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    "Big Trouble" with Tom Sizemore

    So I'm watching a movie the other night called "Big Trouble" based on a book by Dave Barry. He is one of my all-time favorite columnists who wrote for the Miami Herald and his humor column appeared in newspapers nationwide.

    Big Trouble is about a small time hoodlum named Snake (played by Tom Sizemore) who thinks he has stolen a time-locked safe which is actually a nuclear bomb. Tim Allen is a down-and-out ad agent who links up with Rene Russo who is married to a bag man for the mob played by Stanley Tucci and Allen is trying to gain the respect of his teenage son.

    The whole movie is a far-fetched comedy, but what really struck me about it was remembering Tom Sizemore. As I've talked about before, I used to waitress with Edie Falco at a restaurant called "Formerly Joe's" on the corner of West Fourth and 10th streets in the West Village of Manhattan. Actually it was called "Joe's" then "Formerly Joe's" then went back to ""Joe's" and it is now a Chinese restaurant called Chow. I discovered this when I went on-line to research "Formerly Joe's." This is also the spot where Tony Bordain (of Travel Channel's "No Reservations") worked the raw bar shucking clams and oysters and Michael Chikliss was also a waiter there with us.

    But back to Tom Sizemore. It must have been the mid 1980s when I worked there and Edie and Tom were a couple back then. In fact, I think they lived together for a short while in Brooklyn. Tom was an up-and-coming actor at the time and Edie had yet to make her breakthrough role on "The Sopranos" many years later. I remember thinking at the time, being a little more idealistic than I am now, that Edie and Tom would stay together.

    All these memories came flooding back to me as I watched Tom in "Big Trouble." The owner of "Formerly Joe's," Andy Menschel, was a jerk from day one. I rmember when Michael was cast in the HBO movie "Wired" based on the life of John Belushi, Andy refused to give him time off to shoot the picture.

    Tom used to come in after every shift that Edie would work, and they often had dinner and drinks together. Edie would get her own food and bring it out and I would sit with them and chat about the trials and tribulations of working for Andy.

    My dear friend Mary Woltz also worked there as a hostess and as I recall had a less than glorious apartment on West 10th Street. As I recall it was a third floor walk-up. I distinctly remember it being so hot I had a hard time visiting her there.

    A few years ago we visited Mary in New York and she came here in the winter and we cross country skied at Lapland Lake. Obviously I didn't ski, but Herman used a kick-sled I rode on.

    Tom and Edie ultimately fizzled out and if I recall correctly, according to Edie, he was a complete idiot at the end.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com