Alec Baldwin whines to Vanity Fair about quitting Twitter, wants to quit acting too

Alec Baldwin

Here’s Alec Baldwin on Monday at the opening party of the “Rock Paper Photo” photographic collection which he “curated.” Let me first say that the word “curated” has cracked me up ever since Gwyneth Paltrow started using that word to describe what she does at her Goop site. I’m not making fun of legitimate curators at all. For many years, my grandma was an art museum curator and travelled the world to do so. What Alec has done here is to simply collect 30 photos of his favorite music and film legends, and his selections include the Beatles, David Bowie, the Stones, and Liz Taylor. You know, the usual legends. Yet he’s acting like it’s some huge, creative endeavor to pick out his favorite photos and show them in a gallery.

Now Alec’s speaking to Vanity Fair under the guise of promoting this collection, but we know what this is really about, right? Let me put it to you this way — the last time Alec covered VF (and this new interview isn’t for the cover, just an online feature), the conversation devolved into how he’d love to stab, “gut & kill” Harvey Levin of TMZ. Likewise, this conversation about Alec curating a photo collection has turned into him whining about people calling him out for his latest Twitter rant wherein he threatened to “f— up” a “toxic little queen for writing that his wife tweeted during James Gandolfini’s funeral.

Poor Alec Baldwin has been so plagued with actual, legitimate criticism, and he just doesn’t know what to do, you know? He’s probably written a check apologized to GLAAD, and yet people haven’t instantly forgiven him. It’s not like this is a Paula Deen scenario wherein Alec has lost sponsorships or anything, but still, Alec thinks it’s so unfair. Dude doesn’t realize that he’s the one with a problem, and that problem is the anger that consumes his entire person. But let’s do this:

Alec Baldwin

He loves classic movies & music: “I’m 55, man, yeah. It’s all classical now. My whole life is classical now. Except my wife. I don’t have a classical wife. I have a classy wife, but I don’t have a classical wife.”

His odd home collection: “I collect travel alarm clocks. I was in a flea market in France once, in 1994, and I opened up this beautiful Jaeger-LeCoultre folding eight-day winding clock folded into a beautiful case, and I went, Wow, man. And I’ve been collecting travel alarm clocks since 1994. I have them planted on different surfaces, but my wife now is telling me we have to get rid of them. She thinks it’s a little Tim Burton. She’s waiting for Johnny Depp to come walking in the room with, like, a cape on or something.”

Will he ever tweet again? “Never. No. I went to Jimmy Gandolfini’s funeral, and when I was there I realized Jimmy Gandolfini didn’t have Twitter. Jimmy Gandolfini was so beloved as a person, and he was so admired as an actor, and he didn’t give a f* about social media. I really learned a lesson at the funeral. I said to myself, This is all a waste of time. Meaning it’s fun sometimes, but less and less, and less. It’s just another chink in your armor for people to come and kill you. I stopped and said to myself, I’m going to try where I just don’t do this anymore.”

He’d love to not be famous: “I’m having a baby. And everyone has seen how certain things have played out with my daughter, which as been very painful–it’s been really unpleasant. That has consequences, and I do not want that to happen with my next child. I have one dream in my life and that is that this daughter I’m having–she comes to me about seven or eight years from now, she has a friend, and she’s at her house and she says, ‘Daddy, Susie’s mom says you used to be on TV. Daddy, is that true?’ She has no knowledge of me as a public person. That would be heaven for me.”

Will he quit acting? “I’d love to if I could, yeah. That would be the greatest thing in the world. I would love to. If I could find something else to do.”

[From Vanity Fair]

I didn’t quite catch what Alec was saying about the tweeting-related epiphany he had at Gandolfini’s funeral. It sounds like Alec’s trying to make us believe that he decided during the funeral that he didn’t want to tweet anymore and basically decided to push the self-destruct button on his account. But he’s only trying to retroactively justify deleting his Twitter page after his latest temper tantrum.

Also, that’s interesting what Alec says about Hilaria, isn’t it? Very nice, really (I’m being serious), and yet she wants to get rid of his travelling alarm clock collection. He truly adores the woman, but I’m also wondering if Alec realizes that he might lose his trophy wife if he steps out of the limelight, which would mean that he feels so trapped in the awful life of an actor who earns several million dollars per year. Poor guy.

Hilaria Baldwin

Alec Baldwin

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  1. tracking says:

    Please, Alec, quit all of those things. I’m ready, anyone else? He would be delightful on-screen only, but he’s so unsavory off, I would be content to never see him in anything again. Makes me long for the days before social media.

    • bowers says:

      Yes. Yes, and yes.

      • Jess says:

        Alec Baldwin is a paid spokesperson for Capital One. If you think he should be dropped for his homophobic comments email Capital One at or call them at 800-955-7070.

      • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

        I double your triple yes – it is hard to suspend the disbelief required to watch the flics these days because of the over the top antics played out in the media.

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      Well said. Now please go away Alec.

      • Angie says:

        Don’t hold your breath. Alec said he was moving out of the United States if George Bush was elected president. That was about 13 years ago. He’s still here. 🙁 With his big ego I doubt he will be able to stay off Twitter.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      ITA-I’m definitely ready. I think he should just disappear for a while and stay the hell off Twitter.

      I’ll never forgive him for ruining the Jack Donaghy character for me. He’s now on par with Chevy Chase for destroying my fondness for Fletch…When will these actors learn?

      • Dee says:

        Ugh agreed. Chevy Chase as a person ruined every Chevy Chase character I loved. I loved 30 Rock and Alec as an actor, but it’s getting hard to tune out this nonsense.

      • marie says:

        I know! I can no longer enjoy Clark Griswald and Christmas Vacation was one of my all time favorites!

      • Nalgene says:

        Speaking of 30 Rock, Alecs alarm clock obsession reminds me of Jack and his cookie jars. Tina Fey often took inspiration from the actors real lives, I wonder if thats how Jacks Cookie Jar storyline was born.

      • Gelina says:

        I agree with you about his having ruined Jack Donaghy’s character. I have dropped all of my ’30 Rock’ DVDs into a local charity drop box. And, I do not watch ’30 Rock’on television, either.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      What a coincidence. I also have a dream that in 7 or 8 years, he will have completely disappeared from the public eye.

  2. Dawn says:

    Sure Alec sure. So easy to say when you ARE famous and you have money. If he for one minute thinks that yoga woman would be on his arm without any of his fame and fortune he needs to think again. He would be like the rest of us (well me!) a middle age person thinking about he can retire in the next 10 years and still afford his life. What a doofus. Be happy with what you have Alec and let it go at that.

  3. Abra says:

    Don’t threaten, Alex. DO IT! You ass.

  4. Dedrie says:

    For once the self-pronounced sentence suits the crime..
    NOT such a smug, superior, liberal-loving everyone leader at all` but “really a low-ranking thoughtless little pig subordinate who can’t change his anger and spite.. and wants endless praise and limitless reassurance for everything he thinks, does or shouts..

  5. Evadstructn says:

    Yoga instructor / sugar baby. Good work if you can get it.

  6. lucy2 says:

    Yeah, Alec. Twitter is the problem. Not your rage issues, not your over-reacting, not your habit of threatening people. Yeah, it’s Twitter’s fault. OK.

    I loved his work on 30 Rock, but as a person he sucks. He threatened to quit that show every year too, so this is more hot air. If you want to quit, quit.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Exactly. He said the same thing after the daughter incident, likely to hear everyone say, ‘Oh, don’t go, everyone makes mistakes!’ Of course, that was when 30 Rock was still on, no one gives a flip, now,

  7. bns says:

    His wife has been pregnant forever. He’s such an angry, sad man.

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      For reals…that’s what happens when you announce you’re one minute pregnant! “It’s a hit!”

    • Trashaddict says:

      “I’m having a baby” – Oh, are YOU, Alec? I wonder what Hilaria thinks about that. Sure sign he is doomed to repeat the past.

  8. Barrett says:

    I don’t see things working out in the long run with this new wife.

  9. boredbrit says:

    Oh for heavens sake, if he wanted to quit acting then he would have done it already. Sick of actors talking like they’re some sort of martyrs.

    • Nicolette says:

      Exactly. It’s as if the world will implode if they go away. Go please, and don’t let the door hit you in the ass Alec.

      • Hakura says:

        I wonder why I can see his wife being the one to slam it behind him…(Let’s just hope it’s hard enough to knock him onto his increasingly unpleasant face, just short of the ‘welcome’ mat.)

  10. mia girl says:

    Alec, you don’t need to quit acting, you just need to quit acting like an a**hole.

  11. lisa2 says:

    I remember when he first started dating her. He talked about her helping him loss weight and how she helped him stay calm. And he was talking all Zen. She has become a celebrity because of him. I don’t get that. But she really needs to look at Alec. His anger could turn on her. It is not unheard of. Not saying he would abuse her physically. But Alec’s temper can’t just be contained to the paps and people he doesn’t like.

    • BeesKnees says:

      I think Hilaria knows who Alec is and used him to become famous. He will realize that one day, and I’m sure will have an epic rage fest over it. I mean what qualifies this woman as an Extra correspondent? She may have not tweeted during the funeral, but she put out some tweet afterwards talking about putting life into perspective and mourning their dear friend Jimmy and then turns around and retweets some stuff that promotes herself. Very telling.

      • Skins says:

        Yeah, I liked the part about her talking about “Jimmy” her dear friend. And E giving her a job is a joke. Hey Hillary, or whatever your name is, you are not a star, you just lucked into a horny old rage-monster, now sit back, shut up and have the rage-monster spawn.

  12. Elisabeth says:

    don’t threaten us with a good time Alec

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Ha, I have to remember to use this saying. It’s a classic…

    • Bbb1975 says:

      I wish there was a “like” button on this!
      My husband and say this to each others all the time.

    • Liz says:

      See ya dude. Don’t let the door hit you in the big fat ass!

  13. marie says:

    I’m sorry, is there someone stopping him?

  14. Mia 4S says:

    The ironic thing is, it appears that the tabloid scum that wrote the funeral tweeting story was in fact wrong! They didn’t account for time zones and have deleted the story. So Alec could have had the upper hand (probably could have forced a humiliating apology from the tabloid)…but he’s an idiot and a blowhard and now that is the story.

    Social media is the WORST thing to happen to Hollywood.

    • BeesKnees says:

      This is just my opinion, but even though the story was bunk, it was entirely plausible to think Hilaria could have tweeted during the funeral. I think Alec gets all ragey when he realizes people think his new wife is a gold digger. He could have simply said, you didn’t account for time zones but he never did.

    • lucy2 says:

      Exactly – all Alec had to do was say “Not true” and let the facts speak for themselves. Instead he made a big stink and now has a lot of negative press- which will probably make him even more ragey.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      How can someone with so many clocks not be able to tell time?

    • Jess says:

      Social media is the worst thing for narcissistic idiots like Alec Baldwin, Chris Brown, Yeezus, and the KrapTrashian’s.

  15. Cazzie says:

    Two comments:

    1. That midnight blue maternity dress she’s wearing is GORGEOUS. (One has to give credit where credit is due.)

    2. Has he had liposuction under his chin?

  16. Libby says:

    How nice that he gets to chose. Most people who spew such ugliness in public have that choice made for them (see Paul Deen having all business contracts canceled). Why isn’t GLAAD holding him accountable like they did with Bret Rattner?
    Still don’t understand why he was given a free pass for this.

    • Hakura says:

      As was implied by someone else, he probably just wrote a ‘donation’ check on the down-low, to make it all ‘go away’ as much (& as quickly) as possible. (Which would be a shame on GLAAD’s part, if true. Such hateful projection shouldn’t have a price tag, even if it is hitting people where it hurts.)

  17. MousieBrown says:

    Yeah, yeah he’s going to quit acting, quit twitter, blah blah.

    He also was moving to Canada if Bush got elected. Canada, you lucked out with his empty promises.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Perhaps, but we’ve still got an erstwhile citizen by the name of Conrad Black swanning around the Bridle Path and performing his sneer exercises.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      It happens every two years, or so. People of all stripes have a way of romanticizing the country, but we don’t really know how smug and self-satisfied we’re to be about it because it’s a romance steeped in condescension.

      -If Bush wins, I’m going to Canada

      -If Obama wins, I’m going to Canada

      -If this ‘socialist’ health care proposal goes through I’m moving to Canada. I’d tell them, but the joke is just too delicious

      -If gay marriage isn’t legalized, I’m going to Canada. I know a few same-sex couples who actually made good on that declaration and I like their moxie.

      -If we go to Iran, I’m going to Canada

      -If we don’t do away with this ‘affirmative action’ and it’s grubbing recipients I’m going to Canada. Alright, but we already have a huge number of white females.

      -If Sarah Palin gets into office, I’m going to Canada

      -If we go to Vietnam, I’m going to Canada

      Needless to say, our total population is still smaller than that of California, but I can’t see myself living in Iqaluit, either.

  18. EscapedConvent says:

    Well. This post strikes a raw nerve for me. I have been a fan of Alec for many years as an actor, & since he usually agrees with me on politics & social issues, I dig him for that too.

    But Twitter has not been his friend. He has used it to display his personal lack of impulse control & his anger so many times, people no longer care what he thinks about more important things.

    But two criticisms: I hate to say this, but it comes off very distasteful for Alec to connect his “epiphany” about social media to James Gandolfini’s funeral. It comes off as a self-serving attention-grab. I don’t doubt that Alec loved Mr. Gandolfini as a friend and colleague, but let’s leave him out of it.

    Second, I don’t get a “genuine, sincere person” vibe from his new wife at all. In fact, I feel sorry for him re: Hilaria, because I think she is more thrilled about the attention she has had for marrying Alec Baldwin than Alec himself. Check her when she gets in front of a camera. She seems to me to be very attention-hungry. Also I kind of think this new marriage has dumbed him down a bit. Ah well, their marriage is none of my business.

    Rant off.

    P.S. Almost forgot! Thank you to Bedhead for mentioning the “curating”! Everyone is a curator now! When will Goop curate a new line of mayonnaise, I wonder? It’s so ridiculous & pretentious. I have so much respect for real curators that this annoys the hell out of me.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Yeah you and I are the same on this.

      Those “wacky” photos of the him holding Hilaria in his arms at Cannes really drove the final nail into the Baldwin coffin for me-it became clear he had fallen off the edge and was a lost cause.

      The way he handled his divorce from Basinger (not that she was exactly classy about it either), the Twitter rants, and the young wife with questionable intentions all helped to cure me of my fondness for him.

      Sometimes I really hate knowing about actors off-screen personas….

      • Andrea says:

        You and I firmly agree here.

        At some point, the question needs to be asked about whether this man has a serious problem with rage. I give credit for his apologies (bc some never apologize) but he’s engaged in enough offensive behavior at this point that I think it’s ok to question if this man truly has a problem.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      I thought the same thing regarding the funeral. Really, that strikes me as little more than an act of Tweeting By Mouth.

    • Becky1 says:

      I don’t feel sorry for Alec re: Hilaria. When you are a 55 year old wealthy male celebrity you have to understand on some level that young women are interested in you primarily for your money and connections. He made a trade off. I guess it was worth it to him to have the much younger wife who will bear him another child. I’m sorry, I know there are people who will say that age isn’t anything but a number but I think it’s kind of gross when a 55 year old man or woman is with someone 25+ years younger than them.

  19. Mirna says:

    So quit, bitch. Don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split ya on the way out.

  20. decorative item says:

    People who are really going to go away just do it and don’t talk about it.

  21. Mayday says:

    at least he doesnt want to become a musician

  22. GeeMoney says:

    Cry me a river, dude.

    It amazes me that he can be soooo awesome as Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock but be a complete crazy person in real life. Yeesh.

    • Stubbylove says:

      Totally agree. I’ve often “stood up” for AB when talking to friends/family who can’t stand him saying, “oh, you just don’t get him” or “I know he’s kind-of a prick but can’t help but liking him”, blah, blah. But I’m done now – I followed him on Twitter and when I saw his psycho rant I finally realized this guy is truly a total douche with serious anger/rage issues – I was the one who didn’t get it.

  23. Camfil says:

    He is a very good actor. There is a good chance that if he is a part of a film that it will transcend into art that can move one. I do not care about his run ins with the media; they are not my friend. It is not like I will have a drink with him some time.

  24. MissNostalgia says:

    Homophobic bigot; but he gets a pass because he is a liberal.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Well, Paula Deen is a liberal so it’s time to link up with a ‘persecuted’ conservative who is actually a conservative.

    • Kiddo says:

      Who, exactly, gave him a pass?

      And why must a conversation about one person, who is not a politician, completely devolve into complaints about political ideology? I see so much of this all over the internet. The story could be about a dog bite, but somehow someone will post about Obama or liberals.

  25. Jayna says:

    Alec is so talented. I love him in everything he does. But he is the one making a joke of himself. There’s way bigger actors/actresses than him that don’t keep putting foot in mouth with violent outbursts wordwise. Even Howard Stern, who lives in NY and is baited by paps, says Alec needs to calm down. He said it a while back before even these last few outbursts.

    Whining like a baby after his outbursts about twitter and quitting acting and blah, blah, induces rolling-eye moments for me. You’re in your mid-fifties, Alec. No one cares anymore your thoughts afterwards because it’s the same whiny statements afterwards, never taking true responsibility for anything. If you gave a reflective interview about your immature overreactions and your embarrassment and needing to change, I would be interested in that interview, not this usual martyr interview and then a few interviews on entertainment shows afterwards being all lighthearted and funny to offset your violent remarks. Yawn. I hate paps too that run in packs and trail celebs and I only believe gossip rags half the time at most, so get your frustration, just not your immature responses.

  26. Junegorilla says:

    Good. Quit. No one will even remember him in five years.

  27. Dommy Dearest says:

    Please. This man is terrible. Let him leave acting. I’m all for that. I feel sorry for his wife. Raising two babies has to be hard work.

  28. K-Rock says:

    What does he mean he “wishes” he could quit? QUIT! He doesn’t want to give up his lifestyle and money. Sorry pal you can’t have it both ways. I have no sympathy for him. Not an ounce. If he wasn’t so nasty and ragey I might feel a pang, but nope.

  29. Jane says:

    So quit already. I am sick of hearing about your temper tantrums and nasty mouth, then whining about it and acting like a martyr to get sympathy.

  30. Denise says:

    Does anyone have any knowledge or theories on where the seething anger comes from? Is it from having Stephen and Daniel Baldwin as brothers?

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Hahahaha! Good question. I recall seeing Alec in an interview when he was asked about his brothers. His answer was funny. He said “In a family with a lot of sons, you have 2 distinct stereotypes: the Senator, & the Bank Robber. My brother Billy & I are the senators, & Daniel & Stephen are the bank robbers.”

      • Denise says:

        Ha, that’s so true in families with a few kids, there’s always at least one that can’t do life. I come from a family of four and one of my brothers is brilliant creatively but a total mess, he can’t live on his own. Friends who have three or more siblings all have one that makes life hard for the rest of the family. Funny that Alec sees himself as one of the ‘together’ ones!

    • Cpm says:

      It comes from being a lifelong democrat, having to suffer the very existence of all the little people that are just trying to live their lives.

  31. Emily C. says:

    He has plenty of money to live in luxury with his wife for the rest of his life, leave her a good inheritance, and leave a nice little trust fund for the baby. But he’d have to cut back in some areas, so he’s whining. Overprivileged, ragey douche.

  32. NEENAZEE says:

    It would be a shame if he quit acting, since he’s one of the best dramatic and comedic actors working today.

  33. lisa says:

    i dont think he handles spare time well. he should have 3 jobs not zero

  34. Raquel says:

    Ugh, I second the ‘curate’ thing. If you have a graduate degree and use it to procure rare artifacts (typically on behalf of a client or employer who trusts your educated judgment), you are a ‘curator’. If you have none of those things, you are a ‘collector’. If you are an obscenely rich ‘collector’, you might employ a ‘curator’ to help you ‘collect’ things, but it is beyond pretentious to call say that you,personally, ‘curate.’ It’s almost like he was channeling Goopy a little bit when he used that word.

    As for Alec’s Twitter account, I really can’t muster the interest to care that he deleted it, or why. He seriously needs to get anger management therapy, but Levin is hardly a victim in all of this. Levin did something royally scummy, and deserved a good tongue-lashing. My issue with Baldwin’s rant was the homophobia.

  35. mrsmc says:

    He has a beautiful wife and is expecting a child and he is still angry he should just quit acting, but he wont because he likes the attention.

  36. Str8Shooter says:

    He ‘wishes’ he could quit acting??

    What, is there some divine intervention at play here that FORCES him to act and play the same stupid variation on the same stupid persona over and over??

    Go away, Blob Boy!

  37. palermo says:

    Good, please quit

  38. Sabrine says:

    I like him. He’s extremely interesting, intelligent and witty. If the headline on this had been complimentary, the comments would have been positive. It’s negative so the sheep are bleating negative comments, whichever way the wind blows. I’ve noticed this time and again!

    He won’t quit acting. He has no hobbies, nothing to do that is his bliss. A man who retires with nothing to do is an unhappy, bored man, even wealthy ones like Alec.

  39. Stephanie says:

    I remember he said he was supposed to have moved out of the country after George W. Bush was elected the first time. I’m still waiting on that! Lol. He will never quit the media.

  40. jemshoes says:

    Hubby and I have recently started watching Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and the episode featuring Alec was a total fail in my opinion (on par with that featuring Michael Richards). All Seinfeld did was stroke Alec’s massive ego — there wasn’t anything funny or watchable about that!

  41. me says:

    I hope the paps stop following him, than he’ll really sh!t his pants. And too top it off if no one reacts or tries to photo his new baby…

  42. Vanass01 says:

    On a “dinner for five” episode he said he wanted to get into politics. It was a while back but maybe this is what his plan is?

  43. Cpm says:

    What a toxic prick.

  44. Stephanie says:

    Oh, dear.

    Isn’t that how Amanda Bynes began her descent into WTFuckery?

    This should be interesting.

  45. Cookie says:

    It’s getting tough to keep count of all of the insane outbursts/public meltdowns this man has had and how many times he has raged against minorities and gay men.

  46. lambchops says:

    He’s been so nasty for so long. I can’t help but think, if a woman had done and said the same things he has done and said, their career would have been over years ago.

    • Kiddo says:

      Yeah, that, or they’d be a big star on reality TV. Just sayin’.

    • Sherri says:

      Yes. Look at Paula Deen. Baldwin has been spewing his hate filled rants for years. He should take the same fall as Mel Gibson. The truth is that Mel Gibson has taken a huge hit because many Jewish people run Hollywood. I don’t think there will be the same backlash for Baldwin because the gay people he insults are not running Hollywood studios. Not right and not fair!!

  47. crtb says:

    Does anyone else remember the women Alec dated before Hilarious? He had several long term relationships with women who had their own careers before him and were smart together women. You never saw them on the red carpet. The paps rarely took their pictures and they were content to stay in the background of his famous life. Then he meet this yoga instructor who knocks his socks off and the next thing you know, Alec is jumping on a couch, madly in love. I can’t fault her for taking advantage of a great situation. It was obvious that he was blown away by her. So why shouldn’t she set up her financial future to the max. Have a baby right away, have him open doors in an industry that previously would not have given her the time of day. When she divorces him, she write a book or go on a reality show and blab about his anger issues. And everyone will feel sorry for her because we are all aware of his inability to control his anger. I bet she is taping his conversations at this moment! She’ll sue him for half of his fortune, ask for sole custody in order to push him over the edge. She is cut from the same cloth as Mel Gibson’s ex. Smart like a fox.

  48. crtb says:

    Has anyone else notice that when they first started dating, he lost a ton of weight, got a snazzy new haircut, the color of his hair was always maintained brown with highlights. His wardrobe had become more youthful. He can’t keep up with his pretty young thing. He is gaining the weight back. He is totally grey. He is beginning to dress sloppy again.

  49. GirlyGirl says:

    Quit acting?

    I’m still waiting for him to start.