For most who know me, or for those who have been in contact with me over the course of the past few months, my obsession with Tommy Wisseau’s cinematic tour de force, The Room, and particularly with Room co-star Greg Sestero probably isn’t too much of a secret. For a couple of months it was all I could think about, the topic of nearly every one of my conversations. As time passed, The Room became more and more a part of who I was and less a simple form of entertainment. So, it goes without saying, that I wasn’t going to stop at merely viewing this thing in the comforts of my own home. I wanted to talk to the people responsible for this life changing film. But I had no way of doing so, and up until last night, I didn’t think I ever would.
The other night, while clicking about facebook, seeing if the name Greg Sestero was in anybody else’s Facebook information, as it is in my profile under Political Views, I found that Mr. Sestero was in fact a participant in the cultural internet phenomenon. Needless to say, I sent a friend request his way without hesitation.
The request was promptly accepted within hours, as notified by one of the coolest emails I have ever received: “Greg Sestero has confirmed your friend request on Facebook.” Of course, suspicious of phoniness, I wasn’t all too excited. But then, last night, upon scouring the list of online friends in fb chat as I do so often, there appeared the man himself. At first I shrugged it off, but then reflected, “Why not give him a try, if it isn’t him, who cares? If it is, all the better.”
I am glad I didn’t succumb to my inhibitions. Greg Sestero is on facebook, and he’s willing to talk to you. A warm reception, prompt answers to my arduous questioning, and legitimate conversation ensued at the late hour of 1 am. Here is the result of my late night shenanigans, Enjoy:
is this the real greg sestero
how can i be sure?
You’re tearing me apart!
that is a tommy quote
I’m just sitting here thinking…
ok so you’re a fake
it’s really me
can you tell me what part of patch adams you’re in?
The funeral scene when the Monica Potter character dies….
ive been meaning to try to find you
you just saved me some time
middle of the movie..in it for about 6 seconds
btw, i watched retro puppetmaster
haha enjoy it?
you’re good in it, but the movie as a whole is rather disappointing
I know..it was fun shooting in Romania. but i didnt care for the final edit
got any jobs in the works?
follow up from ew…a lot of buzz from The Room..who would have thought:)
i mean, you’re the best part of the room
thanks…it was a blast making it…i never thought anyone would see it…how did u find it?
i read about it in EW
and then bought it for my friend
and watching it was the best thing i ever did
The EW article really helped explain the madness..have you seen it with an audience?
ive been dying to
u have to…what city r u in?
i am in MD
but i go to school a few hours from NYC
did you see the abc news clip?
no i did not
ABC World News
you have to watch it…this was abc world news with charles gibson
i will definitely
would you ever be interested in an official interview
i write for a blog
and do my own blog
maybe just something over facebook like this
we could even do one right now, lol
yeah..the next few weeks are a little crazy, but at the end of the month
what about tommy?
ive been really interested in the movie since i saw it
sept would b good
thatd be great
how should we do it?
facebook or phone
here’s another link for you
so how do you feel about the room
did you think while you were making it, that it was going to be a good film
it’s pretty amazing what’s it turned into…i never thought a good film, just entertaining:)
well do you think it’s funny? Or do you take it as a serious work?
i think it’s hilarious! trying not to laugh a lot of times was part of the challenge:)
yeah thats what i was wondering!
like there are some scenes that i wonder if it was unbearable to shoot. Was it incredibly painful to be a part of?
the part where mike falls in the trashcan was my fav or in a few minutes bitch
in that sense
some scenes were difficult..i just just kept thinking..paycheck:)
as far as the budget, Tommy claims its in the millions? Was that partially because he overpaid you guys as actors? overpaid the music credits?
did you make a lot of money working on it?
let’s save these fun questions for the interview:) i gotta hit the sack….
do you mind if i post this convo on my blog
Blog it as a whole when we finish watch the abc news clip you’ll love it!!
id like to get what i have up now just for fun
nobody reads it anyways
and ill watch those things right away
is that cool?
how should we set up the interview?
can i get your email or something
alright do you respond there?
should we just communicate through there and facebook? id really like to have something scheduled
im thrilled to actually be talking to you
prob the first week of sept
ill just talk to you through fb and email then
if you dont mind ask tommy about coming to skidmore college for a screening and talk
sounds good! Youre a sport
haha thanks, love your work
keep off the grass, its no wonder you cant think straight
I plan to interview the man officially come September, and hopefully the room cast will Grace the Skidmore campus in the fall semester. Thanks for your time Greg.