Tom Sizemore Vows to Quit Drugs

While Tom Sizemore has been in jail, he's had time to reflect on and address his mistakes.

The "Saving Private Ryan" actor vowed that he's done with drugs, according to an interview he granted The Bakerfield Californian from the jailhouse.

"I'm not trading my whole life for some powder," says Sizemore. "God's trying to tell me he doesn't want me using drugs because every time I use them I get caught."

The 45-year-old is serving time in Kern County after he was booked on suspicion of various drug charges in Bakersfield in early May, which violated his probation for a 2004 methamphetamine conviction. He's been in jail since early June and will be released in November.

This wasn't the first time he had violated probation for that conviction. In early 2006, he had his probation lengthened by three additional years for using drugs. He also once had his probation temporarily revoked for having a Whizzinator -- a prosthetic device equipped with clean urine -- was found during one of Sizemore's drug tests.

In the latest incident, Sizemore was charged with seven drug-related counts, but pleaded no contest to a charge of transporting drugs for personal use. He was sentenced last Wednesday, Oct.3 to treatment in a drug therapy program.

"I got another chance," he said. "Some people might think I don't deserve one, but I'm glad the judge thought so and I mean to make the most of it."

Sizemore's films include "Saving Private Ryan" and "Black Hawk Down." He last appeared in 2003's "Dreamcatcher," the thriller "Paparazzi" and as Pete Rose in the TV movie "Hustle."

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