Monday, November 30, 2009
Alec Baldwin says he's quitting showbiz after his "30 Rock" contract is up in 2012.
"I don't have any interest in acting anymore," the two-time Emmy winner from Massapequa, L.I., said in an interview for the upcoming issue of Men's Journal. "Movies are part of my past. It's been 30 years. I'm not young, but I have time to do something else."
Baldwin, 51, has hinted at running for office.
He has one more movie coming out: "It's Complicated," with Meryl Streep and Steve Martin, which opens Christmas Day.
Despite his critically acclaimed 1990s performances in "The Hunt for Red October," "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Miami Blues," Baldwin said he has not been a success at acting.
"It's a difficult thing to say, but I believe it: I consider my entire movie career a complete failure. I'll tell you why. The goal of moviemaking 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."
He said he tried to quit his NBC show, a favorite of the critics in its fourth season, in 2007 after the humiliation of a nasty voice mail he left for his daughter - he called her a "rude, thoughtless little pig" - being made public.
"I feel the consequences of that every day," he told Men's Journal.
Baldwin, who has warred with ex-wife Kim Basinger over access to his daughter and wrote a book about parental alienation, says he considered suicide at the time. "I was going to put the hose in the most noxious of the cars I own, a Jeep, take some sleeping pills, and take a nice nap in the front seat of my car in the garage," he said.
Baldwin's battles with Basinger also led to a recent breakup with his girlfriend of seven years. "I don't mind," he said. "I'd rather be lonely than wrong."