Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.
The actor: Throughout the ’90s, Tom Sizemore ruled as one of American film’s preeminent tough-guy character actors, a punishingly intense macho man whose rugged presence and flair for dark comedy electrified cult classics (Point Break, True Romance, Natural Born Killers, Strange Days) and big commercial blockbusters (1996’s Heat, 1998’s Saving Private Ryan) alike. The following decade, Sizemore hit a prolonged personal and professional rough spot that entailed a high-profile battle with drug abuse, a prison stint, and a tortured relationship with Heidi Fleiss. Sizemore cleaned up in 2009, and has been more prolific than ever in the interim, popping up in everything from the 2010 Insane Clown Posse Western Big Money Rustlas to It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia to Company Of Heroes, a cinematic adaptation of the hit videogame series that has just been released on DVDand Blu-ray.
Polimedia client TOM SIZEMORE interviewed by The Onion’s AV CLUB.