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My admiration for thespian / type-A archetype Tom Sizemore is without bounds. Short of being trapped in the same Ford Fiesta as him, Ray Liotta and Michael Madsen, I can think of nothing as potentially mind-blowing as VH1’s forthcoming “Shooting Sizemore” (link courtesy David Scheid)
With unfettered access, we follow Tom and his small remaining entourage, including Luree, Tom’s jaded but fiercely loyal personal assistant, and Byron, a clingy and despised “sober companion.” Tom tries to put his life back together as he exits rehab, faces a hardnosed prosecutor eager to put him away for battery, and takes a job in an ultra low-budget Canadian horror movie–his first sober acting gig in years. Interspersed in the documentary footage are pointed, judicious flashbacks of Tom’s own never-before-seen personal footage spanning the last few years — filming himself on drugs, succumbing to bouts of terrifying paranoia and rage. This black-and-white, grainy handheld footage is a searingly voyeuristic look into Tom Sizemore’s innermost thoughts and fears, giving the viewer a graphic visual depiction of his drug-fueled downfall.
As each setback and challenge unfolds onscreen, you will come to know a man who has a forceful determination to live again. He is a man on a mission to be accepted by his peers while he attempts to climb back to the upper echelon of his craft. Most importantly, you will be witness to all the anguish, doubts, arguments, outbursts, and blunt, honest self-reflection it takes for a celebrity to kick addiction and get their life back on track.
The success (ahem) of “Breaking Bonaduce” has obviously opened the doors for a whole new dimension of human trainwreck TV, and while I’m certain our Tom will soon become king of the genre, it couldn’t possibly be too early for VH-1 to begin making arrangements for Scott Weiland’s inspiring, life-affirming story.