The Disaster Artist has made us question a lot of things. Including, but not limited to: Where is the real Greg Sestero now?
Since, like most cult classics, it took a minute for the world to catch on to The Room as anything other than an utter, ahem, disaster, it seems like a lot of the actors, at least temporarily, slipped under the radar. But turns out, Greg Sestero — who plays Mark in The Room, Johnny’s (Tommy Wiseau) BFF who cheats with Johnny’s “future wife,” Lisa (Juliette Danielle) — has been right in front of our faces the whole time.
He even had a role in The Disaster Artist — as did Wiseau — which TBH feels like the premise of a Black Mirror episode, but we’re kinda into it.
He played a casting agent in The Disaster Artist and went uncredited, but the internet knows, Greg. The internet knows. Looking back, Greg Sestero was a mildly successful up-and-coming actor prior to The Room. Although he definitely wasn’t on any “actors to watch lists,” he did have a number of smaller, low-profile roles. Like, he apparently played a murder witness on Nash Bridges and Carin’s brother Jaime in Patch Adams. He also appeared in Days of Our Lives!
As for life not too long *after* The Room…
Sestero had a bit part as a frat guy in Accepted and also played a model in TV series Fashion House. Years later, he popped up in a couple episodes of The Nostalgia Critic, and more. But the biggest piece of success for Greg Sestero since The Room is kind of obvious, and it stemmed directly from his experience working on the cult classic: His 2013 memoir, The Disaster Artist, was the basis for James Franco’s film of the same name (in limited theaters now).
But wait, there’s more The Room-related projects to look forward to from Greg Sestero.
The actor wrote and stars in a film, Best F(r)iends, that’ll reunite him with The Room mastermind Wiseau (!!). The film is apparently set for 2018 and centers on a homeless man and a mortician who become friends and strike up a business partnership, but things take a turn for the worse. (Honestly, we’d expect nothing less than #DRAMA.)
Opinions on The Room can vary wildly, but we’ve got to give props to Sestero. Whether you think The Room is a disaster or a really bizarre work of art, Greg Sestero turned into a fairly successful name after the fact. There’s probably some kind of moral there, right? If at first you don’t succeed…