Oh, no, say it ain’t so … said no one. Alec Baldwin says he’s done with public life.
But he said the way he says everything else, loudly and laced with profanity. In a nearly 5,300-word rant appearing on New York magazine’s Vulture blog, he made it official:
It’s good-bye to public life in the way that you try to communicate with an audience playfully like we’re friends, beyond the work you are actually paid for. Letterman. Saturday Night Live. That kind of thing. I want to go make a movie and be very present for that and give it everything I have, and after we’re done, then the rest of the time is mine. I started out as an actor, where you seek to understand yourself using the words of great writers and collaborating with other creative people. Then I slid into show business, where you seek only an audience’s approval, whether you deserve it or not. I think I want to go back to being an actor now.
Shorter Alec Baldwin: You’ll still be able to see me (when you shell $12 on one of my flicks), but I won’t see you.*
* Unless you approach me in public, like that TMZ videographer who “I chased him down the block” and called a “c**ksucking motherf**ker,” in which case I will be back in the headlines.