As the film 2012 so subtly demonstrated, the Mayans predicted that Armageddon would take place in 2012.
And you know what? They were right. Although a lot of what they said is open to interpretation. Some assume they meant that the world will literally come crashing to a fiery end in 2012, while others think it’ll be the year when the sequel to Thomas And The Magic Railroad is officially ruled out forever. Big fans of Thomas The Tank Engine, the Mayans.
If the latter is correct, they were onto something all along. Alec Baldwin has announced that he’s quitting the acting business forever in 2012. This is clearly a tragedy, because that means that Stephen will get promoted to Most Famous Baldwin. Ugh.
The next decade is going to be one of terrible upheaval. Not because climate change will kick in and we’ll spend half of it submerged in defrosted north pole. Not because China will emerge as the leading world superpower and we’ll all be forced to pretend that we like Jackie Chan more than we actually do. No, it’s because both Oprah Winfrey and Alec Baldwin are leaving us. Oprah’s decided to bow out to set up a network that nobody will watch in 2011, and Alec Baldwin has announced that he’s going to give up acting the following year.
Because what you probably don’t realise is that there’s more to Alec Baldwin than simply acting. He’s also dedicated to writing stroppy little blogs for The Huffington Post whenever he feels like it, plus he’s been promising to write a book about what a massive bitch Kim Basinger is for as long as anybody can remember, plus he’s yet to come up with an insult even less appropriate than “You’re a rude, thoughtless little pig,” so he needs some time to work on that. Plus he clearly wants to be the president of America so much that it’s sort of embarrassing to watch.
So he’s done. Alec Baldwin is seeing out his 30 Rock commitments, and then he’s done with acting forever. Reuters reports:
“I don’t have any interest in acting anymore… I consider my entire movie career a complete failure,” he told Men’s Journal. “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.”
We can’t help feeling that this is a mistake. Ask anybody and they’ll be able to reel off a list of classic Alec Baldwin moments. The scene in Glengarry Glen Ross. His narration in The Royal Tenenbaums. Stealing The Departed from the rest of the cast. The ‘God complex’ speech from Malice. Aside from middle-aged binge-eating, acting is the only thing that Alec Baldwin is any good at. He’s a good actor. In fact, no, Alec Baldwin is a great actor.
Admittedly that’s compared to the rest of the Baldwin brothers. And, now we come to think of it, you could put a monkey in a deerstalker and it’d look like a great actor compared to the rest of the Baldwin brothers. So Alec Baldwin can do whatever he likes, we suppose.