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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The book opens with Sestero and Tommy eating at a high-end restaurant where Tommy believes he has no need to wait in line for a reservation. A couple of girls invite them over for some flirty conversation, and after Sestero plays along and has a good time, Tommy snaps at them, driving them away by implying they don't do anything but drink. Later, Tommy conspires to drive out the other actor playing Mark so that he can have Sestero in the role like he's always dreamed. He doesn't get much better as the book goes on.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The book opens with Sestero and Tommy eating going to eat at a high-end restaurant where Tommy dumps a water bottle onto his head after getting out of his car while wearing a trainwreck of an outfit. He believes he that has no need to wait in line like everybody else and lies his way into getting a reserved table for a reservation.them, and then browbeats their waitress into giving them an exclusive booth in the nicest part of the restaurant. A couple of girls invite them over for some flirty conversation, and after Sestero plays along and has a good time, Tommy snaps at them, driving them away by implying they don't do anything but drink. Later, Tommy conspires to drive out the other actor playing Mark so that he can have Sestero in the role like he's always dreamed. He doesn't get much better as the book goes on.


* FanDisservice: The nude scenes, InUniverse. Ah, Tommy. Living proof that just because a man is seriously fit and works out regularly ''does not mean'' that he looks good naked.



* FanDisservice: The nude scenes, InUniverse. Ah, Tommy. Living proof that just because a man is seriously fit and works out regularly ''does not mean'' that he looks good naked.



* TheScrooge: Zig-Zagged with Tommy. While he's easily willing to ''buy'' instead of rent cameras and lenses to make an HD/35mm monstrosity, he's unwilling to buy extremely basic goods and services necessary for a film production such as generators, air conditioners and dinner for the cast & crew.



* TheScrooge: Zig-Zagged with Tommy. While he's easily willing to ''buy'' instead of rent cameras and lenses to make an HD/35mm monstrosity, he's unwilling to buy extremely basic goods and services necessary for a film production such as generators, air conditioners and dinner for the cast & crew.



* TechMarchesOn: Why even big-name studios never purchase their equipment, which Tommy fails to realize. What is cutting edge now will be nigh obsolete in a year.

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* TechMarchesOn: [[invoked]]TechnologyMarchesOn: Why even big-name studios never purchase their equipment, which Tommy fails to realize. What is cutting edge now will be nigh obsolete in a year.

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* FanDisservice: The nude scenes, InUniverse. Ah, Tommy. Living proof that just because a man is seriously fit and works out regularly ''does not mean'' that he looks good naked.


* BoisterousWeakling: Tommy possesses both a remarkable amount of bravado and absolutely no ability to defend himself when backed into a corner. He writes an absurd threatening letter to CAA, one of the biggest agencies in L.A., saying that they don't have the "guts" to take on a potential superstar like him as their client, and acts like a total jerk to everyone around him. Whenever someone intimidating like Dan or Greg's mother calls him on his bullshit, however, he quickly caves.

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* BoisterousWeakling: Tommy possesses both a remarkable amount of bravado and absolutely no ability to defend himself when backed into a corner. He writes an absurd threatening letter to CAA, one of the biggest agencies in L.A., saying that they don't have the "guts" to take on a potential superstar like him as their client, and acts like a total jerk to everyone around him. Whenever someone intimidating like Dan or Greg's mother calls him on his bullshit, however, he quickly caves. What makes this even more strangely amusing is that Tommy is not a small or physically weak man by any means, he works out on a daily basis and Sestero, who's not a small or weak man himself, describes him as having a vice-like grip and "cyborg-level strength".


* BelievingYourOwnLies: Tommy, in spades.

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* BelievingYourOwnLies: BelievingTheirOwnLies: Tommy, in spades.



* BoisterousWeakling: Tommy possesses both a remarkable amount of bravado and absolutely no ability to defend himself when backed into a corner. He writes an absurd threatening letter to CAA, one of the biggest agencies in L.A., saying that they don't have the "guts" to take on a potential superstar like him as their client, and acts like a total jerk to everyone around him. Whenever someone intimidating like Dan or Greg's mother calls him on his bullshit, however, he quickly caves.



* BoisterousWeakling: Tommy possesses both a remarkable amount of bravado and absolutely no ability to defend himself when backed into a corner. He writes an absurd threatening letter to CAA, one of the biggest agencies in L.A., saying that they don't have the "guts" to take on a potential superstar like him as their client, and acts like a total jerk to everyone around him. Whenever someone intimidating like Dan or Greg's mother calls him on his bullshit, however, he quickly caves.



* TheMentor: Tommy ''wants'' to be this to Greg. Greg quickly outgrows Tommy, to the latter's distress.



* TheMentor: Tommy ''wants'' to be this to Greg. Greg quickly outgrows Tommy, to the latter's distress.



* WeirdAlEffect: [[invoked]] Greg mentions the possibility of Tommy's "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!" line becoming more well known than than Creator/JamesDean's [[Film/RebelWithoutACause "You're tearing me apart!"]], noting with some concern that a clip of Wiseau's version has ten times as many hits on Website/YouTube as a clip of Dean's.



* WeirdAlEffect: [[invoked]] Greg mentions the possibility of Tommy's "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!" line becoming more well known than than Creator/JamesDean's [[Film/RebelWithoutACause "You're tearing me apart!"]], noting with some concern that a clip of Wiseau's version has ten time as many hits on Youtube as a clip of Dean's.


* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: Tommy Wiseau is '''absurdly''' wealthy, and no one has any idea how. He paid for ''The Room'''s $6 million budget out of his own pocket (yes, it really cost that much to make) and was in no danger of going bankrupt even after his movie bombed in theaters. A bank teller describes Tommy's bank account as "[[ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount a bottomless pit]]", and Sestero surmises that it must have been true if a bank teller [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness would describe it in such an informal and unprofessional manner.]] It's yet another strange detail about Tommy's life that he absolutely refuses to explain, under any circumstances.

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* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: Tommy Wiseau is '''absurdly''' wealthy, and no one has any idea how. He owns properties in both Los Angeles and San Francisco ([[https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/080916/top-10-most-expensive-cities-us.asp two of the most expensive cities in the USA]]), and buys Greg a brand-new SUV practically on a whim. He paid for ''The Room'''s $6 million budget out of his own pocket (yes, it really cost that much to make) and was in no danger of going bankrupt even after his movie bombed in theaters. A bank teller describes Tommy's bank account as "[[ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount a bottomless pit]]", and Sestero surmises that it must have been true if a bank teller [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness would describe it in such an informal and unprofessional manner.]] It's yet another strange detail about Tommy's life that he absolutely refuses to explain, under any circumstances.


* VoodooShark: Think of anything in ''The Room'' that doesn't make sense. The dialogue, the acting, the fact they green-screened a San Francisco skyline on a rooftop set that was '''in''' San Francisco. All of it will make '''less''' sense after hearing Sestero describe Tommy's explanation for it.

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* VoodooShark: Think of anything in ''The Room'' that doesn't make sense. The dialogue, the acting, the fact they green-screened a San Francisco skyline on a rooftop set that was '''in''' San Francisco. All of it will make '''less''' sense after hearing Sestero describe Tommy's explanation for it.



** Or green-screening in the skyline. "I don't want this to be no Mickey Mouse production. I want it look professional."

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** Or green-screening Tommy building a rooftop set in Los Angeles and using green-screen to add in a San Francisco skyline even though '''he owns a building with rooftop access in San Francisco with excellent views of the skyline.city'''. "I don't want this to be no Mickey Mouse production. I want it look professional."

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** The quality of the filmmaking is so inept that many people assume it was made [[NoBudget for pocket change.]] It actually cost ''six million dollars'' and was funded by Tommy entirely out of his own pocket, he's just that bad with money.


* AmbiguouslyHuman: InUniverse, Greg on occasion questions whether Tommy is actually a human being once or twice. His strange accent and mysterious origins were already well-known before this book came out, what the public didn't know were things Sestero disclosed like Tommy's ability to ''put himself to sleep and then wake up at will'' moments before arriving at their destination (something that Tommy would always explain as being a "vampire trick.")

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* AmbiguouslyHuman: InUniverse, Greg on occasion questions whether Tommy is actually a human being once or twice. His strange accent and mysterious origins were already well-known before this book came out, what the public didn't know were things Sestero disclosed like Tommy's ability to ''put himself to sleep and then wake up at will'' moments before arriving at their destination (something that Tommy would always explain as being a "vampire trick.")trick"), or the fact that Tommy managed to locate Greg and send him a supportive telegram while Sestero was staying ''in a hotel in Romania'' despite the fact that Greg [[ParanoiaFuel never told Tommy where he was going.]]

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Tommy, again. The reason Tommy laughs in the scene where Mark tells Johnny a story about a woman whose boyfriend abused her so badly she had to go to the hospital is because [[{{Corpsing}} Tommy kept laughing]], and the rest of the crew just gave up and [[ThrowItIn kept going]] after dozens of failed takes because despite everyone's best efforts, Tommy simply ''could not understand'' why domestic abuse [[DudeNotFunny isn't something one laughs at.]]


* SmallNameBigEgo: According to Greg, Tommy's self-proclaimed greatest dream is to ''own his own planet''.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: According to Greg, Tommy's self-proclaimed greatest dream is to ''own his own planet''. (Presumably, this isn't the planet [[ObligatoryJoke from which he traveled to Earth]].)

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* AmbiguouslyHuman: InUniverse, Greg on occasion questions whether Tommy is actually a human being once or twice. His strange accent and mysterious origins were already well-known before this book came out, what the public didn't know were things Sestero disclosed like Tommy's ability to ''put himself to sleep and then wake up at will'' moments before arriving at their destination (something that Tommy would always explain as being a "vampire trick.")


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* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: Tommy Wiseau is '''absurdly''' wealthy, and no one has any idea how. He paid for ''The Room'''s $6 million budget out of his own pocket (yes, it really cost that much to make) and was in no danger of going bankrupt even after his movie bombed in theaters. A bank teller describes Tommy's bank account as "[[ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount a bottomless pit]]", and Sestero surmises that it must have been true if a bank teller [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness would describe it in such an informal and unprofessional manner.]] It's yet another strange detail about Tommy's life that he absolutely refuses to explain, under any circumstances.


* ItsNotPornItsArt: Tommy insisted on screen-testing potential actresses for Lisa, his character's future wife, by having them make out with him. Most of the actresses simply walked out at this point; the rest were only convinced to stay when Greg assured them that this ''was'' a legitimate film, not a porno.



** To wit, Wiseau ''purchased'' half a million dollars worth of film equipment (a move not even most ''major studios'' would make), including his infamous side-by-side HD and 35mm film cameras yet has caused his second DP to resign because the former wouldn't rent a badly needed generator for $200 a day.

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** To wit, Wiseau ''purchased'' half a million dollars worth of film equipment (a move not even most ''major studios'' would make), including his infamous side-by-side HD and 35mm film cameras cameras, yet has caused his second DP to resign because the former wouldn't Tommy refused rent a badly needed generator for $200 a day.

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** During production, whenever asked why the crew had to build a facsimile of an alleyway, or film on a greenscreen rather than use the rooftop of an actual building Tommy owned, Wiseau's reasoning was this -- it's a "Hollywood movie", so it had to be shot extravagantly on sets rather than cheaply on location. Subverted, as both scenes wound up looking much more fake than the alternative and only wasted money.


** Wiseau named Greg's character after the lead actor in ''Film/TheTalentedMrRipley'': "[[Creator/MattDamon Mark Damon]]."

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** Wiseau named Greg's character after the lead actor in ''Film/TheTalentedMrRipley'': "[[Creator/MattDamon Mark Damon]]."" To be fair, there is an [[https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0198941/ actual Mark Damon]] but itís very hard to confuse the two.

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