Leigh Steinberg admits he was "in denial" about his out-of-control boozing for years and it took the loss of his fortune and his livelihood to force him to make a big change.
And now, as he plans to get back in the game as an agent, he's hoping to help others struggling with alcoholism.
He tells Access Hollywood, "The world I lived in was the Disneyland of drinking, so it was very easy to be like everyone else, except that alcohol affected me more adversely.
"If I can help one person who is out there struggling to avoid the family devastation, the economic devastation, the loss of soul that comes with this then it's worth being out there."
Opening up about his self-destruction, Steinberg recalls, "After 2000, I sold my business for an ungodly amount of money... but there were a series of reverses that occurred - we lost a house because of mold, my father died, we had two kids that got very sick, I lost a fair amount of money in the Internet and then in 2006 I got divorced.
"All I ever wanted to do was be a great father... but I felt like Gulliver, tethered down with all these adversities coming... and the Lilliputians were sticking forks in me."
So he started drinking heavily and admits there were days when he would completely black out: "I wasn't reliable for a period of times and I ultimately lost my certification as an NFLPA (football) agent. Extraordinary amounts of money were going out and not much was coming back."
But he's now on his way back: "I have reapplied for my certification... I've got this bankruptcy to go through for a couple of months and then we're gonna go back."
The actor invited his singer dad to watch a shoot for the 1996 movie but was left mortified when he gave Cruise a bear hug and quizzed him on untrue rumours about his sexuality.
Gooding, Jr. tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "He gave Tom a hug and said, 'I love you man. Now seriously, are you gay or not?' I almost fainted. And thought, please Lord let me disappear. Tom just laughed and said 'no'."
He’s been nominated for three Academy Awards, won two Golden Globes and had an astounding 21 #1 box office debuts. He’s got one of the most impressive resumes of any actor today, having worked with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Brian de Palma, Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley and Tony Scott, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard and Sidney Pollack. Most impressive, however, is that through all the scientology and couch-jumping controversy, Tom Cruise has remained one of the most alluring, interesting and watchable movie stars on Earth.
The stellar performance of the advanced IMAX previews of his latest cinematic adventure, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, proves yet again that he continues to appeal to moviegoers worldwide. As the movie gears up to expand its release, here are four reasons why Cruise is still an institution:
He’s One of the Last Marquee Names
In the golden age, films were sold to audiences based on star power. Movie posters were adorned with the names of their male and/or female leads featured as prominently as its title. But by the 1990s, things changed. Sure, people still came out to the theater to see their favorite actor’s new movie, but directors, genre and theme became as integral – or more important in some cases - to a marketing campaign as anything. Just take a look at the posters for the biggest films of 2011 including Harry Potter 7B, Fast Five, Transformers 3, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1; the franchise, not the cast, is the message.
But with a Tom Cruise movie, the actor is still the studio’s most valuable asset. Ghost Protocol’s posters, TV spots and subway spots have primarily highlighted the actor as opposed to the property because, quite simply, there is no Mission: Impossible without him.
He’s as Exciting to Watch in Supporting Roles as He Is in the Lead Though he’s best known as a leading man, some of Cruise’s most lauded performances came in the form of supporting turns in ensemble films. He was a standout in 1982’s The Outsiders, working alongside Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez. He gave an electrifying performance in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award). And Cruise recently stole the show in Ben Stiller’s 2008 laffer Tropic Thunder as Les Grossman, a role which he’ll possibly reprise in a forthcoming spin-off. His upcoming appearance in Adam Shankman’s Rock of Ages should add to his running list of small parts with a big impact.
He Makes the Kind of Movies the Masses Want to See There’s a reason why Cruise has had enormous success. The fact that he’s a dynamic, capable actor is only part of the equation - an actor is really only as good as the material he/she works with. Cruise’s filmography stands out because of the kinds of movies he makes: quality crowd-pleasers with broad appeal. From Top Gun to Rain Man and Jerry Maguire to Minority Report, audiences have always come out to see his big-budget blockbusters and smaller, personal stories because of the spectacle or relatable human drama. They’re films that everyone can enjoy, and moviegoers continue to eat them up.
Seeing His Films Gets Us All Nostalgic We all look back on our youth with sentimentality. When Tom Cruise first became a global superstar, the movie industry was a different animal. As showbiz exponentially grew over the years into America’s chief export, the big-business aspect has taken some of the fun and austerity out the theater-going experience. Entertainment isn’t as enigmatic as it once was, and in most cases it’s not as awe-inspiring. That’s what makes seeing a movie like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol so great. When I saw the film last week and laid eyes on Ethan Hunt for the first time in five years, it immediately took me back to Summer 1996, when I was first introduced to the high-tech world of the IMF. Maybe it was my age, but going to the movies was just more enjoyable back then. Seeing Cruise run from an oncoming sandstorm and scale the world’s tallest building gave me the kind of larger-than-life experience I had regularly at the multiplex before the turn of the century. That’s not to say that contemporary productions are incapable of delivering the goods (see: The Adventures of Tintin), but too few reach the level of a Jurassic Park or T2. However, I can always rest assured knowing that every time Cruise gears up for a new motion picture it’ll be something that reminds me of a simpler, more wholesome era of moviegoing.
I've been skeptical—and I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been—about the developing film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: a piece of writing connoted, arguably more than any other, with the term "the Great American Novel." It is a grand gesture to attempt an adaptation of a work of art of this magnitude. And I'm not ignoring the fact that Gatsby has been adapted to film before: in 1974, with Robert Redford playing the titular hero, Mia Farrow playing Daisy Buchanan and Law & Order's Sam Waterston as Nick Carraway. But to me, that doesn't take away from the risky business attached to any subsequent attempts at making a Gatsby film.
That said, I am beginning to warm up to the idea. We've seen pics from production before, like star Leonardo DiCaprio driving an era-appropriate car and the three stars (DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire) on set, in costume. But the below images are the first ones straight from the movie itself. And something about them makes me feel a little bit of the magic that is powdered throughout Fitzgerald's pages.
DiCaprio is a universally acclaimed figure in the acting world. Almost everyone thinks he's almost always almost perfect. Carey Mulligan is more of a newbie, but I'll be damned if she is not a dramatic minefield (if you're unconvinced, see her in Shame...you'll cry). Tobey Maguire isn't exactly my cup of tea, but I can't say that he's not an understandable fit for the character of Nick Carraway. And though Tom Buchanan is a slightly smaller role, they've roped in the great Joel Edgerton to play him. And that's just dandy.
In short, the more I prepare for The Great Gatsby's sublime release date, the more I'm willing to let my hopes rise. Baz Luhrmann's adaptation also stars Isla Fisher, Gemma Ward and Jason Clarke.
The quirky romantic drama, starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst, bombed at the box office, leaving the filmmaker in a slump. But longtime pal and collaborator Cruise, whom Crowe directed in both Jerry Maguire and Vanilla Sky, was determined to get the filmmaker back on his feet.
Crowe tells the New York Times, "I wasn't in a foetal position, but yeah, I was blue... I was deep in the writing cave, and he said, 'Hey man, you need to be directing. You're forgetting the joy, the adrenaline.' He's like, 'Let's go for a drive.'"
The Minority Report star then dragged Crowe to Judd Apatow's Los Angeles Knocked Up set, so the pair could experience movie magic again.
Crowe adds, "Cruise sidles up to me and goes: 'See? Get out of your house, man, it's fun.' And that's when I felt like, 'Yeah, it's time to direct again.'"
Crowe's return to feature films, We Bought a Zoo, hits cinemas in December (11).
The funnyman first met Cruise when he was touted for a role in 1996 film Jerry Maguire, a part which eventually went to Cuba Gooding, Jr. - and won him an Oscar.
Foxx made such an impression on the Mission: Impossible star, Cruise remembered his pal eight years later when studio bosses were casting for Collateral and he put his name forward for the job.
The supporting role in the crime 2004 thriller earned Foxx critical acclaim, including Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, and generated a big buzz for Ray, a biopic about blind musician Ray Charles, which was released almost three months later (Oct04).
Foxx now admits the timing of Ray's release and its subsequent success was all down to Cruise.
He says, "I don't see him for years and then Collateral came up and everyone was searching for this person to be next to Tom Cruise. He remembered this personality test that I did and we ended up working together.
"And in actuality, he changed the projection of my career because he allowed Collateral to come out first, and then let Ray Charles come out, so there would be heat (interest) for Ray Charles. 'Cause if Ray Charles had come out before Collateral, I wouldn't have had that look (buzz), so I always take my hat off (to Cruise)."
The 20 year old, who became famous for his role in Tom Cruise's 1996 movie Jerry Maguire, filed papers at Los Angeles County Superior Court earlier this month (May11) alleging aspiring actress Amber Watson threatened him at his apartment.
He claims Watson, who he briefly dated after meeting at an acting class in L.A., entered his bedroom and "pulled my blankets off" while he was sleeping, after his room mates allowed her access to the building.
In the legal documents, he adds, "When I tried to get up, she tried to pin me to my bed. I had to move her off me physically... she threatened to annihilate me."
The judge granted Lipnicki's restraining order, which requires Watson to stay at least 100 yards (91 metres) away from him at all times, according to TMZ.com.
After months and months of casting rumors and shake-ups, it seems that Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic tome The Great Gatsby has finally locked its roster up. The last piece in the talent puzzle was the role of Tom Buchanan, the wealthy Long Island aristocrat who feuds with Gatsby and cheats on his wife Daisy. Ben Affleck was most recently rumored to play him, but dropped out due to conflicts with his own film Argo. Now, Joel Edgerton, who finds himself in the running for nearly every high-profile film in development these days, has filled the void.
Deadline says that Luhrmann was thoroughly impressed with the Australian actor's audition and provides a quote from the filmmaker on why he hired him: "In casting Tom one had to find an actor who could credibly be (as Fitzgerald describes him) 'one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven,' had five-star acting chops and in the big dramatic showdown scenes between Gatsby and Tom, hold the screen against Leonardo DiCaprio, in the appropriate age group. Any wonder, it has been a long and thorough journey. The simple truth is that Joel came into our rehearsal space in New York and fulfilled all of the above criteria, and then some."
Sounds like Edgerton nailed the screen test, and if Luhrmann has that kind of confidence in the burgeoning star, I'm on board. As stated, Leonardo DiCaprio is playing the titular Gatsby, while his best friend Tobey Maguire will play narrator Nick Carraway. Carey Mulligan is Daisy, while Isla Fisher takes on the role of mistress Myrtle and Australian newcomer Elizabeth Debicki will play Jordan Baker, the golf pro who takes a liking to Nick. With a stellar cast and a grade A production team, this version of Gatsby is shaping up to be a glamorous throwback to Hollywood's Golden Age, and I couldn't be more ecstatic about it. Sure, the story has been adapted numerous times and was well done in most cases, but today's materialistic society could use a wake up call from these iconic characters.
We previously reported that Ben Affleck was in contention to play Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's forthcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby, but as of today the actor/director has opted out of that production. Deadline says that Affleck, who's coming off a great year with The Company Men and The Town, will instead make his next feature himself. That project is Argo (once titled Escape From Tehran), which is based on a Wired magazine article about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis where the CIA teamed up with Hollywood filmmakers to free the captives. George Clooney and Grant Heslov will produce Argo through their Smokehouse Productions banner, heating up my anticipation for the movie even more. Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay.
Though Argo sounds much more interesting than another take on a classic novel, as I've said before Affleck would've been a great fit for the Buchanan role, so this is a bittersweet development for Luhrmann's film. Still, he has plenty of worthy star power with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan locked. And it's wise of Affleck to keep his momentum as a filmmaker going. After two well-received efforts, why not keep directing? I'm looking forward to both films.
Just hours after news broke about Isla Fisher joining the cast - as the mistress of Affleck's character Tom Buchanan - The Town star has reportedly quit the project to concentrate on his next directorial role on Iranian hostage crisis drama Argo.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan are still a part of the all-star cast.