Alec Baldwin Says He's Quitting Acting
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Baldwin, who's role as Jack Donaghy on the NBC sitcom "30 Rock" has earned him numerous awards, told "Men's Journal" that he is calling it quits when his contract with the show expires in two years.
"I don't have any interest in acting anymore," he said. "I'm not young, but I have time to do something else."
"In March 2012, I'll wake up and say, 'What am I going to do now? Am I done?' I think I will be done. I may finish a play or something, but I'm retiring at the wrap party."
Baldwin, who won his second Emmy award for the NBC series this fall, also admitted to the magazine that he has been disappointed with his performance on the big screen.
Baldwin has a host of memorable roles under his belt -- including those of Jack Ryan in 1990's "The Hunt For Red October" (opposite Sean Connery), Adam Maitland in 1988's "Beetle Juice," and Shelly Caplow in 2003's "The Cooler" (which earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination) but, he said he doesn't think much of his film resume.
"I consider my entire movie career a complete failure" he told the magazine. "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 said.
"And now, the movies I've been in, I never give them a moment's thought. Every movie I've ever been in, I just avoid," he added.
He did admit, however, that he jumped on the cast for "It's Complicated," which is due out on Christmas Day, opposite Meryl Streep and his 2010 Oscar co-host Steve Martin, provided a thrill.
"The only reason I did it is because of the chance to work with Meryl," he said. "Meryl!"
Baldwin is set to host co-host the Academy Awards in March with Martin.