Washed-Up Action Star Dishes On Sex, Drugs And Narcissism Among The A-List
Tom Sizemore was an action star with a respectable career playing the tough guy in big-budget action films including Saving Private Ryan, Heat, Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down, but he never really broke through and became a household name. Instead, his addiction to drugs plunged him into a downward spiral that ended with him living on the streets, then jail and finally as a cast member on "Celebrity Rehab."Now Sizemore is telling his whole lurid story in his new memoir "By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There." What makes this different than the typical addiction memoir is Sizemore's proximity to the A-list in Hollywood—and willingness to name names. The New York Daily News has scoured the memoir for some of the juiciest parts.
On Elizabeth Hurley:
He dated his Passenger 57 co-star at the same time Wesley Snipes was also trying to make his move and at the same time she was already dating Hugh Grant (apparently neither of them were into the whole fidelity thing). He said he was so intimidated by her beauty that she had to make the first move. She changed into lingerie and performed a strip tease on a coffee table for him. He writes: "It was a g------- good routine too." But it wasn't meant to be: Hurley boot him out of her house when Grant came back into town. Sizemore decided to stop the affair altogether, but he says he shed tears as he broke it off with her.
On Ben Affleck:
Sizemore managed to make it through the filming of Pearl Harbor , but he was apparently sober (or high???) enough to deliver a pep talk to Affleck, who he writes was cracking under the weight of carrying the Michael Bay extravaganza.
On Juliette Lewis:
Sizemore dated his 19-year-old Natural Born Killers co-star after getting the permission of her ex Brad Pitt, who told Sizemore: “I’ll drive you there! I want to be your agent on this one!” Lewis had her own substance abuse problems: “Essentially we were really high and really rich." The pair ended up shacking up in a massive, unfurnished Hollywood mansion where she constantly had porn playing. When Sizemore asked her to turn it off, she'd protest: "But I like the music."
On Val Kilmer:
The pair had been friends at one point, but Kilmer got really pissed that the production company for Red Planet paid to ship Sizemore’s elliptical machine to Australia. He writes that Kilmer shouted at him, “I’m making ten million on this; you’re only making two." Kilmer lobbed a 50-pound weight at him, but missed.
On Robert Downey Jr.:
The notorious addict is the one who got Sizemore into cocaine. Sizemore snorted it for the first time with Downey and got the name of Downey's dealer. Within two weeks, he was using it daily.
On Robert DeNiro:
That other famous Robert worked to get Sizemore off drugs. DeNiro (along with some other close friends) convinced him to go to rehab by saying, "I love you like a son."
On Bret Easton Ellis:
Sizemore claims that one time BEE stole his stash of coke while the pair were in the bathroom together: "And he wouldn’t give it back!" The writer denied the whole thing.
On Marc Antony:
Sizemore and his Bringing Out The Dead co-star got into a fight in character that ended up turning into a real-life fight. Heavy IV equipment for a scene ended up falling on Antony's crotch, and Antony blamed Sizemore. Staffers had to pull the two apart.
On Heidi Fleiss:
Sizemore dated the former Hollywood madam against the wishes of everyone, especially his manager who pumped him up by telling him that he was "in line to be the next Gene Hackman or De Niro" and Fleiss would ruin his prospects. She turned out to be bad for him in other ways besides her reputation: she introduced him to meth and prostitutes. He had sex constantly, and his home became "a well-appointed flophouse for hookers."
On Mel Gibson:
Sizemore was arrested on domestic violence charges that ultimately resulted in a conviction and jail time. Gibson was the one to deliver the news, "You’re about to be arrested ... Heidi says you hit her." There's nothing glamorous about it, but there is something ironic about having a massive Hollywood star deliver the news that ultimately sent Sizemore's career way down the toilet. (Sizemore denies the claims in the book.)
On Warren Beatty:
This is probably the best though least surprising story given Beatty's reputation. When Sizemore was introduced to Beatty, he asked the notorious ladies' man why he didn’t smoke or drink. Beatty's reply? "Because of the way I look."