Alec Baldwin: I Wanted to Gut and Kill TMZ's Harvey Levin
Nope, Love and Marriage Haven't Tamed the 30 Rock Star's Infamous Temper
We'd start off this story by congratulating Alec Baldwin for his weekend marriage to yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas, but you never know exactly what might set off his temper, so we'll just launch right into the good stuff.
In a new Vanity Fair cover interview, Baldwin delves into his reputation for having, to put it mildly, anger management issues, telling the magazine that his anger issues spark from the industry he works in and his bitter child custody case with ex-wife Kim Basinger.
"You know, Hollywood does draw some very strange characters, and then the power of Hollywood and what they can do with it becomes like a blood sport to them," Baldwin says.
And of TMZ producer Harvey Levin, whose website released the 2007 audio recording of Baldwin's rage-fueled voicemail for his daughter (a.k.a. the "rude, thoughtless little pig" rant) during his custody battle with Basinger, Baldwin tells Vanity Fair, "I wanted to stick a knife in him and gut him and kill him, and I wanted him to die breathing his last breath looking into my eyes."
Baldwin also tells the magazine that he now has a "cordial" relationship with Basinger, that he's invited fellow angry dude Mel Gibson to be a guest on his WNYC podcast and that, along with a sugar-free lifestyle, he also no longer drinks alcohol.
And while friends like 30 Rock creator and co-star Tina Fey and Saturday Night Live producer (and longtime Baldwin friend) Lorne Michaels share that Baldwin seems to have what can be summed up as a predilection for being hoisted by his own petard, Baldwin himself says he's actually still considering a political career.
"I think I do want to go into politics. I really, really do," he says. "And I don’t know if I will."
Given his recent Twitter rants, continuing meltdowns with paparazzi and, of course, his long history of angry behavior, it's tough to see how even the goodwill his Emmy-winning 30 Rock role has afforded him would allow him to overcome his reputation and launch a successful political career.
The cover line on the Vanity Fair article, after all, is "Smart Alec: Why Alec Baldwin Just Can't Shut Up."
Maybe that's not just an observation, but also a bit of shrewd advice for Baldwin if he's serious about running for a political office, no?