Alec Baldwin's Next Role Makes It Clear He's Just Messing With Us

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Alec BaldwinHey, remember when Alec Baldwin posted a giant angry letter in New York Magazine titled, "Goodbye, Public Life" in which he ranted about everything from the "Gay Department of Justice" (which he followed up by referring to someone as a "tranny") to Shia LaBeouf (okay, we'll give him that one) to MSNBC to his millions in charitable giving (way to work that in, dude) to the worst bugaboo of all: the media?

Baldwin actually makes some decent points about tabloid culture in his diatribe, although it's not easy to sift through the throbbing rage to find them. He concludes by dramatically stating he's leaving public life behind to become an actor again, whatever that means.

And now for a moment of pure, unadulterated irony: Alec Baldwin, who hates New York and hates the media, will be guest starring in an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU as ... drumroll, please ...

A New York newspaper reporter.

Haaaaaaaa, sometimes I'm pretty sure Alec Baldwin is masterfully trolling us all. I mean, at some point you just can't take the repeated public blustering about how I'm going to take my ball and go home, THIS TIME I REALLY MEAN IT seriously. Remember when he threw a big hissy fit via The Huffington Post -- the same publication he scathingly referred to as "tripe" in his New York Magazine piece, by the way -- and he declared,

If quitting the television business, the movie business, the theater, any component of entertainment, is necessary in order to bring safety and peace to my family, then that is an easy choice.

That was back in November. He's since changed his tune on a few topics (Rachel Maddow, who he referred to then as "perhaps the single most important television journalist on the air today," is now "the ultimate wonk/dweeb" who's "a phony who doesn’t have the same passion for the truth off-camera that she seems to have on the air"), including his desire to actually quit the entertainment business.

No, he's just quitting public life. But in the meantime, he's going to take on a high-profile role playing an intrusive, meddling member of the media:

Jimmy MacArthur, a controversial New York newspaper columnist who questions the SVU squad’s motives during the investigation of a potential hate crime/rape case. Katie Couric also makes a cameo appearance, playing herself as a talk show host who quizzes MacArthur about the headline grabbing case.

SVU's executive producer and showrunner is nearly breathless about Baldwin's performance in the episode:

New York City has had a long history of high profile and controversial newspaper columnists, whose influence extends beyond the newsroom. In our story, ‘Jimmy Mac's' reporting interferes with the investigation, which has a ripple effect when the case goes to trial. We couldn't ask for a better actor for Mariska to work with in her directorial debut. Their chemistry on screen is palpable.

Also palpable: my suspicion that Alec Baldwin doesn't really want to be left alone at all. I think he loves the attention, the controversy, and the opportunities to use the media as his personal soapbox while simultaneously denouncing it at every step.

And don't even get me started on his wife. If THIS is a woman who cherishes privacy, then I have a bridge to sell you. In New York, where according to Alec Baldwin, his family just can't have a normal, decent life sheltered from the prying eyes of strangers.

 

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