Alec Baldwin on Twitter: 'Never' Again

And he wants to quit acting, too
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2013 8:50 AM CDT
Alec Baldwin arrives for the funeral service of James Gandolfini in New York's the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Thursday, June 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) Vanity Fair had the pleasure of chatting with Alec Baldwin just days after his latest Twitter rant. Ostensibly the interview was about a photo collection Baldwin curated and his new movie, Blue Jasmine, but of course Twitter came up. Asked whether he'll ever open his account again, Baldwin replied, "Never. No. I went to Jimmy Gandolfini’s funeral, and when I was there I realized Jimmy Gandolfini didn’t have Twitter. Jimmy Gandolfini was so beloved as a person, and he was so admired as an actor, and he didn’t give a f--- about social media. I really learned a lesson at the funeral. I said to myself, This is all a waste of time. ... It’s just another chink in your armor for people to come and kill you. I stopped and said to myself, I’m going to try where I just don’t do this anymore." (Baldwin's Twitter account is actually back online, so maybe he's just not planning to tweet from it anymore.)

From there, Baldwin segues into a fantasy that his expected daughter with wife Hilaria will have no idea he was ever a celebrity: "I have one dream in my life and that is that this daughter I’m having—she comes to me about seven or eight years from now, she has a friend, and she’s at her house and she says, 'Daddy, Susie’s mom says you used to be on TV. Daddy, is that true?' She has no knowledge of me as a public person. That would be heaven for me." But will he really quit acting? "I’d love to if I could, yeah. That would be the greatest thing in the world," he says. But only if he "could find something else to do," he adds. (At the Monday event, Baldwin was reportedly acting strangely and talking with an accent—click for the details.)

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