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Alec Baldwin reflects on that wacky voicemail and the extremes it pushed him to (though no mention of his daughter)


I’m always surprised, when I read that a big star gave an interview to Playboy, to realize that Playboy still exists.

Usually that realization overshadows whatever revelation the interview reveals. In the case of Alec Baldwin’s chat with the mag, which appears in the July/August issue, it’s about a tie.

According to TVGuide.com — no, I’m not linking directly to Playboy’s Web site, sheesh — Baldwin pondered suicide in the aftermath of his voicemail tirade at his 11-year-old daughter being published online.

You remember that tirade, right? No? Well, here it is…

Alec Baldwin, unleashed

That was pretty bizarre, and I was inclined to give him something of a break on the grounds that moms and dads lose their cool from time to time. Then again, he’s a public figure not shy about saying what he thinks about other public figures, and it’s not like he sounded too remorseful about his words so much as he was about getting caught.

From what he told Playboy, it sounds like he still doesn’t quite get it. To him, it seems to be all about his battle with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

“I spoke to a lot of professionals, who helped me,” Baldwin said. “If I committed suicide, [ex-wife Kim Basinger’s side] would have considered that a victory. Destroying me was their avowed goal.”

Seriously? This from a guy who champions the plight of alienated fathers. What about alienated kids?

I can’t imagine this does much for 30 Rock‘s off-season buzz, especially on the heels of an off-kilter third season. But hey, it should be a boon for Playboy’s newsstand sales.

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 18th, 2009 at 9:17 am by Brian Howard. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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