franco
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 unraveling 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.
Greg Sestero is a French-American actor, producer and writer. He costarred in the cult phenomenon The Room
Tom Bissell is the author of several books and a winner of the Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He writes frequently for Harper´s and The New Yorker