What's Eating Alec Baldwin?

'I don’t think I really have a talent for movie acting,' laments Red October star
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2008 5:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – Alec Baldwin—star of a hit TV show, winner of Golden Globes and SAG Awards, co-star to Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman—isn't all that jazzed about acting anymore. “There’s just something else I want to do,” the 50-year-old actor tells Ian Parker in the New Yorker. “I spend the waking hours of my life saying things that other people think and say and do—and behaving as someone else. I’m tired of it. I want to be me!"

What might that entail? Maybe he'll host a classical radio show or run a hotel. Or maybe this is all lingering midlife angst. Baldwin is still brooding over his divorce from Kim Basinger and the ensuing ugly custody battle over their daughter. And though he denigrates his own acting chops and can tick off a string of flops, he still longs for one star-eclipsing role. "Oh to be Leo," he says. As younger brother Billy puts it: "There's always something for him to be f---ing whining about."