Nineteen-year-old Greg Sestero met Tommy Wiseau at an acting school in San Francisco. Wiseau’s scenes were rivetingly wrong, yet Sestero, hypnotized by such uninhibited acting, wanted to do a scene with him. That impulse changed both of their lives. Wiseau seemed never to have read the rule book on interpersonal relationships, yet he generously offered to put the aspiring actor up in his LA apartment. Sestero’s nascent acting career first sizzled, then fizzled, resulting in Wiseau’s last-second offer to Sestero of costarring with him in 'The Room,' a movie Wiseau wrote and planned to finance, produce, and direct—in the parking lot of a Hollywood equipment-rental shop.
Wiseau spent $6 million of his own money on his film, but despite the efforts of the disbelieving crew and embarrassed actors, the movie made no sense. Nevertheless Wiseau rented a Hollywood billboard featuring his alarming head-shot and staged a red carpet premiere. The Room made $1800 at the box office and closed after two weeks.