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Tom Sizemore reflects on past troubles

July 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man taking a picture of his kids with Tom Sizemore is something the actor thought might never happen again.He thought that because of one legal problem after another involving hard drugs, domestic violence, rehab and relapse.

His life had spiraled, but it took years for him to hit rock bottom.

"I've had a lot of problems and a lot of trials and tribulations and I've been clean now 14 months and two days," Tom Sizemore says. "This is the first time I've been out at an event since I got clean, and to be honest with you, I thought maybe my career was over. I thought I had ruined it."

Sizemore's resume includes some big movies, including "Natural Born Killers," "Pearl Harbor" and "Saving Private Ryan."

He's been to war on screen and now he's in a different kind of battle to survive.

"The number one priority in my life is my health," he says. "If I don't take care of my health, I can't take care of my kids. I can't take care of my career, and I have to tell you, I kind of forgot what it was like to be normal and excited and happy."

Comic-Con in San Diego may have helped. He appeared to promote the DVD and video-on-demand release of "The Grind," in which he plays a small role.

"It's a gritty movie," Sizemore says. "I play an unsavory character who is somewhat charming. I help to facilitate the theft of identities."

Sizemore says he feels great and he's glad to just to be back in the mix.

"It's okay to be me and that's what I learned through this thing," he says. "I've been there, back, there, back and I'm here again and I'm going to stay here again."

That's 14 months and two days of sobriety.


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