Monday, February 19, 2007

More Sizemore on Sizemore: "I care about three things. I care about God, my momma and my work"

I hope you caught my story on "The Last Lullaby" in Sunday's paper. I spoke with the movie's star, Tom Sizemore, and he had a lot to say. About the VH1 reality series "Shooting Sizemore," Sizemore said: "I despise it. It's not true, and it's the truest reality show ever made."

But he said a lot more I couldn't work into my story. Here are a few highlights.

During the interview, Sizemore talked about losing his $5 million mansion after the 2003 Heidi Fleiss trial.

He said that episode in his life cost him $40 million in income, and that he ended up homeless and living in a garage. Regarding money, he said: "Having had it and lost it I can tell you it buys nothing. It makes life better. It buys off a lot of discomfort. But it doesn’t buy any happiness. It doesn’t buy any peace of mind. It’s just green shit, and we’re killing each other over it."

Sizemore also discussed why he chose to work with Jeffrey Goodman. The Shreveport director raised all the money for his $1.5 million independent feature, "The Last Lullaby." The movie wrapped its production phase Saturday. Goodman will soon head to Los Angeles for a 10-week editing session.

Apparently, Goodman's pitch to land the controversial star was convincing. Sizemore loved the story of "The Last Lullaby," which is about a lonely hit man named Price who comes out of retirement to do one last job. Price falls in love with the girl he's supposed to kill and things get complicated.

Anyway, Goodman apparently thinks Sizemore is one of the greatest actors of his generation and told him so. Sizemore replied: "I don’t think it. I know it." Sizemore then added: "I’m in it to win, Jeff. I’m brutally competitive.” My bet is Sizemore got the part with that statement alone. The following didn’t hurt his chances. "I care about three things. I care about God, my momma and my work. And everything else is kind of gravy. They never could take God from me. They never could take momma from me. But they could take my work from me, and they did."

Sizemore followed this statement by saying he was coming all the way back. That he was just 42. That he was just getting started.

If you judge the guy's potential on screen talent alone, it's easy to believe the bravado. See "Black Hawk Down," "Heat" and "Bringing Out the Dead" for stellar examples of his craft. And if you ever saw the TV series, "Robbery Homicide Division," you know Sizemore ain't playin'. He is ice cold, as he described himself (and punctuated with a choice bit of profanity), and totally captivating when he's on his game.

During perhaps the most controversial moment of the interview, Sizemore talked unapologetically about his interest in sex. He asked what America's biggest export was. I answered pornography. He corrected me: Entertainment. He asked what makes up a big part of that entertainment. I said pornography.

To illustrate his frank viewpoints, Sizemore pulled out a pornographic magazine and opened it. "Is this a denigration of women? That remains to be seen. Obviously it suits me to say no. I don’t know if it does or it doesn’t. I just think they look pretty."

Sizemore said he is just honest about himself and that we (as Americans, I took it) vilify sex. He then alluded to the Heidi Fleiss trial. "What the prosecution didn’t like about me is that I’m OK with this shit," Sizemore said. "I am not any more sexual than the next person."

Photo: Greg Pearson/The Times. Tom Sizemore discusses a scene on the set of "The Last Lullaby."

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