With a couple Emmy’s under his belt as lovable GE tycoon Jack Donaghy, Alec Baldwin plans to hang up his acting career after his 30 Rock role ends in 2012, according to the NY Daily News.
The reasons for his pending retirement seem fairly natural for Baldwin, whose been in the business for decades now. “I don’t have any interest in acting anymore,” he said in an interview for an upcoming issue of Men’s Journal. “Movies are part of my past. It’s been 30 years. I’m not young, but I have time to do something else.”
Baldwin’s movie career more or less peaked in the ‘90s with his performances in The Hunt for Red October, Miami Blues and Glengarry Glen Ross. Aside from an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in 2003’s The Cooler, his big-screen success has been sparse as of late, though he’s certainly kept busy with 30 Rock.
Still, the actor remains his own worst critic. “It’s a difficult thing to say, but I believe it: I consider my entire movie career a complete failure,” he said in the aforementioned interview. “I’ll tell you why. The goal of moviemaking 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.”
Baldwin’s upcoming movie, It’s Complicated, is a tangled love story co-starring Meryl Streep and Steve Martin, due out Christmas Day.