Alec Baldwin has told New York Magazine he is ready to quit public life.
As TIME notes, the piece he wrote is mainly focused on denying allegations of homophobia that rose from a November altercation with a paparazzi photographer in which the actor allegedly used a homophobic slur. That led to the suspension and then cancellation of his MSNBC talk show. Baldwin denies using the slur and reaffirms his commitment to LGBT rights in the essay, before naming some of the people he blames for his fall from grace.
He slams a multitude of famous Americans in the media for incompetence, phoniness, or outright stupidity -including Shia LeBouf (who also quit public life), MSNBC, TMZ and the Huffington Post, Anderson Cooper and more. At least Tina Fey got off scot free.
In vowing to renounce fame, Baldwin says “I haven’t changed, but public life has.” He also mentions some advice from Warren Beatty that may explain Baldwin’s behaviour: “Your problem is a very basic one, and it’s very common to actors. And that’s when we step in front of a camera, we feel the need to make it into a moment. This instinct, even unconsciously, is to make the exchange in front of the camera a dramatic one.”
The downside to it all -as if that wasn’t enough in its own right- he’s still threatening to make another movie.