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Alec Baldwin Takes A Look Back At His ‘Complicated’ Career, Announces Plans For Retirement in 2012

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In an interview with Playboy last July, Alec Baldwin, who in recent years has endured the Grand Guignol of custody battles with his ex-wife Kim Basinger, a humiliating tabloid scandal and experienced a career resurgence thanks to his role on NBC’s 30 Rock, talked about, among other things, his unusual career choices:

PLAYBOY: Every article written about you cites your decision to do A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway—which cost you Patriot Games—as the reason you dropped off the superstar track. Would you do it differently now?

BALDWIN: I don’t know if I’m so certain and self-assured about the choices I’ve made. Sometimes I think, What if I had done it their way? Where would it have led?

I guess we’ll never know, although, it probably wouldn’t have led to playing a psychopath opposite Demi Moore in the preposterous 1996 thriller The Juror, that’s for sure. In the upcoming issue of Men’s Health, he also takes the opportunity to look back on his movie career and discuss his retirement from show business. Baldwin, who’s already been getting rave reviews for his performance in Nancy Meyers‘ comedy It’s Complicated (pictured above with co-star Meryl Streep), which is set to open December 18, told the magazine:

I consider my entire movie career a complete failure. The goal of movie-making 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.

When his contract with 30 Rock ends in 2012, Baldwin said he plans to retire:

I don’t have any interest in acting anymore. I’m not young, but I have time to do something else.

While in the past, he’s hinted at entering the political realm, he may opt, instead for a simpler existence. In the Playboy interview from July he talked about his fantasy of leaving the business:

I have this silly fantasy. I get married again, I have a kid. I’d love another shot at that, with everything I’ve learned. My kid’s like eight, comes home and says, ‘Dad, Jimmy’s mom says you were a famous actor on TV and in the movies. Is that true?’ And I go, ‘Yes, Johnny, Dad was famous.’ I whip out my scrapbooks and my DVDs and say, ‘Believe it or not, that’s your dad.’ And my kid’s like, ‘You used to be on TV and everything? And now you stay home and just clean the house all day while Mom works?’ ‘That’s right, son.’ It’s a dream, that the kid doesn’t know anything about that part of my life. Our normal life is uncontaminated by it.

Sounds like he just woke up on wrong side of the bed. I’m sure once he wins another Emmy and gets a big raise for his role on 30 Rock, he’ll be back to starring in badly written thrillers like the ones in his 90s heyday. Mercury Rising 2 wouldn’t be the same without him.

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