A harrowing, deeply personal memoir of the acclaimed actor’s wild ride through Hollywood, fueled by his crippling addiction to methamphetamines, exposing the darkest side of fame and how one man found a path to recovery.
Tom Sizemore has been called many things. Brilliant. Brutal. Fiercely talented. Angry. Drug addicted. In reality, he’s all of them. He’s a survivor of the Detroit ghetto, the fifty-year-old father of twin boys, and a veteran of dozens of movies. He’s also now sober, after his addiction took his life just about as far down as any human being could go.
Through screen-stealing performances in the 1990s movies True Romance, Heat, and Natural Born Killers, Sizemore was so in demand that even when it was widely known that he had a drug problem, directors like Steven Spielberg were offering him roles and begging him to stay sober for them. Robert De Niro personally recruited him for the role of Michael Cheritto in Heat after asking him to dinner and expressing his admiration. Jack Nicholson, Robert Downey, Jr., and Johnny Depp each went out of their way to befriend him. But this same man went from romancing Elizabeth Hurley and Juliette Lewis to being accused of domestic violence by the world’s most famous madam, and moved from a Beverly Hills mansion to a solitary-confinement cell at Chino State Prison and later a desolate, abandoned cabin in a town best known for being where Charles Manson hid Rosemary LaBianca’s wallet.
For years, Sizemore’s days were filled with overdoses, suicide attempts, and homelessness. The simple fact is that people don’t come back from where Tom Sizemore landed—yet miraculously, he did. By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There is a harrowing journey into the heart of addiction, told in riveting and often shocking detail—a terrifying cautionary tale for anyone who’s peered over the abyss of drug abuse. By turns gritty and heartbreaking, it is also one man’s look at a particular moment in entertainment history—a window into the drug-fueled spotlight that sent Robert Downey, Jr., to jail and killed River Phoenix, Heath Ledger, and Chris Farley and many others far before their time.
“I can’t tell you what I’d give to be the guy you didn’t know anything about….I’ve done a lot of things that would make that impossible, and I know that telling you all about them won’t help me to become America’s favorite son. But it may help you to understand how everything happened the way it did….” —Tom Sizemore
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About the Author
Tom Sizemore rose in prominence as an actor throughout the 1990s, establishing himself as a memorable tough-guy character. Born in Detroit, he got his start in Born on the Fourth of July and has since starred in Devil in a Blue Dress, Strange Days, Wyatt Earp, Natural Born Killers, Heat, Saving Private Ryan, and Black Hawk Down, among many others. Sizemore recently costarred in Fox’s television pilot Exit Strategy and had a recurring guest-star role on Hawaii Five-O. Sizemore has counseled both teens involved in substance abuse and recovering addicts and is actively involved with the Hollenbeck Youth Center in East Los Angeles.
Anna David is the author of the novels Party Girl and Bought, the anthology Reality Matters, and the memoir Falling for Me. She is the executive editor of the addiction and recovery website The Fix, is doing graduate work in drug and alcohol counseling at UCLA, and speaks at colleges across the country on addiction.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I actually didn't know who Tom Sizemore was until I saw him on Celebrity Rehab, so I have only seen Tom the addict on TV, never Tom the actor. I think that's one reason I rated it higher, and the other is surely because I am a sober addict myself. I hope most people understand that you can't judge a person's character by criticizing things they do when they are high (like, as in Sizemore's case, use so many women just to get his sexual "fixes."). I myself have done so many things I am truly ashamed of -- you know, the skeletons that will stay locked in my closet -- and 99% of the time I was high. So it's totally understandable that Sizemore threw literally everything away, and not just a lucrative acting career, and chose the drugs instead. With all that said, this wasn't my favorite addiction memoir (I've read a LOT of them), but feel that it ranks just inside my top ten. If you don't "get" addiction or know people who have or are struggling, then by all means skip it. If you DO get it, then by all means, check it out.
I truly enjoyed reading this book. I am a huge fan of Anna David and she helped Tom Sizemore tell his story. It was well written, brilliant, and I could not put this book down. I know that there was an extremely serious nature to the book, but in addition to that I truly enjoyed how we were introduced to young actors before they became famous. Anna David's writing made me imagine that I was hanging out with Tom while he was on the set, meeting all these famous people and experiencing his younger days. It was well worth the two days that it took me to read. Time well spent!
what s work of entitlement....one sentence keeps coming back to me over and over " i had a producer friend who "kept" a house for people in trouble and no where else to go" what a bunch of entitlement junkies actors must be...and this one is in love with himself..no wonder he cant get straight...he is "looking for love in all the wrong places" saw an iterview on tv....he is still in love with himself..poor oh i mean well educated emtitlement junkie
Lots of the same story s he's on drugs having sex .
Wow i really wanted to like this book but unfortunally i didn't. Basically it about this actor who in the mist of rising to the top, pissed it all away doing drugs. That's fine but man is this guy in love with himself. Every actor, director, producer loved him, thought he was just great. Everybody,really? If this guy is really sober, i hope he starts really getting real with himself or he will not make it.