Alec Baldwin Regrets His Acting Career

The Emmy winner's been enjoying a professional comeback -- except that he isn't, apparently, enjoying it!

Poor Alec Baldwin -- he's got a hit TV show, a recently revived film career, two Emmys, three Golden Globes, and an Oscar nomination. And he wishes he could walk away from it all. The 52-year-old actor told CNN on Tuesday that he plans to retire from acting entirely as soon as his 30 Rock contract ends in 2012.

"As much as I like acting, I know that I would love to have a different life. A private life," says Baldwin. "I think that doing this now for a living has become really, really hard. And I would rather go do other things and have... more of a normal life."

It's not that Alec Baldwin doesn't love the arts; in fact, he just donated $1 million in scholarship money to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. But he seems to think he picked the wrong one. While Baldwin has been earning accolades for his comedy skills on 30 Rock, he's become obsessed with classical music, taking a gig as the radio announcer for the New York Philharmonic. "It's what I wish I'd done with my life," he says with apparent sincerity. "To conduct, to be the executive director of a symphony -- what could be better than that?"

Let's see, what could be better than that? How about a shelf sagging with major awards, a lucrative film career and a universally beloved TV role? Don't get us wrong; there's more to life than accolades and being a household name, and Baldwin has a right to do whatever makes him happy. But his whole "Oh, how I wish I wasn't a famous actor" routine seems a bit much. There are certainly actors who seem uncomfortable with their level of fame; Harrison Ford comes to mind. The Indiana Jones star keeps a low profile, avoids headline-making behavior and looks like he'd rather be having a root canal every time he's photographed or interviewed.

But we just don't get that vibe from Baldwin. If anything, he seems to revel in attention. He's largely unapologetic about the shocking things he's said on camera and off. Even in the CNN interview (below), he milks every moment onscreen, cracking jokes and flirting with the correspondent. That's why, when we first heard he wanted to quit acting, we thought he was just looking for validation. But now we think he's just being a curmudgeon. But we also think he may actually mean it... for now. Baldwin already had a major comeback once, and when he's done hanging out with symphonies and trying not to be famous, it seems inevitable that he'll be wooed back into more acting contracts. And he'll probably complain about it then, too.

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