April 21, 2010

More on actor Tom Sizemore

Posted: 05:49 PM ET


Tonight!  An exclusive interview with actor Tom Sizemore.  He’ll open up on his battle with drugs, his rehab and getting his life back on track!

Here's a mini-biography from the Internet Movie Database.  Sizemore is a well respected actor who has been in some huge movies with huge stars...

Tom Sizemore rose in prominence throughout the 1990s, establishing himself as a memorable tough guy character, sought after by the most respected directors in the business. Born in Detroit on 29 November, 1961, Sizemore grew up idolizing the tough guy characters of the movies he watched. After attending Wayne State University, he got his master's degree in theater from Temple University in 1986.

Like many he moved to New York City and struggled, waiting tables and performing in plays. His first break came when Oliver Stone cast him in a bit part in Born on the Fourth of July (1989). Bigger roles soon followed throughout the early 1990s, such as Guilty by Suspicion (1991), True Romance (1993), and Striking Distance (1993). 1994 proved to be an even bigger year for Sizemore, as he won the role of "Bat Masterson" in Kevin Costner's star-studded biopic Wyatt Earp (1994), as well as one of his first truly memorable roles as "Detective Jack Scagnetti" in Oliver Stone's controversial Natural Born Killers (1994). In 1995 he appeared in Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), Strange Days (1995), as well as the acclaimed crime epic Heat (1995), directed by Michael Mann. Sizemore's first big leading role is in The Relic (1997), the big budget effects thriller directed by Peter Hyams.

According to a 2001 interview in The Calgary Sun, Sizemore entered a drug rehab program in 1998 after his mother and his friend Robert De Niro appeared on his doorstep during the filming of Witness to the Mob (1998) (TV). Telling him they were there to drive him to jail or to rehab, Sizemore chose rehab. After he completed rehab, he counseled teens involved in substance abuse.

Offered both a role in WWII films directed by both Terrence Malick and Steven Spielberg, Sizemore chose the role of "Sergeant Horvath" in Saving Private Ryan (1998). The role and film received widespread acclaim and introduced Sizemore's talents to a much broader audience in a more human and well-rounded role than he had previously been given. Sizemore also credits this shoot and Steven Spielberg for helping him with his recovery from addiction, with Steven Spielberg threatening to re-shoot the entire film if Sizemore failed a drug test even once.

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Smith in Oregon   April 21st, 2010 6:23 pm ET

Larry King, what does Tom Sizemore think about the high profile drug cases of Corey and Jackson? Drugs are so highly valued and used by Hollywood celebs and movie makers, does Tom Sizemore see that changing in the future?

Brianna   April 21st, 2010 6:57 pm ET

Wow, I wish I could be a big looser and get on tv and have people adore me for God knows what.

Joe G. (Illinois)   April 21st, 2010 7:28 pm ET

Without the help of Jesus Christ you can’t get rid of the devil..

I’m sorry Mr. Tom Sizemore, but that goes for you too and there are no two ways about it.. Those rehab retreats that you and others go to are a waste of time and money. They do nothing more than to give you painful withdraw symptom and switch you from one sin or “Addiction” to another sin or “Addiction.”

You really only need to be honest with Jesus Christ, recognize him as your Lord and ask him to cleanse you of evil. But be honest..! Otherwise... you be better off keep fooling yourself as you do and keep watching the clock for the next hour or next moment when you relapse into your old ways.

Thank you and good day.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   April 21st, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Quite a talented person. Sounds like he has led an interesting life and lucky to come out on the otherside too.

Yes, drugs etc are really the devil. You do need God and Jesus on your side. Pray! Pray! Pray! Believe in the "Power of Prayer".

All the best to him.

Debra Jenkins   April 21st, 2010 9:33 pm ET


How were you able to be so kind to Heidi when she was so terrible to you. The fact that you have that much love and compassion for someone else who is in pain speaks well of you.

You have the ability to lead others by the force of your heart and your soul. Just like you did in that film you made so many years ago. As they said in the film about geniuses that I just saw you in, a man is closest to God when he can answer Who Am I? You Tom can now answer that question and help others answer it too.

michelle casey   April 21st, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Larry says that addiction is facinating, as if it is something that the general public has no knowledge off. In fact he acts as if it's something that he is unfamiliar with–Garland, Minnelli, Taylor to name a few from his generation.

Fascinating he says. Actually what is fascinating to the general public is Larry King and his eight marriages! And now we hear that he has no prenup? I could think of dozens of question on that one.

Larry, Taylor and Rooney a very small / rare group of people.

In terms of fascination Siezmore has nothing on you Mr. KIng. Does it bother me that you have been married 8 times? Not at all.

What does bother me is this attitude you have that addiction is somehow so fascinating to a person who has been married 8 times.

It is so interesting how we love to turn the mirror on others.
Fascinating indeed Mr. King.

Renee   April 21st, 2010 10:23 pm ET

I'm thrilled that Tom Sizemore overcame the drugs. Thank you, Larry, for a captivating interview with him. Tom Sizemore has alot of heart, soul, intelligence and he's gorgeous and talented. And – "Tom, Yer so damn hot! I'd be overjoyed to go out with You, if given the chance."

Pauline   April 22nd, 2010 12:57 am ET

The greatest feeling for me is to see a fellow recovering addict making it! I've been clean 20 years, was addicted for 25 years, I'm so proud of Tom. That was a wild road Tom went through in Celebrity Rehab, Tom fought hard for his and seeing him on Larry King puts a great big smile on my face, cause I shed plenty of tears for him watching him on Rehab. Victory is good!

Sandy   April 22nd, 2010 1:00 am ET

Its great to see one of my favorite actors "Tom Sizemore" open up about drugs and other events in his life. I become emotional to hear him speak openly about the drug abuse because I not only have a sibling that is a recovering addict but another sibling that is lost in the world of drugs.

I wish he continues with his recovery and surrounds himself with only positive people. I look forward to seeing him on the big screen sometime in the future. . I'm hoping to see him in another Sci-Fi, I loved him in "The Relic"

Best of luck and May God bless you....Tom Sizemore

M P Edwards   April 22nd, 2010 2:03 am ET

When does that movie C.L.A.S.S. come out? Never seen him do acting like that before.

SHERRY   April 22nd, 2010 4:05 am ET


pockets   May 21st, 2010 1:38 pm ET

Its either soberity or a box in the ground , choose. Doesn't take to much intelligence to make a decision.

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