Alec Baldwin has announced he is retiring from public life.
But rather than post a simple tweet declaring his quiet departure – only to re-emerge with a freak spate of bizarre performance art incidences and a cannon of Cantona quotes – he decided to go out in the most public way possible: an epic essay called ‘I Give Up’ blasting everyone from the media to LaBeouf himself, published in New York magazine.
His big exit piece follows a string of run-ins with the media that appear to have escalated since a reporter accused his wife Hilaria of tweeting her way through his friend, late Sopranos actor James Gandolfini’s funeral in June 2013. He responded by labelling the male reporter a “toxic little queen”.
In November the same year, he allegedly hurled homophobic abuse at a paparazzi who got too close for comfort. Baldwin apparently called him a “c**ks**king f*g”.
The two incidences saw his popularity take a nosedive with the LGBT community and, ultimately, cost him his job as a talk show host for broadcaster MSNBC.
During his near impenetrable rant, he also blames people like Shia LaBeouf for pushing him to brink of his apparent professionalism - a place it seems he failed to claw his way back to.
“It's good-bye to public life in the way that you try to communicate with an audience playfully like we're friends, beyond the work you are actually paid for. Letterman. Saturday Night Live," he wrote.
"That kind of thing. I want to go make a movie and be very present for that and give it everything I have, and after we're done, then the rest of the time is mine.
"I started out as an actor, where you seek to understand yourself using the words of great writers and collaborating with other creative people. Then I slid into show business, where you seek only an audience's approval, whether you deserve it or not. I think I want to go back to being an actor now.”
Alec also expressed his hate for the media.
“Now I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible," he said.
"I used to engage with the media knowing that some of it would be adversarial, but now it's superfluous at best and toxic at its worst. If MSNBC went off the air tomorrow, what difference would it make?
"If the Huffington Post went out of business tomorrow, what difference would it make? Arianna Huffington accomplished what she wanted to accomplish. She created this wonderful thing. And what have they done with that?
"They want clicks, I get it. They've gotta have clicks for their advertisers, so they're going to need as much Kim Kardashian and wardrobe malfunctions as possible. The other day, they had a thing on the home page about pimples. Tripe. Liberal and conservative media are now precisely equivalent.”