Alec Baldwin Calls it Quits After 30 Rock

December 1, 2009

Actor Alec Baldwin has said in an interview that after his successful television show 30 Rock comes to a close so, too, will his acting career. He's made similar statements before, but it looks like he means business this time: Baldwin might actually be calling it quits in the next couple of years.

Reuters got a sneak peek at an interview Baldwin did with Men's Journal in which he pretty clearly lays out his retirement plans. The stuff he says about his own career is surprisingly bleak:

I don't have any interest in acting anymore. ...Movies are a part of my past. It's been 30 years. I'm not young, but I have time to do something else. ...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. ...And now, the movies I've been in, I never give them a moment's thought. Every movie I've ever been in, I just avoid.

Wow. Talk about being your own worst critic. Baldwin needs to cut himself some slack and give himself some credit for a long, exciting career that has produced some pretty excellent performances. As has been noted other places, his movie-stealing performance in Glengarry Glen Ross alone is enough to merit a lifetime achievement award, to say nothing of his work in films like The Hunt for Red October, Beetlejuice, an Oscar nomination for The Cooler, and so on. 

In short, it will be a sad day if and when Baldwin does finally retire. His performances seem to only improve with time as do the projects he becomes a part of, such as his recent knock-out performance in Lyme Life (we won't bring up It's Complicated).

Is there anything to be done about this? Will Baldwin change his mind when 30 Rock's tenure finally comes to an end?

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