Hollywood Losing Its Best Baldwin

December 1, 2009


Alec Baldwin has joined the ranks of actors claiming they're retiring. Speaking to Men's Journal, our premier digest for masculine issues, the actor warned that Stephen may soon become the more preeminent Baldwin brother because Alec thinks all of his own movies are shit:

"I don't have any interest in acting anymore," Baldwin, 51, told "Men's Journal" in an interview for its December issue.

Men's Journal quoted Baldwin as saying it was "pretty much it for him" after "30 Rock", "in a couple of years or so". He told Playboy Magazine this year he was "done" with his career in 2012 and would retire at "30 Rock"'s wrap party.

"I consider my entire movie career a complete failure," he told Men's Journal. "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."

"And now, 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 said.

Come on, Alec. You don't even watch Beetlejuice if it's on TV? You should. Pretty good little film. Though I can't really argue that you, like Meryl Streep, haven't had a real masterpiece that was your own. So, whatever. It's not my successful career you're pretending to quit for a couple years until you decide to do more movies. Do as you wish.

More importantly: does this mean 30 Rock is ending in two years? What am I going to watch then? Someone needs to get to work on a new watchable television comedy for 2012. And make it in hologram form, because this is the future.

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