Alec Baldwin Doesn't Have Any Interest in Acting Anymore
by Ethan Anderton
November 30, 2009
He's been nominated for Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, an Academy Award and received several Emmy nominations and even wins for his work on NBC's hilarious series "30 Rock." But apparently that's just not cutting it as Alec Baldwin told Men's Journal (via THR) that he doesn't "have any interest in acting anymore." To make this even more depressing, he says: "I consider my entire movie career a complete failure. The goal of movie-making is to star in a film where your performance drives the film, and the film is either a soaring critical or commercial success, and I never had that." It's very sad, but essentially true.
At first I thought, "That's crazy, Alec!" But then I tried to name one of Baldwin's film characters who could be considered iconic, and could only think of the The Shadow and Jack Ryan in Hunt for Red October. And while Baldwin has had stellar performances in films like Beetle Juice, The Aviator and The Cooler, his roles haven't exactly been the driving force of the films themselves. Sure they're integral supporting characters, and I find them to be fine performances, but I can understand why Baldwin is disappointed. "The movies I've been in, I never give them a moment's thought. Every movie I've ever been in, I just avoid."
He's made his share of bad decisions (The Cat in the Hat, My Best Friend's Girl), but to call his career a failure is unfathomable. The guy is a force on screen and makes the best out of even the smallest parts (see Glengarry Glen Ross or The Departed). Working with directors like Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton, Wes Anderson, Cameron Crowe and even Michael Bay are accomplishments within themselves. And while his film career in recent times hasn't been in the greatest shape, his character, Jack Donaghy on NBC's "30 Rock" is one of the most hilarious characters in television today, maybe even in history. Still, Baldwin seems firm: "Movies are a part of my past. It's been 30 years. I'm not young, but I have time to do something else."
Baldwin's next film, Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy It's Complicated, will be released later this month, but after that he only has one other film in pre-production as well as shared hosting duties for the upcoming Academy Awards show with Steve Martin. Until then it looks like we're in countdown mode as Baldwin says he's pretty much done with acting once "30 Rock" has its wrap party or whenever he leaves the show, which looks to be around March of 2012. We can only hope that he gets reeled into a few more films before then.
While Baldwin claims his lack of success in film is the reason for his acting departure, I can't help but think that personal problems are also to blame, especially following his previous mention of leaving the industry after the ridiculous exploitation of his personal relationship with his daughter revealed in an embarassing voicemail. Despite the glitz and glamor we always see in bright lights on the red carpet and the big screen, the life of an actor is always public and surely quite tiring. Personally, I'll be sad to see Alec Baldwin leave the acting scene, but I'm hoping that someone will write something to keep him around for years to come.