Maguire Upset over Alcohol Revelation

07/14/2003 at 11:00 AM EDT

Tobey Maguire is said to be upset with quotes attributed to him in the August issue of Playboy magazine regarding his attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

AA prides itself on remaining just that -- anonymous -- and it is in the tenets of the program that attendees do not discuss their participation (or anybody else's), especially in public.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Maguire (who is quoted as saying of AA, "The program just makes sense to me") has now said in another interview, "I didn't expect that to be in the article. That was off the record with the journalist, and the journalist betrayed me."

Maguire, 28, whose new movie "Seabiscuit" opens July 25, adds: "I don't think it's a secret that I've been sober since I was 19. It's in half of the articles done about me. Now, it's like this has become some big revelation, even though it's been out there for years."

In the Playboy interview, Maguire does not explain what brought him to the program, but says: "It totally changed my life. ... AA is no-frills spirituality. There are no hokey traditions. It's so simple.

"I come in, I ask for help. I'm willing. The person doesn't tell me what to do, they tell me what they did. You could be brainless and do it," he adds. "You do what they ask you to do and (stuff) happens. Your life gets better. Your life changes."

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