Oh, Alec. Alec Baldwin had a rough time last year: he got into a couple more sidewalk scuffles, including one where he was videotaped hurling a homophobic slur at a paparazzo, that cost him his new show on MSNBC. Now the former ’30 Rock’ star has declared- on the cover of the New York magazine, no less- that he is DONE with public life. Alec wrote:
I’ve read where a number of people have felt that 2013 was a sh**ty year. For me, it was actually a great year, because my wife and I had a baby. But, yeah, everything else was pretty awful. And I find myself bitter, defensive, and more misanthropic than I care to admit. And I’m trying to understand what happened, how an altercation on the street, in which I was accused—wrongly—of using a gay slur, could have cascaded like this. There’s been a shift in my life. And it’s caused me to step back and say, This is happening for a reason.
I’ve had a relatively charmed life. I loved to be out in the city. New York was my town… people in general had been very kind to me for years.
And then, last November, everything changed…
I’m not a homophobic person at all. But this is how the world now sees me.
I haven’t changed, but public life has… Paparazzi today are part of a network that includes the Huffington Post and, much to my dismay, even NBC News, in their reliance on tabloid reporting. Photographers today get right up in your face, my wife’s, my baby’s. They are baiting you. You can tell they want to get into it with you…
I’m self-aware enough to know that I am to blame for some of this.
Alec recounted his version of the events with the paparazzo, saying he didn’t call him a homophobic slur but something else. Then he had some choice words about Shia LaBeouf (the two clashed so badly while preparing to work on a Broadway play that Shia left/was let go from the production).
When he showed up, he seemed like a lot of young actors today—scattered, as he was coming from making six movies in a row or whatever.
There was friction between us from the beginning. LaBeouf seems to carry with him, to put it mildly, a jailhouse mentality wherever he goes…
He had that card, that card you get when you make films that make a lot of money that gives you a certain kind of entitlement. I think he was surprised that it didn’t work in the theater.
Alec admits it’s “ironic” to talk about his decision to leave public life in a magazine but says this is the last time he’ll talk about his personal life in a publication. He says he plans to move out of New York City to LA. I wonder if this will come to pass? Alec had a rough year, there’s no question about that, but I can’t imagine him truly fading from public life. You really should read his entire article: he seems very sincere. I just suspect he’ll change his mind in a year or so. We’ll see, I guess.
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