Right around the time that Alec Baldwin was spewing vitriolic voicemails at his daughter Ireland, he stated that he was quitting the business to focus on family. According to Alec, the folks over at 30 Rock wouldn’t release him from his contract, so we’ve been stuck with Jack Donaghy ever since. For that I am very thankful.
Now a bit of time has passed and Alec still wants out of this. “I don’t have any interest in acting anymore. Movies are part of my past. It’s been 30 years. I’m not young, but I have time to do something else. 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.” Alec, are you nuts? You’re the narrator of the Thomas the Tank Engine movies; if that doesn’t qualify as both a “critical and commercial success” (as well as a personal sanity-keeper for this chick) I don’t know what does!
Of course, Baldwin could go all Cher/Streisand/Stones on us and have one of those fancy comebacks in a few years, but it doesn’t sound like that’s his plan. Although he doesn’t directly admit it, I can almost guarantee you that he’s clearing his schedule so that he can pursue a political career. He’s so Ronnie Reagan, except, you know … a Dem.