The Bad and the Beautiful
The key to understanding Tommy Wiseau's transcendently terrible cult movie The Room isn't just the director's erratic personality, writes Louis Bayard, but Wiseau's bizarre obsession with this book's co-author, actor Greg Sestero.
The Disaster Artist:
My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell
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An obsessed auteur, denied major-studio financing for his audaciously personal project, follows his own path to glory. Declaring himself writer, producer, director, and star, he makes the picture on his terms—ruling his set with an iron fist, shouting down naysayers, and, in his darkest hours, clinging to the belief that he is changing the face of the art form.
Am I speaking of Orson Welles? Jean Renoir? John Cassavetes? Or am I speaking, finally, of Tommy Wiseau?
If that last name doesn’t ring a bell, you still might know Wiseau’s chef d’oeuvre, a 2003 drama titled The Room. If even that has escaped your attention, then by all means station yourself at some designated urban theater in the vicinity of midnight. Watch a troop of Wiseau-philes perform their mystic rites: tossing around footballs, hurling plastic
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