How to Win Friends and Piss Away an Acting Career

Tough-guy character actor Tom Sizemore's mind-boggling devotion to the fine art of self-destruction has long been legendary. With his new tell-all memoir, By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There, Sizemore details his life as a meth-head so resolute that in 2006 alone he managed, while living in a drug-treatment center no less, to fail court-imposed drug tests seven times in one month, along the way famously employing -- and getting caught with -- the bizarre prosthetic Whizzinator device. Despite personal alliances with heavy hitters Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson and Johnny Depp, Sizemore also managed to nearly piss away a prestigious film career and ultimately, as a homeless amphetamine-fueled psychotic, hit the most hellish rock bottom conceivable. Revealing the most tawdry and degrading minutiae of his existence -- a cornucopia of sleaze, meth busts in Bakersfield, imprisonment for the assault and battery of Heidi Fleiss and innumerable parole/probation violations, served up with a gaudy gravy of demented desperation -- is either an admirable act of contrition or a cynical attempt at exploitation. Who cares? Either way, it's a hell of a read.
Tue., April 9, 7 p.m., 2013

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