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Alec Baldwin announces his retirement one more time

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 30th 2009 8:02PM
alec_baldwin_30_rock"Hello, my name is Alec and I'm a retirement-holic. ...I don't know why, but I have this insatiable need to announce to the world again and again that I'm quitting the acting business. I don't know what I'm going to do."

Okay, that's not a real scene from the life of Alec Baldwin, but it might as well be. About a year and a half ago, Alec was kvetching about turning 50 years old and how he only cared about the Emmys honoring 30 Rock, and his plans to quit the business.

And now he's done it again. In an interview with Men's Journal, promoting his new movie with Meryl Streep and Steve Martin called It's Complicated, Alec Baldwin says he will quit acting in 2012 when his 30 Rock contract comes to an end.

In the new interview, Alec is quoted saying, "I don't have any interest in acting anymore. I'm not young, but I have time to do something else."

In the 2008 interview, he said, "There's other things to do. ...So I'm trying to decide what to do when I quit this business. ...Yeah, I do have to find another career. I don't want to do this. I don't."

Now, I wonder, is Alec being totally honest with us or is he just a chronic quitter? After all, if he really wants to do something else, do it. Why keep telling us about it? Just do it.

It's like Cher's neverending retirement tour -- which is still going on because she's playing Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas into next year.

Here's what I think stars like Alec Baldwin should do; don't make any pronouncements, just live your life and do your thing. If you want to change careers, do it. If you don't want to act anymore, don't.

Follow Gene Hackman's example. The two-time Oscar winner stopped acting in 2004. He just decided not to take any more movie or theater roles. No speech, no farewell tour. He just stopped working. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife Betsy.

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December 01 2009 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You are worthress, Arec Barrwin!

December 01 2009 at 6:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He's said in the past he would like to run for office, so I don't think it's that big a stretch for him to quit acting in 2012. It surely won't be the last we see of him, but a good, long break wouldn't surprise me at all.

I really think he would have quit last year if Lorne hadn't talked him out of it.

By the way, the best part of this post was reading that 30 Rock will run through 2012! I thought it was year to year.

November 30 2009 at 9:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Personally, I miss Gene Hackman a LOT more than I'll ever miss Alec Baldwin. His latest role on 30 Rock is possibly his best role ever - why not hang it up when its done? He'll never play anything better than he plays Jack, that's for sure...

November 30 2009 at 9:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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