The Disaster Artist Extras
Rent It, Read It, See It
Rent It: The Room. Hailed as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies,” the 2003 film is best screened in the company of your funniest friends. Better yet, take the group to a midnight screening for the full interactive experience. San Francisco’s Clay Theatre shows the movie every month.
Read It: The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. Sestero’s book, co-authored with Tom Bissell, won Best Non-Fiction Book at the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards ceremony in 2014. You can also download the audio book read by Sestero, which was nominated for Best Humor Book at the 2015 Audie Awards.
See It: The Disaster Artist. Director James Franco’s film adaptation goes into wide release on December 8. The film was awarded the top prize at Spain’s San Sebastián International Film Festival in September—likely the first of many accolades.
Coming Up Next
Buoyed by the success of The Disaster Artist, Sestero has another movie coming in the year ahead. Best F(r)iends, due out sometime in 2018, reunites Sestero with Wiseau. Based on an original story by Sestero, the comedy thriller gives Wiseau a chance to act in something besides the worst movie ever made, says Sestero.
“I have always thought that Tommy can be an interesting character actor, not just the punchline to a joke,” says Sestero, who has been encouraged by the warm reception the new film has received at preview screenings.
East Bay Top Three
Here are some of Sestero’s favorite spots in our backyard.
- Bridges Restaurant: “I was in high school when Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) was filmed there. When real stars like Robin Williams and Pierce Brosnan came to make a movie in Danville, it gave me the sense that Hollywood was not some far-off, unattainable place.” (Five years after Mrs. Doubtfire was released, Sestero worked for one day with star Robin Williams on the film Patch Adams.)
- Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site: “O’Neill’s Tao House is a fascinating tour. I don’t think enough people know that this hugely influential playwright created many of his most important works in Danville.”
- Orinda Theatre: “It’s such a beautiful place to watch movies.”
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