Wednesday 13 December 2017

Alec Baldwin's long goodbye

Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

ALEC Baldwin, left, joined Shia LaBeouf's 'stop paying attention to us just because we're totally fascinating' bandwagon last week with his stunning essay in New York magazine. It went something like this: "I'm Alec Baldwin. Alec Baldwin badly needs some privacy, people. So here's a 6,000 word "controversial" essay about Alec Baldwin. By Alec Baldwin."

He also lets New York know that it really let him down. It might have blown its one chance of having him as a public representative.

But, instead of threatening (again) to leave Twitter, he's "leaving public life" and moving to LA where photographers will scatter petals at his feet – presumably. Perhaps those who slogged their way to the end of the piece were supposed to go 'nooooo Alec Brawlwin ... don't retreat from public life in a huff. Your public needs you. Just because TV executives are big scaredy cats and won't let you say and do anything you want, doesn't mean you have to retreat to a mansion in LA.' But The Big Apple found it hard to care about a man who gets his knickers in a twist about "the gay department of justice" while baiting people with words like 'tranny'.

Perhaps it was that Americans hardly had time to cry for Alec when so many of them are wearing a black veil about the axing of Piers Morgan's CNN show. And, oh look. It's just been announced that Alec Baldwin will guest star on Law & Order. We've missed him.

Donal Lynch

Sunday Indo Living

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