The Disaster Artist | Chicago Reader

The Disaster Artist

"Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process," E.B. White once wrote. His words apply to The Room, an inept drama from writer-director-producer-star Tommy Wiseau that found instant cult status upon its release in 2003, earning the coveted word-of-mouth review "It's so bad it's good." Ten years later, Wiseau's costar, Greg Sestero, published a behind-the-scenes book called The Disaster Artist that chronicles his friendship with Wiseau and the clumsy production of The Room. Now James Franco has directed a film adaptation of the book in which he plays Wiseau and his brother Dave plays Sestero. Both the book and the movie try to explain what makes The Room such a phenomenon, but Franco loses patience and takes a scalpel to the story. Continue reading>>



  • James Franco


  • James Franco
  • Dave Franco
  • Seth Rogen
  • Judd Apatow
  • Hannibal Buress
  • Jerrod Carmichael
  • Bryan Cranston
  • Zoey Deutch
  • Zac Efron
  • Nathan Fielder
  • Ari Graynor
  • Melanie Griffith
  • Josh Hutcherson
  • Jason Mantzoukas
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse
  • Megan Mullally
  • Paul Scheer
  • Sharon Stone
  • Jacki Weaver
  • Andrew Santino
  • Alison Brie
  • June Raphael
  • Sugar Beard


  • James Franco
  • Evan Goldberg
  • Vince Jolivette
  • Seth Rogen
  • James Weaver
  • Kelli Konop
  • Alex McAtee
  • John Middleton
  • Hans Ritter
  • Nathan Kahane
  • Joe Drake
  • Erin Westerman

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